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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre training program: Researchers wanted

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Training program to cultivate performing arts professionals

As part of the Arts Academy education program run by Arts Council Tokyo, 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.

Arts Academy Training Orientation for Researchers

If you want to learn more about the Arts Academy, this training orientation session will provide you with the necessary details.
February 11 (Monday/Public Holiday) 15:00 –16:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Reservations (required) and contact
*If you are unable to attend the scheduled orientation session, contact the program organizers by email about setting up an individual session.


The Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre’s education program Arts Academy aims to train young people with aspirations to work in public sector cultural facilities and arts organizations, future Tokyo-based festivals and other projects, 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

Training course
■Long-term course (roughly 10 months)
■Short-term course (roughly 3 months)

■Theater production / music production
Experiential learning: Performance production, theater management, festival organization, public relations and other topics
■Education course
Experiential learning: workshops, community partnerships, arts for/by people with disabilities, socially-inclusive welfare services to enhance the performance experience, and other topics
Available slots
Small number for each course

  1. Program organizers will create a detailed plan for each participant’s field training curriculum based on his/her experience and aptitude levels, and the theater program schedule. Participants will engage in multiple field training programs throughout the training period.
  2. Evaluations for the long-term course will be performed at the end of the year. Where deemed necessary, participants can extend the course by a maximum of one year. From the following year there may be changes to course details due to budget issues, etc.

*If a participant demonstrates unsatisfactory performance in his/her training tasks, program organizers may revoke his/her participation privileges (even during the training period).

Training period/daily schedule

■Long-term course
Late April 2019 — Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The training program will run for roughly 10 months.
■Short-term course
(First semester) Roughly a three month period between late April 2019 — Monday, September 30
(Second semester) Roughly a three month period between late October, 2019 — Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Daily schedule
Generally sessions will run in shifts of 7 hours and 45 minutes between 8:45 and 22:00.
For both the long-term and short-term courses, training days vary from 4 to 6 days a week depending on training content (including weekends and holidays).
Training start and end dates for the short-term course will be determined after consultation, taking into account program schedules and the individual’s wishes.


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Studio (SUITENGU PIT), 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 Theatre, 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 participate in the course to a satisfactory level will, as a general rule, receive 170,000 yen (base price, 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

  1. Aim to work in production as a producer/coordinator for theater and arts-related NPOs, festivals etc., and have the ability to pursue training tasks with serious, dedicated motivation throughout the training period.
  2. 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.
  3. In principle be between the ages of 22 and 35.
  4. Have basic computer skills (Excel/Word/email software, etc.).

Selection process

  1. First round: document screening
    Program organizers will screen the application documents and essay on a given topic to select applicants for the second round.
  2. Second round: interview
    Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
    Program organizers will interview applicants who have passed the first round, focusing mainly on each applicant’s insights and personal makeup.

Application period

Friday, January 25, 2019 — no later than Wednesday, February 20


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.

Forms for (1)-(5) can be downloaded from the links above.

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

  1. Screening (first-round) results will be sent to the applicants within around 2 weeks after the application deadline.
  2. 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.

Public cultural facilities and art organizations where graduates from the first six semesters are employed

Owlspot Theater
New Japan Philharmonic
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation
Nagano City Museum of Art
Hyogo Performing Arts Center
RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center
ROHM Theatre Kyoto
(as of December 2018)


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)