Master of Fine Arts student receives national award

Theatre for Young Audiences specialist Yasu Ishida wins AATE's Doyle Fellowship

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Mark Branner, (808) 956-2931
Assistant Professor, Theatre, Theatre and Dance
Paul Mitri, (808) 956-8445
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance
Posted: Jul 24, 2014

Yasu Ishida
Yasu Ishida

Yasu Ishida, who is completing a Master of Fine Arts degree from UH Mānoa's Department of Theatre and Dance (with a specialty in Theatre for Young Audiences), has been selected as the winner of the American Alliance for Theatre Education's Doyle Fellowship.

This is one of the most prestigious awards given to graduate students in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences.  Ishida submitted an extensive portfolio of videos, photos, reviews, and more in a very vigorous selection process. He was chosen by an impartial panel of Theatre for Young Audiences professionals from around the country as the top candidate.

Ishida will receive the award at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education Awards Event in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Ishida was born in Ube, Japan. Inspired by the movie Patch Adams, he came to the U.S. to become a professional hospital clown. After graduating from the Chavez Studio of Magic – one of the most prestigious magic schools in the world – and working with a famed company of magicians in Hollywood, he moved to Hawaiʻi to gain training in traditional Asian theatre forms. His focus in graduate school has been adapting these forms for young American audiences. Ishida seeks to imbue the essence of traditional Japanese culture into his magic and storytelling.  

He has enthralled audiences all over the United States, including performances at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. – the world’s largest festival of Japanese culture outside of Japan.  Ishida is the founding artistic director of Bento Rakugo a storytelling troupe, which was featured throughout the Hawaiian islands during National Library Week 2013.