KAWAMURA HaruhisaA member of a highly distinguished family of Noh theatre performers, Kawamura Sensei was designated a Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (Collective Recognition) by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. In addition to his credentials as a professional Noh performer, Kawamura Sensei holds a Masters Degree in cultural history from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. He is active in promoting Noh internationally, performing and lecturing in various locations around the world, including the United States, China, Europe and Canada. In 2000, he participated in a joint research project, ‚ÄúNoh as Living Theatre,‚ÄĚ with Professor Jay Rubin of Harvard University at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. Last year he became a special advisor for cultural exchange by the appointment of the Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and lectured at University of Toronto, Harvard University, Brown University, Dartmouth College and Amherst College.
KATAYAMA ShingoBorn in 1968, Shingo studied with his father Keijiro, and Living National Treasure Kuroemon and had his stage debut at age three. He has premiered the challenging “Dojoji” and “Mochizuki” among others. He is also active overseas and in other performance genres. He co-starred in a contemporary theatre production, “Katastrophe” and “The Wind of Genpei,” as well as the film “The Soong Sisters.” His grandmother is the headmaster of the Kyomai Dance School, Inoue Aiko. He has led the Traditional Theatre Training Noh Course at the Kyoto Art Centre since 2003, and directs the Kyoto University Noh Club. In January-February, 2007 Katayama Sensei instructed the Georgetown College Noh Workshop.
TAMOI Hiromichi Born in 1970, Tamoi is the first son of Tamoi Yoshikazu. He studied from childhood with the 13th generation Hayashi Kichiuemon. He has premiered such challenging pieces as ‚ÄúShakkyo‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMidare,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDojoji‚ÄĚ debuting at age 3 and becoming a full-fledged performer in 1998. Since then he has performed in China, USA, Holland, Belgium, and France in addition to his full performance schedule in Japan. TAMOI is a lecturer at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, and teaches Noh workshops at the Kyoto Art Institute‚Äôs Traditional Theatre Training program. He also instructed the SUNY-Albany Noh Workshop in March, 2005, and assisted KAWAMURA Harushisa during a study and performance tour of the Eastern US in May of the same year, and the Georgetown College Noh Workshop in January-February, 2007.
OE Nobuyuki Born in 1976, he is the second son of 7th generation OE Nobushige and apprenticed under KATAYAMA Kuroemon. He debuted at age 3, and performed ‚ÄúDojoji‚ÄĚ in May, 2004. OE has introduced Noh to a wide audience teaching students from elementary to university level, at the Kyoto Art Institute‚Äôs Traditional Theatre Training program, and as director of the Noh club at Nara Women‚Äôs University. OE also instructed the SUNY-Albany Noh Workshop in March, 2005, and the Georgetown College Noh Workshop in January-February, 2007.