Traditional Theater Training 40th Anniversary 2024 Call for Applications

Traditional Theater Training 40th Anniversary 2024 Call for Applications
Traditional Theater Training 40th Anniversary 2024 Call for Applications
Traditional Theater Training 40th Anniversary 2024 Call for Applications
Traditional Theater Training 40th Anniversary 2024 Call for Applications
Traditional Theater Training 40th Anniversary 2024 Call for Applications
Traditional Theater Training 40th Anniversary 2024 Call for Applications
Traditional Theater Training 40th Anniversary 2024 Call for Applications

Knowing, learning, polishing — discover the “new” in tradition this summer.

Established in 1984, Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.) is a summer training program in classical Japanese performing arts offered to practitioners and researchers of performing arts. The program invites participants to a three week intensive training period, culminating in a recital at the century-old Ōe Nō Theater. Under the guidance of distinguished masters, participants learn the techniques and spirit of Japanese traditional performing arts, gaining the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and discover new physicality and expression. This is a physical, intensive program, although participants are encouraged to independently study the historical and aesthetic backgrounds.



Courses offered

Nō: lyric dance-theater

Kyōgen: stylized comedy

Optional additional course

 Nihonbuyō: classical dance

Kotsuzumi: drum


Nō: Katayama Shingo, Tamoi Hiromichi, Ōe Nobuyuki

Kyōgen: Shigeyama Sennojō, Suzuki Minoru, Yamashita Moriyuki

Nihonbuyō: Wakayagi Yayoi

Kotuzumi: Hisada Yasuko, Takahashi Naoko

Application Deadline

Tuesday April 30 2024, 23:59 JST

Applicants will be notified of the results on a rolling basis, no later than mid-May. Deadline may be shortened or extended until the courses are fully enrolled.

Application Procedures

 In 2024, T.T.T. offers lyric dance-theatre Nō and classical Kyōgen, with optional additional courses in Nihonbuyō (classical dance) and Kotsuzumi shoulder drum. The program is open to people from all countries and backgrounds. We look forward reviewing applications from enthusiastic applicants.

Dates 18 July-9 August

Requirements for Application Open to all:students and teachers, researchers and artists actively involved with artistic forms of expression such as theater and dance. Those interested in Japanese culture, regardless of educational or artistic background, are also encouraged to apply. Participants should be able to commit to attending all scheduled sessions, from orientation to the final recital. Open to all nationalities, ages, and genders. Japanese language proficiency is not required.

Course capacity Approximately 8 participants per Course

Application procedures

Required documents:

  • Application form
  • C.V.(educationa and/or artistic background)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Photo

If applying for student tuition, please  include a copy of your I.D.

For applications by post: Please fill out the application form attached to the brochure and send with required documents listed there to the address below.

KYOTO ART CENTER, Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156 JAPAN 

For applications by email: Download the Application Forms from here. Complete the Application Form and include with other required  documents sent to the e-mail address below. 

T.T.T. 2024 email:


Nō course / Kyōgen course 90,000 yen

Student discount / Repeater discount  70,000 yen

Options / Nihonbuyō workshops 15,000 yen,Kotsuzumi workshops 15,000 yen

Applicants may participate in only one Course. It is not possible to take both the optional Nihonbuyō and Kotsuzumi workshops, as these take place 5-6 afternoons, sometimes simultaneously.

These prices include training tuition, a practice fan, recital, and video and photo data of the recital.

*Those with their own fans will receive a 5,000 yen discount.

*Participants wear white cotton tabi (split-toed socks) for all rehearsals. For the recital, and Nihonbuyō optional class, cotton summer kimono(yukata)and obi sashes are required–participants may use their own or rent them from KAC for 1,000 yen. We will advise participants where to purchase these at the Orientation.


1)Orientation Thursday, July 18th 2:00 pm

Orientation provides an overview of the respective Courses’ styles of practice and recital contents.

2)Training Friday, July 19th – Thursday August 8th 

Participants will divide into respective courses and study intensively in groups led by Japanese masters, active professional artists. Participants will not only gain skills in the art, but also physically experience the spirituality of traditional performance through formal practice.

*There will be some holidays.

*Teachers will decide the course contents based on participant’s aptitudes and goals.


Friday, August 9th 

Venue: Ōe Nō Theater

Participants perform dance, chant, and short plays on this hundred year-old Nō stage, supported by their teachers, who will then offer special professional performances.


 T.T.T. 40th Anniversary Director: Jonah Salz

Assistant Director: Jane Traynor




料金 有料
会場 京都芸術センター


Katayama Shingo

Kanze School Nō actor. Born in 1968, he apprenticed under his father Kenjirō and Katayama Yūsetsu, a living national treasure (Ningen kokuhō), debuting at age three. He directs the Kashû-juku project, with the aim of raising interest among Japanese people in their traditional arts. Using various means, such as Tsumugi-no-kai, he has revived Nō plays "Watatsumi" and "anaihara", raising general appreciation for traditional forms.

Tamoi Hiromichi

Kanze School Nō actor. Born in 1970, he is the son of Tamoi Hirokazu. He apprenticed under Hayashi Kiemon XIII, with his first stage performance was at the age of three. He has participated in many performances overseas. He promotes Nō by lecturing to a wide range people, from small children to the elderly.

Ōe Nobuyuki

Kanze School Nō actor. Born in 1976, he completed his Nō apprenticeship under his father Matasaburō Ⅶand Katayama Yūsetsu. His first stage performance was at the age of three in the play "Oimatsu". He promotes Nō by coaching the Nō club at Nara Women’s University, and lecturing on the art to elementary, junior high, and high school students at his family stage, the Ōe Nō Theatre. He received Kyoto City’s Upcoming Artist award in

Shigeyama Sennojō

Ōkura School Kyogen actor. Born in 1983, he apprenticed with his grandfather, Sennojō II. His first stage performance was at the age of three. In the same year, he had his first lead role in the play Iroha. In May of 2006, he appeared in Tsurigitsune (Snaring the fox). Sennojō attended an American school in Japan, and is a bilingual kyogen performer. In December 2018 he was given the name Shigeyama Sennojō III. He received Encouragement Prize of Kyoto Prefecture cultural award in 2019.

Suzuki Minoru

Ōkura school Kyogen actor. Born in 1978 in Tokyo, Suzuki began his kyōgen apprenticeship under Shigeyama Senzaburō in 2006. He first began theater activities at university, working as an actor and model in the Kanto region. His first kyōgen performance was Tied to a Pole in 2006, in commemoration of the opening of the Japan Foundation, New Delhi. He joined the Kyoto Nōgaku Training Program in 2007. In 2011, he founded the Kyōgen Five Laughters Troupe with fellow disciples. He has apprenticed with Shigeyama Shime since 2021.

Yamashita Moriyuki

Ōkura school kyogen actor. Born 1976 in Kagoshima. Yamashita began his apprenticeship under Shigeyama Sengorō XIII (Sensaku V) in 2001 after meeting Shigeyama Masakuni (now Sengorō). In 2002, Yamashita returned to his hometown of Kagoshima, to promote kyōgen through outreach and workshops. In 2008, determined to make a fresh start as a professional, he underwent a second apprenticeship under Shigeyama Sengoro XIII (Sensaku V). In 2011, he founded the Kyōgen Five Laughters Troupe with fellow young disciples.

Wakayagi Yayoi

Wakayagi School Nihonbuyō dancer. She began her apprenticeship at age two under her mother, Wakayagi Kinya. Since 2014, she has trained under the fourth head of the Wakayagi School, Wakayagi Juen. She hosts the “Kaname Recital” and runs her own Nihonbuyō studio, dedicated to fostering the next generation of dancers and further developing the art.

Hisada Yasuko

Ōkura school kotsuzumi player. Hisada trained under the 16th family head, Okura Genjirō, as well as her father Hisada Shunichirō. She graduated the Osaka Nogaku Training Society performing the Nō Ran and Shyakkyo. She received the 2005 Osaka Perfoming Arts Upcoming Artist Award for Dōjōji and performed Ataka in 2010 at the privately sponsored Kousuke and Yasuko Nō Performance. She is passionate about promoting nōgaku and the preservation of the traditional performing arts.

Takahashi Naoko

Ōkura school kotsuzumi player. Takahashi trained under Hisada Shunichirō and graduated from the Osaka Nogaku Training Society in 2004 with a performance of Shōjō Ran and Shyakkyo in 2009. She organizes the Shogetsu troupe alongside teachers Hisada Shunichirō and Yasuko. She also lectures in classrooms around the country providing traditional cultural education.

Jonah Salz, 40th Anniversary Director

Co-founder and director T.T.T. from 1984-2016. He is delighted to return for T.T.T.@40. Salz has directed dozens of plays for the Noho Theatre Group, employing traditional noh-kyogen techniques and spirit to interpret Western and original plays. Salz has taught traditional Japanese comparative theatre at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, from 1996-2024. He co-edited the kyogen special issue of Asian Theatre Journal (2007) and A History of Japanese Theatre (Cambridge, 2016). His is an ardent student and fan of three generations of the Shigeyama Sennojo family.

Jane Traynor, Assistant Director

Jane Traynor is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa specializing in Japanese theatre. Her research focuses on the depictions of oni (demons) in kyogen theatre, and the transmission of, and new developments in, traditional Japanese arts. As a three time T.T.T. participant, she is excited to help make the traditional Japanese arts more accessible in her new role.