BLOOMSBURG — Participants in this summer’s Noh Training Project at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble may, for the first time, earn three academic credits from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Now in its 17th 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 18 to Aug. 6, the program will include daily instruction in the dance, chant and instruments of the ancient art form; twice weekly evening presentations and discussions; and a public recital Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg.
Lead instructors for NTP are Richard Emmert and Kinue Oshima. Emmert, NTP founder, director and head instructor, 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.
“This is the most intensive training in Noh available outside of 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.”
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.