Call for Applicants: Traditional Theater Training, Kyoto

Come spend a few weeks in Kyoto this summer to train with masters of traditional theater and dance! This summer will be the 35th annual Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.) 2019, held at the Kyoto Art Center.

T.T.T. is a three-week summer intensive training program that introduces the traditional arts of nō, kyōgen, and Nihon buyō. There is also an optional kotsuzumi (noh shoulder drum) course open to those interested. The program is based on the practice-recital approach, and aims to allow participants to learn the skills and spirit of traditional performing arts. Each year, we welcome around 24 students, professional performing artists, and academics from at least ten countries, including Japan.

This year’s program will take place from July 17th to August 10th. We will begin accepting applications shortly, through April 30th, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the results no later than the end of May (those requiring letters of invitation/support to help secure funding should contact Matt Shores ( directly).

The instructors will be Katayama Shingo, Tamoi Hiromichi, and Oe Nobuyuki (nō); Shigeyama Akira, Maruishi Yasushi, and Shigeyama Sennojō III (kyōgen); and Wakayagi Yayoi and pupils (Nihon buyō). Fluency in Japanese is not required of participants, though lessons will typically be given in the language (with interpreters on hand). Our final recital will be held in Japan’s oldest commerical family noh theater, participants professionally dressed.

For application forms or more information, contact Kyoto Art Center (in Japanese or English) at, or contact Shores directly. You may also call +81 (0)75-213-1000 or visit the KAC website at

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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