Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.)

Performance Workshop Lecture
Nourishment/Support Educational Activities


Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.)is a three-week summer intensive training program that introduces the traditional arts of Noh, Kyogen, and Nihonbuyo. The program is based on the traditional practice-recital approach, and aims to allow participants to learn the skills and spirit of traditional performing arts, and also build on their own self-expression and/or supplement their research activities.

First year

Founded in 1984 by Jonah Salz and Akira Shigeyama, since 2000 organized by Kyoto Art Center. Matthew W. Shores has been a program director since 2015.

Schedule of T.T.T. 2018

Wed. 18 July, 2018 - Fri. 10 August, 2018

Application Details


Open to anybody (including researchers) actively involved with artistic forms of expression such as theater and dance. Participants should be able to commit to attending all scheduled sessions, from orientation to the final recital. Participants should have a strong desire to learn about traditional performing arts. Open to all nationalities, ages, and genders.


24 participants total〈approximately 8 per class〉


General 90,000 yen, Student 85,000 yen
※ Veterans of previous T.T.T. will receive a discount. (Tuition: 60,000 yen)

Application procedures:

Complete the application form and send it to the Kyoto Art Center by post or email (hand deliveries are also accepted)

Application open and deadline:

Mon. February 26th, 2018 ~ Mon. April 30th, 2018

[NOTE: 2018/5/28]
Because of cancellations, we additionally accept applications of Kyogen course from 1st of June.


Program director and Kyoto Art Center carefully reviews and evaluates applications. Applicants will be notified of the results as applications are
received. Applications may not be accepted if capacity is
reached prior to deadline.


It is the responsibility of applicants to arrange their own accommodations. (Kyoto Art Center can provide assistance, if necessary.)

Travel Insurance:

Participants from countries outside Japan are responsible for purchasing their own travel insurance.


Noh: Shingo Katayama, Hiromichi Tamoi, Nobuyuki Oe
Kyogen: Akira Shigeyama, Yasushi Maruishi, Doji Shigeyama
Nihonbuyo: Yayoi Wakayagi
Kotsuzumi (option) : Yasuko Hisada, Naoko Takahashi

Program Director

Matthew W. Shores (Assistant professor of Japanese at the University of Colorado Boulder)

Past contents

Program for T.T.T. 2017
Noh: (shimai) "Chikubushima" "Kosode Soga" "Kazuraki" (utai) "Iwafune"
Kyogen: (kyogen) "Shibiri" "Funefuna" (komai) "Tsuchiguruma" "Sakazuki"
Nihonbuyo: "Kyo no Shiki" "Ame no Goro" "Genroku Hanamiodori" "Ayame Yukata"
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