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. He has been a regular participant in the Noh Training Project in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, since 2003 and is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku with which he has performed in tours of Crazy Jane, Pine Barrens, Pagoda, Sumida River, Zahdi Dates and Poppies and in the Tokyo performance of Blue Moon Over Memphis