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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Training Course for Theater Professionals: Researchers wanted

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Training program to cultivate performing arts professionals

Part of Arts Council Tokyo’s talent development platform Arts Academy, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre’s training program is now accepting applications from prospective researchers hoping to start developing careers in the performing arts, 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.

Saturday, December 26, 2020 14:00 – 15:00
Saturday, January 9, 2021 14:00 – 15:00

*If you are unable to attend the scheduled orientation session, contact the program organizers by e-mail about setting up a session on an alternative day.

Online (Zoom)

Please use the form here to apply.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre’s training program aims to train young people with aspirations to work at public institutions such as cultural facilities, arts organizations, festivals etc. 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
  • Classroom learning: 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 courses
■Long-term course (Around 10 months)
■Short-term course (Around 3 months)

■Theater production/music production
Experiential learning: performance production, theater management, festival organization, public relations and other topics
Classroom learning: Lectures/seminars (arts management, theater management, creating works and other topics)
Report writing (monthly reports and final report)
■Education course
Experiential learning: workshops, community partnership projects, disability in the arts, socially inclusive welfare services to enhance the performance experience, and other topics
Classroom learning: Lectures/seminars (arts management, theater management, creating works and other topics)
Report writing (monthly reports and final report)

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 program schedule. Participants will engage in multiple field training programs throughout the training period.
  2. Evaluation 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 (however there may be changes to course details)

*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

Training period
■Long-term course
Late April,2021 – March 31, 2022 (Thursday)
The training program will run for roughly 10 months.
■Short-term course
(First semester) Roughly a three-month period between late April,2021 – September 30 (Thursday)
(Second semester) Roughly a three-month period between October,2021 – February 28, 2022 (Monday)

Daily schedule
Generally, sessions will run in shifts of 7 hours and 45 minutes between 8:45 and 22:00.
*Participants of both the long-term and short-term courses will undergo training from four to six days a week (including weekends and holidays) depending on the type of training involved.
*The start and end date of the short-term course will be decided by consultation, taking into consideration the program schedule and the wishes of the individual.
*Since both long-term and short-term courses constitute full-time training, in principle participants may not engage in dual employment and side businesses.


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 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 180,000 yen per report.

*The above amount includes research costs, telecommunications costs, and administrative expenses arising from the report-preparation process.
*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 (regarded as income and subject to withholding tax) to the corresponding recipients’ designated accounts.

Application requirements

  1. Aims to work in production as a producer/coordinator for theater and arts related NPOs, festivals etc., and has the capability to pursue training tasks with serious, dedicated motivation throughout the training period.
  2. In principle be between the ages of 22 and 35.
  3. Meets 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.
  4. Has basic computer skills (Excel/Word/email, 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: Saturday, February 6, 2021
    Program organizers will interview applicants who have passed the first round, focusing mainly on each applicant’s insights and personal makeup.

Application period

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 — no later than Wednesday, January 20, 2021


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 84-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.

Organizations where graduates from the first seven semesters are employed:

Okinawa Prefectural Foundation for Cultural Promotion (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Kitakami City Culture Creation, Kitakami City Cultural Exchange Center Sakura Hall (General Incorporated Association)
Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
The New Japan Philharmonic (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Owl Spot(Toshima Ward Performing Arts Exchange Center) (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Toyooka Theater Festival Executive Committee Office Nagano City Arts & Culture Promotion Foundation, Nagano City Arts Center (General Incorporated Association)
Niigata City Art & Culture Promotion Foundation, RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Nerima Cultural Promotion Association, Nerima Culture Center (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Hyogo Arts & Culture Organization, Hyogo Performing Arts Center (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Fukutake Foundation (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)

(as of December,2020)


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
Arts Council Tokyo & Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)