Yokohama Theatre, through our Ytheatre School, offers group classes throughout the year. Our current studio is within easy reach of Yokohama, Tokyo, and the surrounding regions. ::CLICK HERE:: for details on our location.

Our current range of classes are for adults, but we will accept students as young as 16. Students 15 and younger will require an interview with the course instructor before being admitted.

Our main classes are listed here, but there is a chance we will run some short courses on different subjects during the summer. Check back often or ::CLICK HERE:: to sign up for our newsletter and stay informed.


( This page is about our group classes. If you're interested in private coaching, please ::CLICK HERE:: )


There is a 20% discount offered for anyone who takes three or more classes in a semester, or for our returning students.


None of the classes here fit your schedule? Looking for something else? Take our ::SURVEY:: and tell us what you're looking for. If there's enough demand, we'll make it happen.

Workshop Presentation: TOWER OF BABBLE

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Cost: FREE!
Showdate: Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 17:30
Location: JDS Studios, 2nd Floor
(for map and directions::CLICK HERE::)


The fall 2015 Playmaking Ensemble is excited to present the public showcase of Tower of Babble, a roller-coaster ride on one man's train of thought. This is the show they’ve been developing over the last month and a half under the direction of instructor, guest director, and long-time YTG collaborator Tania Coke,

Seating space is limited in the studio, so please use the form at the bottom of this post to let us know you’re coming. Also, please arrive by 17:15. The show is quite short and will begin at 17:30. Afterwards, there will be a short Q&A.

After the show, the Ensemble will adjourn to a restaurant in Kawasaki for a celebration. Two different courses (alcohol & non-alcohol) will be available. Please note on the form if you plan to attend and which course you’d like to take.


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Workshops in Taipei




The Yokohama Theatre Group, in collaboration with the Miculture Foundation, is pleased to present our first series of workshops in Taipei. Open to ages 14 to 114.

Playmaking: The Play’s The Thing

Cost: 3200NTD (includes 2 days of class and 3 meals)
Dates: Saturday, December 19, 10:00 – 18:00
& Sunday, December 20, 10:00 – 20:00
Public Performance: Sunday, December 20, 20:00
Location: Miculture Tiger Mountain
(for map and directions
Language of Instruction: English

Students will work with Japan-based playwright Andrew Woolner to learn methods of creating plays in rehearsal.

The first day will start with some acting and team-building exercises to get everyone ready before delving into choosing a theme together. The rest of the day will be spent exploring that theme using words, sounds, and movement.

Day two will begin with reviewing the content made on day one and choosing a direction for the project. Content will be developed into scenes, which will then be expanded into a short play that the group will perform for an audience in the evening.

Here’s a sample video of the show produced during a 3-hour version of this workshop Andrew ran for a group of middle and high-school students in Yokohama:

Playwriting Seminars

Cost: 700NTD per session
Dates: Monday, December 21, 19:30 –22:00
Tuesday, December 22, 19:30 – 22:00
Location: Miculture Tiger Mountain
(for map and directions
Language of Instruction: English

Facilitated by playwright Andrew Woolner, these workshops are designed to get you feedback from other writers about your work and discuss the playwriting process. Want to write a play, but don't know how to start? Or are you suffering from a lack of direction in your work? Take a seat at this workshop table and get a fresh look at your work!

Playmaking: The Play’s The Thing


10:00 - 13:00 - Introductions, warm-ups, and theatre games
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
14:00 - 18:00 - Choosing the theme, exploring it, and creating content

HOMEWORK: Review scenes from day before and pick favourites.


10:00 - 10:30 - Warm up
10:30 - 11:00 - Reviewing content from Day 1; selecting best scenes; start structuring the piece.

11:00 - 13:00 - Expanding existing scenes, creating new ones
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
14:00 - 17:00 - Compiling scenes into a show

17:00 - 17:30 - Break

17:30 - 19:45 - Show prep
20:00 - Performance! Invite your friends!


About the Instructor

Andrew_Woolner-Sitting-SmallAndrew Woolner is a Japan-based playwright and theatre maker who specializes in new play development. Recent works include his one-man show 39, which toured Canada in 2010, and Kikai-ga-shima, which appeared this past summer in the Taipei Fringe Festival. He's currently working on a new show, By the Hour, which will premiere in February at the TPAM festival in Japan.
Other collaborative shows Andrew has worked on include: The House Show II: Haunted, a people apart 'A', and Earthawake.

Andrew is also the artistic director of the Yokohama Theatre Group, which specializes in original pieces of theatre created collaboratively in rehearsal and is constantly working on and developing new ways to make theatre.

Playmaking with Tania Coke

PlaymakingCost: 5 Sessions - 23,280円 ~ 29,100円 (20% discount for returning YTG students or current high school/university students)
Time: Sundays, 9:00 – 14:00 (November 8 ONLY); 13:00 - 18:00 (all other dates)
Dates: November 1, 8, 15; December 6 & 13
Location: JDS Studios
(for map and directions::CLICK HERE::)
Language of Instruction: English*

Tania Coke, veteran performer and theatre creator (“Are You...?”, “Coffee and I”, “吼 kon”,”The Other Show”, “a people apart ‘B’”, and more) takes students on a journey of inspiration. Starting with nothing but the desire to create, you’ll explore everything that goes into making a compelling piece of theatre. The final product will be a fully-realized workshop show, performed in front of an audience.

Whether you’re considering your first class in theatre, or whether you’re a performance veteran, this class will expand your skillset and your artist’s soul.


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Acting: Monologue

Acting: Monologue

Cost: 8 Sessions - 32,000 Yen (25% discount for returning YTG students or current high school/university students)
Time: Sundays, 13:00 - 15:30
Dates: January 18 - March 8, 2015
Location: JDS Studio
(for map and directions ::CLICK HERE::)
Language of Instruction: English

Are you looking to dive into the world of acting or public speaking? Or are you gearing up for audition season? Beginner or pro, this class is for you. Beginners will learn techniques from how to choose an appropriate monologue to the fundamentals of working with text. More experienced students will be challenged to find new ways of approaching monologue work, and given a chance to stretch themselves in a way that is only possible within the safe environment of a class, where there is no pressure to get things "right".

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Class Workshop: “Life, in its Entirety”

Life_In_Its_Entirety_500pxShow Dates: Sunday, July 5, 2015 @ 16:00 – 16:50
Venue: JDS Studios, 2F ::CLICK HERE:: for map
Language: English
Cost: FREE!

The students of this spring’s Playmaking Workshop are doing their final presentation on Sunday, July 5, and you’re invited.

The piece will be short, probably no more than 20 minutes, and there will be no production values whatsoever: no special lighting, no constructed set, no special costumes. What will be on display are the ideas that the group has built over the last 5 workshops. After the show, we’ll do a short feedback session in which you’ll be able to give feedback to the students and ask any questions about the show or the process that you wish.

The show will feature Erik Masataro Shuttlesworth, Ron Samala, and Carolina Gentsch. Clare Guerin will be the stage manager and Andrew Woolner has been overseeing the creation process.

We really hope that you can join us for this!

Playmaking Workshop


UPDATE: Dates and times on this workshop have been changed due to scheduling issues with the venue. Please check them carefully:

May 10, 24; June 7, July 5 - 14:00~17:00 June 14, 21, 28; - 11:00~14:00

Cost: 6 Sessions plus showcase (7 weeks) - 17,500 Yen
Time: Sundays, (see above for exact times)
Dates: May 10, 24; June 7, 14, 21, 28; Showcase on July 5
Location: JDS Studios
(for map and directions::CLICK HERE::)
Language of Instruction: English*

In this workshop, students will collaborate to create a short performance that will be presented to the public as a showcase. The course instructor will function as the director of the project. Instruction in particular skills will be given as required.

The initial workshop will be a six week experiment, which, if successful, will be implemented as a full 10 to 12-week course in the fall.

The first week will be spent doing ensemble-building work and acting exercises. The second week will be spent deciding on a theme. The third to sixth weeks will be spent developing material with the seventh week being a public showcase.

Students in this workshop will learn the process of making a show from scratch, from deciding on a theme, to creating the scenes, to assembling the best work into a coherent whole.

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Nerd Nite #11: Race in Japan, Cancer+Maths, Sumo


When: May 12 (Friday), doors open 19:30, start 20:00

Where: Good Heavens bar (, Shimokitazawa (

Price: ¥1500 on the door, includes 1 drink

Slammin’ back into Shimokitazawa in May, Nerd Nite is talking being a foreigner in Japan, compu-onco-netics, and Japan’s national sport. Be there and be square!

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