Theatre Nohgaku
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Our Members

Our Company Members

 
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Mariko Anno holds doctoral degrees in flute performance (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and musicology (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku). A certified Alexander Technique teacher, she has studied various aspects of noh in Japan since 2005, specializing in nohkan.

David Crandall is a composer, playwright, and performer who studied noh chant and dance with noh master Hajime Sano and has worked professionally at the Hosho Noh Theatre in Tokyo. He is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku.

Elizabeth Dowd is an actor, director, and teacher and has been a member of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in Pennsylvania for over 40 years. A co-founder of the Noh Training Project and of Theatre Nohgaku, she has studied Kita-style noh since 1992.

Gulshirin Dubash was born in Bombay, India. She began studying noh in 2003 and became a member of Theatre Nohgaku in 2008. She is a currently a member of the theater faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she has directed multiple works.

Matthew Dubroff is Associate Professor of Theatre at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Since 1990 has studied Kita-style noh as well as ôtsuzumi, kotsuzumi, and taiko. He is an actor, director, producer, and a teacher of Tai Ji and Alexander Technique.

Richard Emmert, founder of Theater Nohgaku, has studied, taught, and performed noh in Japan since 1973 and is a certified Kita-school noh instructor. A composer and director, he is a professor at Musashino University in Tokyo and teaches noh throughout the world.

Gary Mathews has taught at Berkeley, San Francisco State, North Carolina School of the Arts, and North Carolina State. Also a student of classical ballet, he began his study of Kita-style noh with Richard Emmert in 2000 and is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku.

Jubilith Moore is a performer, director, writer, teaching artist, and producer, who has studied noh and kyogen extensively with master teachers. She was Artistic Director of Theatre of Yugen from 2001-14 and is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku.

Tom O’Connor is a theatre artist and educator who is Associate Professor of Acting and Physical Theatre Performance at UCLA. He has studied noh since 2002 and joined Theatre Nohgaku in 2006. With TN he has toured Asia, Europe, and the US.

John Oglevee is a theatre artist and founding member of Theatre Nohgaku who has studied noh since 1996. He has an MFA in Asian Theatre Performance from the University of Hawai’i, and he has performed extensively in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Kevin Salfen is a musicologist, composer, and producer who is Associate Professor of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word. He has studied noh since 2008 and became a member of Theatre Nohgaku in 2011.

Laura Sampson is a storyteller and arts promoter from London with a degree in medieval literature (Univ. College, London). She has studied noh since 2011 and became a member of Theatre Nohgaku in 2014. She is co-producer of the Noh Training Project UK.

Siiri Scott is Head of Acting and Directing in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of Theatre Nohgaku and The Irish Theatre of Chicago and directed the Jeff-nominated production of My Brilliant Divorce.

David Surtasky is a photographer and theatre artist based in the greater Pittsburgh area. He has studied noh since 2006. His plays have appeared at Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival and Live Arts Festival, and his photographic work has been widely published.

Ashley Thorpe is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is co-founder and program director of Noh Training Project UK and has written an English-language noh, Emily, first performed in 2018.

Lluis Valls is a US-based artist from Barcelona, Spain. He joined Theatre of Yugen in 1993 and is a founding member of Clowns on a Stick as well as being a member of TN. He has performed extensively in the US and abroad and has directed and produced several works.

 
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OUR ASSOCIATE AND AFFILIATE MEMBERS

 

James Ferner lives in Tokyo, where he studies Kita-style noh chant and dance with Sadamu Omura. A longtime student of the late Mitsuo Kama, he has taught noh drumming at the Noh Training Project and is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku.

Morit Gaifman holds a degree in musicology from Columbia University and completed coursework in ethnomusicology at UCLA. She has studied Arabic nay and Chinese kunqu. Since 2003 she has studied noh and became a member of Theatre Nohgaku in 2007.

Greg Giovanni is a playwright, producer, director, and performer based in Philadelphia. A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship, he has studied Kita-style noh with Richard Emmert and master performer Akira Matsui.

Colleen Lanki is a theatre artist based in Vancouver who spent six years in Tokyo studying Kita-school noh with Richard Emmert and Sadamu Omura. She teaches Japanese classical dance, is the founder of Kee Company, and is Artistic Director of TomoeArts.

Joyce S. Lim is a US-based artist born in Malaysia. She has studied noh chant and dance with Richard Emmert and Kinue Oshima and was a drum student of the late Mitsuo Kama. She has played kotsuzumi for several noh and was shite for a performance of Hagoromo.

AFFILIATE

Naoko Maeshiba is a somatic practitioner and dancer who has studied noh with Richard Emmert and Akira Matsui. She ran the experimental performance program at Towson University from 2013-18 and is a Feldenkrais practitioner (FGCF) and nutrition consultant.

 
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Our creative Partners

Kita Noh (喜多能楽堂)

Oshima Noh Theater(大島能楽堂), Fukuyama Japan