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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre training program: Researchers wanted

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre training program is now accepting applications from prospective researchers hoping to start developing careers in the performing arts in various capacities, including positions at public cultural facilities, arts-related NPOs, and festivals, in order to cultivate professionals with a strong foundation of artistic expertise.

The program aims to train young people with aspirations to work at public cultural facilities, arts organizations, future Tokyo-based festivals, and other organizations in the skills that they will need to thrive as producers and coordinators or make career transitions into the performing arts field. Through lectures, seminars, and on-site training, participants will not only gain the knowledge and abilities that their target professions require but also enjoy opportunities to network with other theater personnel.

• Field experience: Help participants gain the real-life experience—not just theoretical textbook knowledge—that they need to bring visions to fruition
• Knowledge: Help participants develop a solid foundation for their careers through wide-ranging knowledge and creative-thinking skills
• Networking: Help participants make connections to benefit their future career paths

Available courses, course details and available slots

Music production course
Theater production course

Available slots
Small number for each course

Training type

Training period/daily schedule

Training period
Around Tuesday, April 11 2017 – Saturday, March 31 2018
The training program will run for roughly 10 months.
*Participants will undergo training from four to six days a week (including weekends and holidays) depending on the type of training involved.

Daily schedule
Generally sessions will run in shifts of 7 hours and 45 minutes between 8:45 and 22:00.


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Studio (SUITENGU PIT), and others


Participation is free. Participants are responsible for their own meal costs and transportation to Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.
*In cases where training takes place at locations other than Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, the program will cover the costs of transportation from Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre to the corresponding locations.


Participants will write monthly reports and a final report on the various tasks they engage in during the training period, on topics specified by Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, and submit their reports by the prescribed deadlines. Participants who submit reports satisfying the prescribed criteria and perform their training-related tasks at a satisfactory level will, as a general rule, receive 180,000 yen (including tax, fluctuations may occur) per report.

*The above amounts include research costs, telecommunications costs, and administrative expenses arising from the report-preparation process.
*The amounts are subject to change according to report content, participant attitude, and the results of other assessments.
*The above arrangements do not constitute an employment agreement and thus fall outside the scope of workers’ compensation insurance, employment insurance, and social insurance.
*To determine the arrangements for researchers who work at public theaters, etc., Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre will consult with the corresponding organizations and finalize the conditions, etc.
*Program organizers will transfer payments (withholding income tax) to the corresponding recipients’ designated accounts.

Application requirements

  • Aim to work in production as a producer/coordinator for theater and arts organizations, or arts-related NPOs, festivals etc., and have the ability to pursue training tasks with serious, dedicated motivation throughout the training period.
  • Meet any of the following conditions:
    1. The applicant has worked on production in the theater/music fields (for a theater troupe, production company, on a freelance basis, or for university or graduate school, etc.) for approximately 3 years or more.
    2. The applicant has worked at a cultural facility
    3. The applicant has worked at a company, etc., for approximately 3 years or more.
  • In principle be between the ages of 22 and 35.
  • Have basic computer skills (Excel/Word/email software, etc.).

Application period

Friday, January 20 2017 — Wednesday, January 25

How to apply

Place your application materials in an envelope marked “Arts Academy Researcher Application” in red and send it to the appropriate address via simplified registered mail.
*Note that you may not submit your application via email, via fax, or in person.

Application documents

  1. Researcher Application (in the prescribed format) (PDF)
  2. Resume (in the prescribed format) (PDF)
  3. Personal statement (in the prescribed format)(PDF)
  4. Essay (up to 1,600 characters in length, in the prescribed format)(Word)
    Topic: “Theater Law and the role of public theaters”
  5. Supervisor recommendation(if necessary)(PDF)
    Participants who work at public theaters, etc., must submit a recommendation as specified.
  6. Reply envelope
    Write your name and address (including your postal code) on a standard-size (Choukei 3) envelope and affix an 82-yen stamp.
  7. *Personal information included in applications for participation will be used within the scope necessary for applicant selection. Please note that application materials will not be returned.

Announcement of results

Screening (first-round) results will be sent to the applicants within 10 days after the application deadline.
Interview (second-round) results will be sent to the applicants within 2 weeks after the interviews are complete.
Please note that program organizers are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone, etc., concerning the results of either round of the selection process.


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre will take out accident insurance at its own expense against injuries sustained by researchers during the training period.

This program was approved by the Board of Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture in the FY2017 budget and its implementation confirmed after approval by the council.


Educational Programs Section,
Project Planning Division,
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
TEL: 03-5391-2116



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)