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Like Nowhere ElseWidely recognized as the finest university-based center for the study and practice of Asian performance in the world, the Asian Theatre program's international reputation attracts students from Europe, Asia, the Pacific region, and North America. We offer students an extensive Asian theatre curriculum taught by three full-time Asian Theatre faculty members, and frequent short-term guest-taught workshops in a wide variety of Asian theatre genres. The program's centerpiece is our yearly training residency, in which students have the exciting opportunity to undergo long-term, intensive training in a traditional Asian theatre form with renowned master artists of the genre, who provide rigorous training in semester-long movement, voice, and instrumental courses, as well as individualized instruction in the performance of specific roles and instruments. Currently the theatres of China, Japan, and Indonesia are regularly featured in a four-year cultural rotation that often includes an additional Asian culture; frequently-taught forms are jingju, kabuki, kyogen, noh, randai, and wayang kulit. Residencies culminate in an English-language production of a representative major play, presented on the Kennedy Theatre Mainstage. These master-artist training residencies essentially "bring the field to the university," enabling a multifaceted, integrative course of study that is truly unique. They have also produced some of the most outstanding Asian theatre productions to be seen outside their respective countries of origin. Since 1923, the Asian Theatre program has produced numerous world-premiere English-language productions of traditional and modern Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Korean, Indian and Thai theatre, as well as original, experimental works based on or influenced by research and training in specific genres of Asian theatre - some the work of Asian Theatre directing candidates.
Specialized Asian Theatre graduate degree programs are offered at the MA, MFA, and PhD levels.
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