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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Professional Development Training (Lecture series): Theater coordinator development course, Dramaturgy course

  • Lecture / Symposium

As part of its professional human resource training, the aim of the “Theater coordinator development course” is to develop professionals who can contribute to arts-and-culture-driven creation of community and society, by making the theater accessible to society at large.
In the Dramaturgy course for participants in their teens and above, the instructor, who served as dramaturg for the new production of the musical opera “Yuzuru,” will share the process of creating a performance piece and join participants in thinking about a better system for delivering theatrical works to audiences.

What is a theater coordinator?
The name “theater coordinator” conjures an image of the people who stand between theaters and society, planning, fine-tuning and delivering projects/ events designed to connect the two. We’re looking for professionals who can utilize a combination of the following qualities:
– Planners to develop programs
– Educators with an educational perspective
– Operations managers
– Dramaturgs with a cross-sectional approach to looking at plans, ideas and stories, and applying ingenuity to them
– Concierges well-versed in customer service

Lecture schedule

In the first half of the basic course, we will introduce dramaturgy and the work of the dramaturg who is charge of this aspect of a production. In the second half, the Development section of the course, participants will actually put together a project plan about ways to connect the work and the audience.

1st Saturday, July 31, 2021 13:30 – 16:30 Basic course 1 (About dramaturgy) ★
2nd Saturday, August 21, 2021 13:30 – 16:30 Basic course 2 (The work of dramaturgy) ★
3rd Saturday, September 18, 2021 13:30 – 16:30 Basic course 3 (Connecting the work and the audience) ★
4th Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 – 13:00 Development 1 (Thinking up a project plan) ★
5th Saturday,October 23, 2021 13:30 – 16:30 Development 2 (Interim presentation) ★
6th Saturday, October 30, 2021 14:00 – 18:30 Special (Includes seeing a performance of the “Theatre Opera” series vol. 15 “Yuzuru”)
7th Saturday, November 20, 2021 13:30 – 16:30 Development 3 (Final presentation and feedback)★

Lectures marked ★ can also be taken online (please let us know at the time of application if you wish to do so).


Masahiko Yokobori

Course fee

General 10,000 yen (including tax)
Students (over high school age) 5,000 yen (including tax)
*Includes ticket for Theatre Opera vol. 15 “Yuzuru” (October 30)


About 10


  • People aged over 15 (as of April 1, 2021, and excluding junior high school students) with conversational Japanese
  • People interested in the theater, performing arts or community art, who are enthusiastic learners and motivated workers
  • People able in principle to attend all seven sessions or two-way simultaneous sessions online
  • People able to attend a performance of Theatre Opera vol. 15 “Yuzuru” on Saturday, October 30
  • People able to contact and attend sessions via e-mail, Facebook, Zoom, etc.

How to apply

Please fill out the application form here.

*Personal information in your application will only be used to send you information about this lecture series.
*The program is subject to change without prior notice.

Application deadline
Monday, July 5, 2021

Selection method
Selection based on application details. We will let you know whether you can participate or not within two weeks after the deadline.


Human Resource Development Section, Program Planning Division
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo / Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Assisted by
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council