Theatre and Drama 326:
Introduction to Asian Performance
with David Furumoto
About this Course: Our Introduction to Asian Performance (Theatre 326) course explores issues in the study of Asian performance. We will look at the principal genres of Asian performance through study of techniques, aesthetics, and plays. We will also look at East and West theatre relationships.
June 19 –
Meet Your Professor
Professor and Area Head
David joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2000. He has performed and directed with theatre companies across the country including the Berkeley Repertory Theatre Co., the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the Alliance Theatre Co., the Huntington Theatre Co., the Seattle Children’s Theatre Co., the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Center Theatre Group, the Mark Taper Forum, the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, East West Players, Theatre of Yugen and others, and has written plays for young audiences.
David achievements include awards from the Crown Prince Akihhito Scholarship, the Earl Earnst Award for Excellence in Asian theatre, Backstage West-Dramalogue Garland Awards for choreography and acting, L.A. Ovation nominee for Choreography and Featured performance in a Musical, also many awards for Highland Bagpipe playing.
As a playwright, David has been commissioned by The Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis (WONDROUS TALES OF OLD JAPAN) and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (OBAKE! JAPANESE GHOSTS).
David holds both a BA and MFA in theatre from the University of Hawaii with a specialization in Asian Theatre and also holds a professional certificate in Japanese classical dance from the Onoe Dance School in Japan. (source)