Theatre Nohgaku was born of our shared passion for the classical noh drama of Japan and our belief in its contemporary vitality for Western audiences. It was founded by Richard Emmert, director of the Noh Training Project based in Tokyo and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and a group of English speaking performers trained in the demanding techniques of noh. In addition to these core members a number of master Japanese noh actors and musicians have been invited to work with us on specific projects. This allows the company to present fully realized noh performances—something rarely seen outside Japan.
A brief look at our history:
2011 Summer. "Takasago & Pagoda" Asia Tour (with Oshima Noh Theatre). Performances in Tokyo, Kyoto, Beijing and Hong Kong.
2010 August. "Crazy Jane" performance, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Featuring an all women's chorus.
2009 Fall. "Kiyotsune & Pagoda" EU Tour (with Oshima Noh Theatre). Performances in London, Dublin, Oxford and Paris.
2009 Summer. Full torch-lit performance of "Funabenkei" in cooperation with the Noh Training Project, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvnia
2008 August. Initial reading of Pagoda by Jannette Cheong.
2008 March. 6th Annual TN Writers Workshop at the Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.
2007 March. World Premiere of Crazy Jane by David Crandall preceded by semester long residency at the University of Puget Sound. Tour dates included Evergreen College and the University of Washington.
2007 February. 5th Annual TN Writers Workshop in Tokyo, Japan
2006 September. World Premiere of Pine Barrens by Greg Giovanni preceded by 2 week residency at North Carolina School for the Arts. Tour dates included Hampden-Sydney College and Duke University.
2006 March. Student Recital at University of Puget Sound following two months of classes led by David Crandall.
2006 February. Fourth Annual Writers' Workshop at CalArts in Valencia California.
2005 September. Workshop and lecture demonstration series at North Carolina School for the Arts. Involved dance, chant, music and mask making. Guest artist teachers Mitsuo Kama taught hayashi and Hideta Kitazawa taught the mask workshop.
2005 August. Workshop performance of David Crandall’s Crazy Jane at Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble in Bloomsburg PA.
2005 March. Workshop performance of David Crandall’s Crazy Jane at the Tsubaki Shrine in Granite Falls WA.
2005 February. Theatre Nohgaku’ Third Annual Writers’ Workshop with nine participants attending writing seminars and noh performances in Tokyo.
2004 August. Collaboration with Noh Training Project in NTP’s 10th Anniversary performance of the classical Japanese noh Kurozuka, Bloomsburg.
2004 April. Theatre Nohgaku’ Second Annual Writers’ Workshop at New Dramatists in New York City and Princeton Unviersity in New Jersey with 12 participants attending writing seminars.
2003 August. Work-in-progress performance of David Crandall’s Crazy Jane, Bloomsburg,.
2003 March. Theatre Nohgaku’First Annual Writers’ Workshop with nine participants attending writing seminars and noh performances in Tokyo.
2002 September. First six-city US Tour of ATHW in collaboration with San Francisco’s Theatre of Yugen.
2002 September. 10-day Hampden-Sydney College (Va.) residency and company premiere of ATHW.
2001 August. Work-in-progress performance of W. B. Yeats’ At the Hawk’s Well, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
2000 August. First rehearsals at Bloomsburg following Noh Training Project.