NNT DRAMA STUDIO

Message From the Director

MIYATA Keiko

A conscious decision of becoming an actor

What is fascinating about working in theatre or being an actor is that you can connect to every aspect of life - the society, history, daily life, different thoughts, various era, time and people; connecting with your entire body, heart, and intellect. An actor, by exploring plays whenever or wherever its written, would reflect on human with all its diversity, create a person and express a personality. The process could sometimes be surprisingly bold or uniquely subtle and intelligent. Its elaborate beauty is itself an art of pursuing human potential.

 

NNT Drama Studio provides an accumulative training in every aspect to acquire clear verbal expression in Japanese language, deep comprehension and cognitive skills, supple and strong body, and rich and distinctive human qualities. The students are also required to consciously hold a sense of purpose to become an actor or a theatre practitioner, and to live an explicit way of life as a creative person who is engaged in devising original works. During their time at the Studio, there will be an opportunity to learn the basic skills necessary for an actor, as well as how to lead a life of an actor. In other words, it is all about getting accustomed to a lifestyle in which you will need to manage and condition yourself 24 hours, 365 days to make progress toward an invisible goal. All the physical training, vocal exercises, lessons of Western and Japanese dance, action technique, and various acting skills cannot achieve its purposes without an accurate self-recognition, boundless aspiration, and irrepressible curiosity.

 

We are aiming to train actors who can believe the possibility of theatre and has the desire to offer and share with a large number of audience the place where we can encounter a new world, respect diversity, and value human pride and freedom. We strongly hope that the students will constantly be aware of their purpose and enjoy the valuable experiences provided, which shall form a rich foundation and become a reliable resource for leading their lives as an actor, theatre practitioner, and a human being.

MIYATA started her career as the resident theatre director at the Literary Department of Seinenza Theatre Company in 1980. She made her debut with "A Sigh" written and directed by herself at the Studio Theatre of the Company in 1983. Since then, she has directed a wide range of plays from Western classics to modern plays, straight plays to musicals, commercial theatre to small theatre productions. She is enthusiastic in drama education and training as well as promoting the development of drama across Japan. She is the Executive Director of Association of Japanese Theatre Companies, and Vice President of Japan Directors Association. She was appointed as the Artistic Director of Drama at the New National Theatre, Tokyo in 2014.

 

Awards

1994 29th Kinokuniya Drama Awards Best Director for "Mother" (Seinenza)

1997 5th Yomiuri Drama Awards Best Director for "Fuyuhiko" (Seinenza)

1998 Minister of Culture Awards Best Newcomer for "Dear Liar" (New National Theatre, Tokyo)

2001 43rd Mainichi Arts Awards

2001 Yomiuri Drama Awards Best Director

for "Red Shirt" "Mortifying Woman" (Seinenza) "Sarah" (Shochiku)

 

Other works

Seinenza "Bunna, Come Down From the Tree" "The Wife, the President and Kyu-chan" "Zenzai Woman"

Shochiku "Love is a Variation of Mystery" "Things We Do For Love" "Gabrielle Chanel"

Horipro "Noises Off" "Elephant Man" "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

Parco "Second Love" "LOVE30"

 

Directorial works at the New National Theatre, Tokyo

Before inaugurating as Artistic Director

"Dear Liar" "Thus New Year Comes" "Beauty and the Beast" "The Roof Garden"

As the Artistic Director

2010/2011 Season "Hedda Gabler" "Our Town" "Poison Tester"

2011/2012 Season "The Decline and Fall of Suzaku" "Sixteen Wounded"

2012/2013 Season "The Crucible" " A Long Line of Grave Stones" "An und Aus"

2013/2014 Season "Pygmalion" "Time Stands Still"

2014/2015 Season "The Threepenny Opera" "The Lady from the Sea"

2015/2016 Season "Passion" "Tsukikoukou, KazeSousou "