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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

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.

Sunday, January 8, 2023 16:00 – 17:00
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 19:00 – 20:00
Online (Zoom)

Course details
Training overview
Participants past and present share their experiences of the training course

  • Sunday, January 8 Graduates of the 2021 short-term course (music production field)
  • Wednesday, January 18 Students of the 2022 long-term course (education field)


Reservations (required) and contact


The Arts Academy: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Professional Development Training Program aims to train young people with aspirations to work at public cultural facilities, arts organizations, etc. in the skills that they will need to make career transitions into the performing arts field or thrive as producers.
The program is aimed at helping participants acquire the necessary knowledge and skills through lectures and seminars in addition to on-site training, form networks with others involved in the performing arts, and to nurture talent who will play a central role in theater management in the future.


  • Field experience: Aiming to be work-ready by accumulating experience on the creative frontlines
  • Knowledge: To acquire a wealth of knowledge that will serve as a career foundation, and develop problem-solving skills from a creative perspective
  • Networking: To build networks that will contribute to a future career

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, Concert hall management, Festival production, Public relations and other topics
Knowledge: Lectures, Seminars (arts management, cultural policy, reading, research, etc.), Report writing (weekly and monthly reports, a full-length written report)
■Education course
Experiential learning: Workshops, Theatrical tour production, Community partnerships, Arts for/by people with disabilities, Accessibility in the performing arts and other topics
Knowledge: Lectures, Seminars (arts management, cultural policy, reading, research, etc.), Report writing (weekly and monthly reports, a full-length written report)

Available slots
Small number for each course

Program details will be decided after the training period starts based on the experience and aptitude levels of participants, and the theater program schedule. Participants will engage in multiple field training programs throughout the training period.
*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 2023 – Sunday, March 31, 2024
The training program will run for roughly 10 months.
■Short-term course
Roughly a three month period between late April 2023 – Thursday, February 29

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

*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.
*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), 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 (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 above arrangements do not constitute an employment agreement and thus fall outside the scope of workers’ compensation insurance, employment insurance, and social insurance.
*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. Be between the ages of 22 and 35 and have working experience.
  3. 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.
  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: Saturday, February 18, 2023
    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 6 – Tuesday, January 31, 2023


How to apply
Please send your application documents by e-mail.
•E-mail address:
•Subject line: “Arts Academy Researcher Application (Name)”
•Attachment format: PDF recommended
*We will not accept applications by post, 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)
    Topics: The function of public theaters as “New agora,” as seen in the Theater Law

Forms for (1)-(4) can be downloaded from the links above.

Personal information included in applications for participation will be used within the scope necessary for applicant selection.

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 nine semesters are employed

“Okayama Cultural Arts Creation Foundation Okayama Performing Arts Theatre (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Kanagawa Arts Foundation Kanagawa Kenmin Hall (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Kitakami City Culture Creation, Kitakami City Cultural Exchange Center Sakura Hall (General Incorporated Association)
Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promoting Foundation, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Japan Foundation (Independent administrative agency)
National Museum of Art (Independent administrative agency)
Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) (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 Association, 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,2022)


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)