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. She has since performed with the Tokyo Novyi Repertory Company in Chekhov’s "The Cherry Orchard", "The Seagull" and Gorky’s "The Lower Depths". In 2004, she began to study noh as an uchideshi professional track disciple of Kanze school branch head Umewaka Rokuro. Later she began to spend time in Seattle with her husband Paul where they co-founded the Seattle Novyi Theatre Company and performed "The Seagull" and "Uncle Vanya" in repertory, and later "The Proposal" in the International Chekhov Festival in Tokyo. In 2007 she performed with Theatre Nohgaku in the chorus of "Crazy Jane" for TN’s Pacific Northwest tour. In 2010 she became a shihan (instructor) in the Kanze school of noh.