BLOOMSBURG — Participants in this summer’s Noh Training Project at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble may earn three academic credits from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Now in its 18th year, the Noh Training Project (NTP) is an intensive, three-week summer program in the performance of classical Japanese Noh drama, one of the oldest continually performed theatre forms in the world. Running from July 16 to Aug. 4, the program will include daily instruction in the dance, chant and instruments of the ancient art form; twice weekly evening presentations; and discussions. The program culminates in a public performance recital on Aug. 3. This year, advanced students of the Noh Training Project will present the Noh play “Atsumori,” by torchlight, in Bloomsburg Town Park on the evenings of Aug. 3 and 4.
Lead instructors for NTP are Richard Emmert, NTP founder, director and head instructor, and Kinue Oshima and Akira Matsui, professional Noh actors. Emmert is a professor at Musashino University in Tokyo and a certified Kita School of Noh instructor who has studied, taught and performed Noh in Japan since 1973. Oshima is a professional Noh actor and teacher in the Kita School of Noh and the school’s first professional female performer. Akira Matsui, also a Kita performer, has been designated an Intangible Cultural Asset by the Japanese Ministry of Culture.
“The Noh Training Project provides an amazing opportunity for our students. It is the most intensive training in Noh available outside of Japan and it is available right here on campus. It is like a study abroad program without the expense of traveling to Japan,” said Ethan Krupp, assistant professor of music, theatre and dance. “The Noh Training Project has attracted students from across the U.S., as well as Singapore, Nepal, Germany, Chile, the United Kingdom and Japan. We’re pleased to be able to offer this remarkable training as part of Bloomsburg University’s theatre arts program.”
The program requires no previous experience in Noh and is of particular interest to students with backgrounds in music, dance or theatre, Krupp added.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.