DAVID CRANDALL graduated with a double major in Japanese and music composition from the University of Michigan and went on to do postgraduate work at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music on a Monbusho grant from the Japanese government.
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COLLEEN LANKI is a theatre artist based in Vancouver, Canada, where she performs, directs, choreographs and teaches.
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ELIZABETH DOWD began her study of Noh in 1992, studying with Richard Emmert and Omura Sadamu through a Creative Artist Fellowship awarded by the NEA and funded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.
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NAOKO MAESHIBA (Concept/Direction/Performance/Environment design) is a dancer, choreographer, and director. Growing up in rural Japan, she was always drawn to the atmosphere of the people and places.
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MATTHEW DUBROFF has been studying noh theatre since he first went to Japan in 1988. He returned in 1990 and began working with Richard Emmert and the first Noh Training Project. He also began studying at the Kita Noh Theatre with Omura Sadamu. His formal noh studies continued in 1996 when he received a Monbusho grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education.
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GARY MATHEWS was born in Owensboro, Kentucky and educated in Classical Languages and Comparative Literature at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught on the faculties of Berkeley, San Francisco State University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and North Carolina State University.
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RICHARD EMMERT has studied, taught and performed classical noh drama in Japan since 1973. He is a certified Kita school noh instructor, and has studied all aspects of noh performance with a special concentration in movement and music.
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JUBILITH MOORE is a performer, director, writer, teaching artist and producer for the theatre and has devoted her professional life to exploring the ongoing life of traditional Japanese and contemporary American theatre.
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JAMES FERNER has studied noh in Tokyo with Kita actor Omura Sadamu since 1996. At first a kotsuzumi and otsuzumi student of Mitsuo Kama, he presently studies kotsuzumi under Sumikoma Mitsuhiko, otsuzumi under Kamei Yosuke and taiko under Sakurai Hitoshi.
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JOHN OGLEVEE is a theatre artist and founding member of Theatre Nohgaku. Since 1996 he has been studying and performing with Richard Emmert, Sadamu Omura, Akira Matsui and Kinue Oshima of the Kita School and Mitsuo Kama of the Ko School.
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GREG GIOVANNI is a theatre artist who has worked in Philadelphia for nearly 25 years. Beginning with his groundbreaking Big Mess Theatre in 1988, he has written and produced dozens of plays.
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LLUIS VALLS originally from Barcelona, Spain, received his BA in Dramatic Arts from San Francisco State University where he was introduced to noh and kyogen by Dr. Yukihiro Goto.
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TOM O'CONNOR became a member of Theatre Nohgaku in 2006. He has performed in several TN projects, including tours to Asia, Europe, and regionally within the U.S.
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DAVE SURTASKY is a photographer and theatre artist working in the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area. A native of York County, Pennsylvania, he is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has studied noh with Richard Emmert since 2006. He served as the Producing Director for the Noh Training Project 2007.
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MORIT GAIFMAN began studying noh at the Noh Training Project in Bloomsburg in 2003, not long after graduating from Columbia University with a degree in musicology. Morit has studied a variety of music and theater performing styles.
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SIIRI SCOTT is the Head of Acting and Directing in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, where she coordinates classes, directs and prepares actors for graduate training and professional careers.
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MARIKO ANNO holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Literature, with a minor in Ethnomusicology, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research explores the musical aspects of traditional and contemporary noh.
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JOYCE S. LIM from Malaysia, was introduced to noh in 2004 while on an Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship to Japan. She studied kotsuzumi and otsuzumi with the late Kama Mitsuo; taiko with Sakurai Hitoshi; and shimai and utai with Richard Emmert and Oshima Kinue.
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YOKO LAYER After graduating from high school in Japan, Yoko Layer modeled and acted for several magazines, television and theater companies. She later graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University and then began to study the Stanislavsky system from Russian director Leonid Anisimov.
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KEVIN SALFEN is Associate Professor of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He took his first two degrees in composition and his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Texas.
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GULSHIRIN DUBASH is originally from Bombay, India. Having gotten her MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre she works with the pedagogy of theatre practitioner Jacques Lecoq (physical theatre, commedia dell’arte, melodrama, clown, street theatre, devised work) and has performed at several festivals and institutions in India and the US.
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LAURA SAMPSON is an arts promoter and performer from London, UK. She graduated from University College London with a first-class degree in English & Medieval Literature, then worked as an apprentice literary agent while studying singing and storytelling.
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