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From Noh to Anime Musicals: A Crash Course in Japanese Theatre

Learn all there is to know about the unique theatre forms found in Japan in this 8-week course.
Jennifer M. Yoo
93 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
75 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

By the end of this class students will:

- Be able to recognize the various theatre traditions of Japan and their respective key characteristics or elements of performance.
- Develop an understanding of Japanese theatre as a whole and how much it has influenced both Japanese culture but also Western theatre.
- Have practiced thinking creatively and actively discussing various topics regarding Japanese theatre.
Japanese Theatre is not only my field of study, it is also my passion. 

From 2017-2019, I spent two years living in Kyoto conducting my research for my doctoral dissertation, during which I regularly went to see Noh, Kabuki, and Takarazuka performances, at least one show per month. 

I have also more practical performance experience in Japanese theatre which I hope to bring to this class as much as possible. I have received training in Kyogen for about 2 years from professional Kyogen actors, and studied Nihon Buyo, Japanese traditional dance which has close ties to movement in Kabuki, for about 3 years. I also spent a few months learning mask carving from a master carver who lives in Tokyo, and conducted interviews with a professional Bunraku puppet maker in Osaka.
Students will be assigned small weekly writing assignments and a creative project over the course of the class. 

After the first meeting for this class, students will be asked to write and submit a response to discussion questions before the next meeting (7 total). Completing this assignment will help students better prepare for discussion in the following week. This response does not have to be a paper, but should be at least 100 words.

For their creative project, students will be asked to complete one of the following by the final meeting for this class:

1. Choose a play that has been discussed in class and research it more so that you can design a flyer for it as if you were in charge of promoting the show. The flyer should be designed to be double-sided with one side for visuals and the other for written information (plot summary, reviews, production information, cast, etc.)

2. Choose your favorite anime, movie, book, etc. and describe how you would adapt it for the stage (costume, set, effects, script/plot), choosing a specific style of Japanese Theatre, as if you were designing the show by writing a minimum 300 word paper, OR by designing at least 2 pages of visual concepts for the set, costume, effects

Students may share their creative projects with their classmates if they wish but this is not required. This project will be due the week of our final meeting and can be posted/shared on the classroom page or directly submitted to me.
Video clips will be shared as part of PowerPoint presentations via screen-share on Zoom and won’t require any external resource to view. Students are encouraged to take notes and have a notebook, pen/pencil, or electronic device to do so. For their creative projects to be submitted by the final week, more research may be required, most of which can be done online - I will provide an additional resource list and can be consulted for advice/recommendations. As students may have a more artistic component to their creative projects depending on what they choose, they may also need to purchase the appropriate materials to do so. These materials will vary depending on what each student chooses to make.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There will be a trivia game covering all the content in this 8-week class to test how much students can recall about each theatre form in the final meeting for the class.

Grades are not given for this class but a written report/assessment on the student’s performance can be provided upon request.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Some class content will discuss alcohol, religion, violence, sex and sexuality.


Jennifer M. Yoo
Lives in the United States
PhD, University Lecturer and Experienced Teacher in Japanese Studies
93 total reviews
87 completed classes

About Me

Currently, I am only teaching for Outschool part-time as I am also working as a lecturer in Japanese culture, film, and literature at Tufts University, as well as a lecturer in theatre arts at MIT. Due to my university teaching... 
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