Julie Iezzi holds an MA in Musicology from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, as well as an MA and PhD in Asian Theatre. She translates, publishes and directs kabuki and kyogen plays, and continues to practice and perform tokiwazu narrative music, nagauta shamisen, and kyogen. She teaches practicum and lecture courses on traditional Japanese Theatre, seminars on contemporary Asian Theatre and Kabuki, Multicultural Directing, and Experimental Approaches to Acting for Western actors. Her most recent publications include a chapter on Kabuki in the Cambridge History of Japanese Theatre (ed. Jonah Salz, 2016), and a special edition of Asian Theatre Journal on Kyogen (spring 2007). Her current research interests are Kamigata kabuki and early 20th century traveling kabuki troupes. Artistically she is very interested in narrative storytelling traditions, and effectively harnessing the powerful union of narrative voice and physical action on stage.