Asian Theatre Program

The UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance is home to the largest university-based Asian theatre program in the world and is renowned for its training programs.  With roots that reach back to 1923, the Asian Theatre Program today offers rigorous and exciting training and instruction in three areas—Japanese, Chinese, and South and Southeast Asian theatre.

The faculty experts in these fields are widely recognized and honored for their scholarship, creative work, and diligent service in designing and directing programs and productions which bring master artists from around the world into the department to train student performers, designers and musicians.  From these programs have resulted some of the most outstanding Asian theatre productions to be seen outside of their respective countries of origin.

Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, professor and director of the Asian Theatre program, was the first non-Chinese to perform Jingju in the People’s Republic of China and is the first honorary (and first non-Chinese) member of the National Xiqu (“Chinese opera”) Institute. She is also the recipient of Jingju’s Golden Chrysanthemum Award, the equivalent of America’s lifetime-achievement Tony Award, for outstanding achievements in promoting and developing Jingju.

For more information, visit http://www.hawaii.edu/theatre/

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