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Kabuki Workshops @ University of Hawaii

The Asian theatre program of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa announces the launch of formal preparations for the 2020-2021 English-language kabuki production of Meoto Shiranami Gonin Otoko, with three one-of-a-kind kabuki workshops, to be offered in summer 2019 on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi.  This is a rare opportunity to work closely with kabuki professionals, as such workshops are seldom offered even in Japan. Take this opportunity to expand your theatrical horizons, gain specialized knowledge, avail yourselves of the excellent Asia Collection at the University of Hawaiʻi Hamilton Library, and enjoy all the beauty the surrounding mountains and ocean have to offer. 

REGISTRATION for VISITING STUDENTS begins March 19, 2019.  

In-state tuition applies to all summer session attendees, regardless of state of residency or nationality. Credits may be transfered to your own university, and the experience will last forever! Registration for the courses will be through University of Hawaii Summer Session.

Please see the information on the worshop courses below, or go to the UHM Department of Theatre and Dance website.

THEA 428: Japanese Acting Workshop—Kabuki.               3 cr.  5/28/19 ~6/14/19

  • Week one, taught by Julie A. Iezzi, UHM professor, covers historical information, play readings, kabuki conventions and terminology, dressing, and protocol. Weeks two and three, taught by veteran actor Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII, versatile performer and member of Ichikawa Ennosuke’s kabuki troupe, will consist of: a) 3-4 hrs. of daily training in kabuki voice and movement; b) a 3-hr. makeup workshop, and c) a final recital.

THEA 499:Directed Work (Section 1)—Kabuki Costume       1 cr.   8/6/19~8/16/19, 1-3:30pm

THEA 499:Directed Work (Section 2)—Kabuki Wigs 1 cr.   8/6/19~8/16/19, 4-6:30pm

  • Two intensives, taught by Oguri Sachie, owner and operator of the Aioi-za kabuki theatre, Museum Nakasendō in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture. Active in costume restorationresearch, Oguri has revived lost techniques, and is active throughoutJapan assisting with the cataloging and preservation of historical kabuki costume collections.

  • Wig course will focus on: developing a knowledge of wig styles, the characters associated with each, wig construction; maintenance and care; tools, materials and basic techniques of wig styling; as well as preparation and wearing of the habutai. An advanced course, focused on wig styling, is planned for Summer of 2020. 

  • Costume course will focus on developing a knowledge of textiles, classification of costume pieces and characters associated with each, the basics of kabuki costume care, and how to make basic alternations.

For further information or questions, contact: 

Dr. Julie A. Iezzi, Professor, Undergraduate Advisor and Interim Associate Chair, 2018-19

Translator, Director, Project Coordinator for the 2020-21 Kabuki and Related Events


Tel. 808-956-4377

Short-term housingmay also be available at the East West Center dormitories.

Please contact East West Center Housing office.

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