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Mika Eglinton

Mika Eglinton is a performing arts researcher, critic and journalist. She is professor of English theater and cultural studies at Kobe University of Foreign Studies. She is also actively involved in the creation of theater as a translator, dramaturg and facilitator.

For Mika Eglinton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Juliet Knapp: A life of theatrical management

| Feb 10, 2018

Juliet Knapp: A life of theatrical management

Name: Juliet Knapp Age: 25 Nationality: British / Japanese Occupation: Art management Likes: Yorkshire tea, David Bowie Dislikes: Cold Kyoto winters 1. You grew up in The New Forest, Hampshire in the U.K., what was that like? It's a beautiful place with wild horses and donkeys, cows and pigs and ...

The ambiguous world of today's ventriloquists

Apr 27, 2017

The ambiguous world of today's ventriloquists

Franco-Austrian choreographer and director Gisele Vienne is fascinated by puppets and brings a group of nine ventriloquists and their marionettes to the stage in her latest piece, "The Ventriloquists Convention." The play is part of the World Theatre Festival Shizuoka run by Shizuoka Performing ...

T-C-T and TPAM set to offer a hot winter's feast of the arts

Jan 24, 2017

T-C-T and TPAM set to offer a hot winter's feast of the arts

A bonanza is brewing in Tokyo and Yokohama for lovers of cross-cultural contemporary theater. That's because, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, the capital's Minato Ward hosts a new performance and workshop program named Theater Commons Tokyo. Meanwhile Yokohama's Naka Ward welcomes the seventh ...

Ong's spellbinding take on 'Richard III'

Nov 22, 2016

Ong's spellbinding take on 'Richard III'

He is one of Asia's foremost theater directors, and Ong Keng Sen looked to be enjoying his latest challenge when we met in Tokyo in March during rehearsals for "Sandaime Richard," Japanese dramatist Hideki Noda's iconoclastic adaptation of Shakespeare's "Richard III." The Singaporean dramatist was ...

Kyoto Experiment festival revels in breaking barriers

Oct 25, 2016

Kyoto Experiment festival revels in breaking barriers

"Good fences make good neighbors" is an often-quoted line from Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" about two farmers united in their effort to rebuild a wall that divides their land. Less well known is the poem's central query: "Why do good fences make good ...

Ishinha set for stunning final show

Sep 27, 2016

Ishinha set for stunning final show

Performing on deserted beaches and in villages, temples, dockland warehouses and urban railyards, few theater companies can have traversed the range of landscapes and settings that have inspired Osaka-based Ishinha. Yet though journeys real and imagined have been key themes in Ishinha's recent works, with ...

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

Apr 26, 2016

Young dramatists mark the Bard's anniversary in style

Hot on the heels of Hideki Noda's radical adaptation of "Richard III" being staged by Singaporean director Ong Ken Seng at Shizuoka Performing Arts Center from April 29 to May 1, another intriguing transformation of Shakespeare's Machiavellian king will follow at Theatre Fuusikaden in ...