Asian Theatre Program

The Asian Theatre Program recently completed a three-week intensive training in Kabuki performance. The intensive was an early training opportunity for students  interested in auditioning for the 2020/2021 season’s UHM Kennedy Theatre kabuki production of Benten the Maiden and the Bandits of the White Waves (Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami) produced by the UHM Department of Theatre and Dance.


Prof. Julie A. Iezzi covered historical information, play readings, kabuki conventions and terminology, dressing, and protocol in the first week of the program. Veteran actor Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII, versatile performer and member of Ichikawa Ennosuke’s kabuki troupe, taught weeks two and three, including fours hours of daily training in kabuki voice and movement, a three hour kabuki makeup workshop, and a recital.