Speed Networking

BankART Studio NYK 2F

2.9 Tue 10:00 - 15:30
2.10 Wed 10:00 - 15:30

Speed Networking: A program for one-on-one meetings with international presenters including theatre programmers or festival directors. Participants can more directly and specifically communicate with the hosts in the 10-minute individual meetings (reservation required).

1st application period: 1.29 Fri 19:00〜2.2 Tue 23:59
2nd application period: 2.6 Sat 00:00〜2.8 Mon 23:59

[1st application period]
• You can select the presenter and date you would like.
• TPAM Secretariat organizes and suggests the timetable of meetings on 2.5 Fri. Please tell us your preferred date and time as well as when you are occupied.
• Apply for meetings with up to 3 hosts in Primary Application.

[2nd application period]
• You can select the host, date and time. It is on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Maximum of 6 hosts’ reservations available per person including the numbers of hosts reserved by
the Primary Application and the numbers of reservations by the Secondary Application.

Speed Networking Hosts(As of January 22)

Feb. 9 [10:00~12:30]

Naoyoshi Fujita

Director, The Museum of Art, Kochi

After working at an Art Coordinator who plans and produces events at the Museum of Art, Kochi (with 399-capacity Noh theatre), Naoyoshi became the director of the Museum in April 2007. He has managed various events such as coproduction with Dumb Type, performances of works by Pina Bausch, and over 250 other theatre/dance/film/music projects. In recent years, he has self-produced works, invited international companies to Japan, and been involved in international coproduction and residence programmes.


Atsuhiko Sakiyama

Chief Producer, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre

Born in Okinawa in 1962. He took part in 1992 in the establishment of Art Sphere (currently The chlaxy Theatre) and then the management of the theatre. In 1996 he became the theatre’s producer and produced a wide range of works from traditional performing arts to straight plays. He took part in the establishment of OWLSPOT theatre as chief producer, and has been supervising the projects of Kanagawa Arts Theatre as chief producer since 2011.


Masashi Kishimoto

OWLSPOT THEATER(Toshima Performing Arts Center) Producer

He was a producer of Theater Company Isseki-Nicho from 1991 to 2008. He produced performances and also managed tours inside Japan. He continued his career as a producer and started working as an OWLSPOT Theater Producer since 2012. He planned and produced theater, participatory exhibition, workshop, etc.. His latest work as producer involves with local Japanese artists and dancers from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch called “SOMA project,” translated play “TUSK TUSK,” and exhibition of “Fruit Tree of Story.”  


Sun Tawalwongsri

Director of Sun Dance Theatre

Sun Tawalwongsri is lecturer at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU). Sun has been active in the fields of dance and performance as a choreographer, dancer, producer and educator working with independent theatre and dance artists. He became a public relations/marketing planner of Bangkok City Ballet (2004-2006). He founded Sun Dance Theatre in 2008 as a non-profit organization to create youth theatres for Bangkok Theatre Festival. In 2014, he produced the 1st Bangkok Queer Theatre Festival to support and promote LGBT community in Thailand. He plans to collaborate and create performing arts projects and events making on international scale.


Maria Darmaningsih

“Co-founder and Director of Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF) Vice Dean of External Affairs, Performing Arts Faculty of Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ)”

“Maria worked with the country’s leading contemporary choreographers, including Sardono W. Kusumo and Sulistyo Tirtokusumo. Maria became active as a Dance Professor at the Performing Arts Faculty of Jakarta Institute of Arts (IKJ). In 1992, Maria and her colleagues founded Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF), which is the first and only international contemporary dance festival in Jakarta to date. Maria now serves as a Vice Dean of External Affairs at the Performing Arts Faculty of IKJ and also as the Director of IDF. “

Maria D

Joel Stern

Artistic Director, Liquid Architecture

Joel Stern is a curator and artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently Artistic Director of Liquid Architecture, a long-running Australian organisation presenting performances, exhibitions, conversations and situations by the worlds leading artists working with sound. liquidarchitecture.org.au


Andras Siebold

Artistic Director, International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg

András Siebold was born in Zurich in 1976. He started working for artists, art exhibitions and galleries, before he was hired as a dramaturge at Theater Basel and for four years at the State Opera Unter den Linden Berlin. In 2007 he was appointed as head of programming at Kampnagel Hamburg by Artistic Director Amelie Deuflhard. Since 2013 he is Artistic Director of the International Summer Festival Hamburg.


Shigeyuki Matsuura

Section manager, Mie Prefecture Cultural Centre

Started working at Mie Center for the Arts since April in 2000 and became producer in April 2007 after being a group leader of Planning, Publicity and General Affairs at General Affairs Department. He mainly focused on leading produced activities and performing arts events working with several theater companies to explore advanced style of the theater and production network as well as small theater activities with people under the age of 25, theater company residence programs of 24 hours utilization of the theater space, series of programs to introduce young theater companies, etc…


Feb. 9  [13:00~15:30]

Yuko Kuroda

Program Coordinator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

She plans and produces performing arts projects and events making use of the space of the contemporary art museum. For last few years, she has focused on experimental performances, globally acclaimed production and performances dealing with current social issues. She has also been working on creative residence projects that involve the local community and human resources. She currently seeks for opportunities mainly in Asian region. http://www.kanazawa21.jp


Kei Saito

Administrator, BIRD Theatre Company/BIRD Theatre

Born in Tokyo in 1974. In 2006, he has moved to Tottori and took part in setting up BIRD Theatre Company and BIRD Theatre. He deals with the management of venue, performances, festival and international projects. He is a board member of Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM). He lives in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture.


Hirotomo Kojima

Vice Director, Festival/Tokyo

Art coordinator at Kyoto Art Center since 2007. A staff member at Art Network Japan since 2009, and the director of Arterio Theater of Kawasaki Art Center from 2010 to 2012. A producer and administrator since 2012 and the deputy director since 2014 at Festival/Tokyo.


Atsushi Suzuki / Isao Chigira

Vice Director/Contact person, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse number 1

The 3rd floor of the building is flexible in usage and is popular for dance performances such as Yokohama Dance Collection. This venue is quite popular inside and outside Japan widely used in the field of performing arts and music to introduce performing arts activities.


Aymar Crosnier

Directeur General Adjoint, Centre National de la danse

He worked for National Theatre of Dijon(administrator and curator), the Multidisciplinary Theatre of Macon(dance and theatre curator), the National Centre of Contemporary Dance in Angers(Deputy Director, Programming dance season and residences). In January 2014, Mathilde Monnier(Choreographer and General Director) asks him to join her at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris as General Deputy Director and responsible of curating the dance season and the international projects.


Yoshiji Yokoyama

In charge of international program, SPAC-Shizuoka Performing Arts Center

Born in Chiba in 1977. Studied theatre theories at l’Université Paris X, etc. Since 2007, Yoshiji has been working mainly for the international program of a theatre festival called “WorldTheatreFestival Shizuoka under Mt.Fuji,” organized annually in April-May by SPAC-Shizuoka Performing Arts Center. Nearby Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka is one hour from Yokohama or Tokyo by Shinkansen.


Maki Miyakubo

Producer, Dance New Air

Maki was a Producer for performing arts programs at Spiral, a multi-purpose cultural centre in 1997-2015, she had been involved not only in contemporary dance, but also in contemporary art and other events inside and outside Spiral. Chairperson of Dance New Air(Dance Nippon Associates) since 2015. http://dancenewair.tokyo


Feb. 10 [10:00~12:30]

Yota Kageyama

Theater Manager / Exective Director, ROHM Theatre Kyoto Theater Manager / Exective Director, ROHM Theatre Kyoto

Worked at the Theater Department of Haiyuza Theater Company (1990-96). General Manager of the Production Department and Planning and Project Department of the Company (1996-2006). Producer / Theater Manager of Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre (2006-10). Theater Manager of KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre (2010-13). Since August 2013, Theater Manager / Exective Director of ROHM Theatre Kyoto (formerly Kyoto Kaikan) that opened in January 10th 2016. A trainee under the study program of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1998 (London).


Hisashi Shimoyama

Producer/Artistic Director of ricca ricca*festa (International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audiences), Representative Director of ACO Okinawa

“Hisashi has produced various works referring to Okinawa including Island Ballard which won an award in Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival in 1981, and received the Art Encouragement Prize of Okinawa Times in 1981. Since 2005, he has held ricca ricca*festa (International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audiences) every year as a producer and an artistic director, aiming at Asian and local Okinawan families. Hisashi received Japan Theatre for Children and Young People Award in 2008, and the 63rd Art Encouragement Prize of Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. While being a chairman of ACO Okinawa, he is also a director of Japan Theatre for Children and Young People Association and a director of Japan Performing Arts Foundation. “


Masayoshi Yahagi

Chief Producer, Toyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT

Born in Tokyo in 1965. Masayoshi is the chief producer at Toyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT. He started getting involved in theatre at Tokyo Metropolitan University, and launched a theatre company after his graduation. He had worked in Setagaya Public Theatre between April 1998 and March 2012. He managed area of publicity, facility control, production, technical field and curation. He became a staff member at Toyohashi Cultural Foundation in April 2012, and works as an art and culture producer since last year at Toyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT which opened in April 2013.


Chuji Mori


Started her career as a theatre producer in 1995. While working as a producer for contemporary dance and theatre, Chuji is also a workshop designer and a member of Sendai Public Hall Governing Committee. He is also the Director of Sendai Playwright Prize since 2013.


Gan Eng Cheng

Senior Production Manager, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) Malaysia

klpac is a non-profit organisation established in 2005 to develop the arts in Malaysia. The country’s first fully-integrated arts centre houses a 504-seater proscenium theatre, 200-seater black box theatre, studios and other facilities. More than 500,000 people have visited the 7,614 sq ft award-winning venue for shows and other events. Carrying out crucial educational initiatives include The Actors Studio @ klpac with a 6000-strong alumni, klpac Orchestra, klpac Symphonic Band, klpac String Ensemble, Theatre for Young People (T4YP) programme and Artist in-Residence programme. For more information, please visit www.klpac.org.

"Saya bangga sebagai seorang anak Malaysia." - Gan Eng Cheng | KL PAC, Sentul, KL

“Saya bangga sebagai seorang anak Malaysia.” – Gan Eng Cheng | KL PAC, Sentul, KL

Faith Tan

Producer (Dance), Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

“Faith is a producer and programmer at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, the national arts centre of Singapore. In 2006, Faith launched the Esplanade’s da:ns festival, a large dance platform annually presenting and commissioning dance works from around the world. In this area of commissioning and co-producing, Faith is seeking more partners to support work from Asia. “


Eleno Guzman

Subdirector of Performing Arts, Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosí (Center for the Arts of San Luis Potosí), Mexico

He is graduated in Artistic Education from the Superior School of Arts from Yucatán with a thesis on Semiotics for performing arts. He has received the National Fund for Culture and Arts as performer in Theatre and Contemporary Dance. He has performed with different dance and theatre companies in more than 25 cities in Mexico and at international festivals in New York, Canada, Czech Republic, Spain, Russia, France, Belgium and China.In 2006 he founded MOVES [Movimiento Escénico] a cultural enterprise dedicated to the international mobility of performing artists. Since 2008 he is in charge of the Subdirection of Performing Arts of the Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosí a place for dance and theatre studies, international residencies and artistic collaborations.He has worked as Dance/Theatre Counselor for cultural institutions like the National Dance Coordination and the Contemporary Dance Production Center in Mexico City. Also as Curator of the National Dance Encounter and the National Theatre Festival both organized by the National Institute of Fine Arts. Since 2014 he is part of the curatorial team of the International Contemporary Dance Festival «Onésimo González» in Guadalajara City.

Eleno Guzman Gutierrez - Portrait

Amelia Ehrhardt

Curator,Dancemakers Centre for Creation

Amelia is a Curator and Artist based in Toronto, Canada. Recently appointed Curator at Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation, Amelia is the artistic head of Canada’s only creation centre offering long-term (three year) residencies. Amelia is the founder of multidisciplinary performance series Flowchart and was the Curator of the inaugural dance series at SummerWorks Performance Festival 2015.


Feb. 10 [13:00~15:30]

Hiroshi Takahagi

Vice Director, The Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

“Born in Tokyo in 1953, Hiroshi Takahagi graduated from the Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo. He was one of the founder members of Yume no Yumin Sha (Dreaming Playing Sleeping Company). He is a former manager of the Panasonic Globe Theatre, a former general producer at the Setagaya Public Theatre, and currently the vice director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and also a guest professor at Tama Art University and a member of an advisory council for cultural policy at Agency for Cultural Affairs. He has published several books including Boku To Engeki To Yume no Yumin Sha (published by Nikkei Publishing Inc.).”


Akiko Fujii

Senior producer of Aichi Arts Center, curator of Aichi Triennale 2016

Since 1992, she has worked at Aichi Arts Center as a curator in music field and manages their own programs. She especially focuses on musicians and composers working in diversified fields, and produced and plans music concerts, films and collaboration with dance performances. She became senior producer in 2014 and curator of Aichi Triennale 2016. Last few years, she is involved in internship and training programs.


Mitsuhiro Obara

Contact of Yokohama Shimin Gallery Azamino

Graduated Ritsumeikan University majoring Film and New Media. After he produced visual image and managed stage equipment at the university, he joined Yokohama Shimin Gallery Azamino in 2012 and contributed his career producing and planning in the field of performing arts and visual arts. He is leading some special local programs connecting local community and artists.


Helen Medland

CEO/Artistic Director, SICK! Festival

“Helen Medland is the CEO/Artistic Director of SICK! Festival, a three week long international arts festival confronting the challenges of life and death and how we survive them (or don’t). SICK! Festival bears witness to the physical, mental and social realities of our lives, shining a light on urgent issues that often remain misunderstood or taboo. Rooted in personal experience and shared understanding the festival brings together voices from the arts, science, healthcare, charities and those who confront these issues in their daily lives. “

Helen Medland

Beata Barda

Trafo Artistic Director

Beata Barda has been working in Trafó House of Contemporary Arts for 10 years, she started as a programmer, then became artistic director of this multifaced institution. Trafó which used to serve a power plant is now a unique place in Hungary, presenting dance, theatre, music and contemporary circus on both national and international scale and also having an exhibition space. Beata Bardais also on the board of several Hungarian NGOs dealing with performing arts.


Oi Min Wong

“Dean, Faculty of Theatre National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage (ASWARA)”

Her interests are in intercultural and cross-cultural work. She plans to organize the Malaysian Theatre Festival, an avenue to display Malaysian multilingual work with multi ethnics. She currently seeks for international festival directors or producers who may interest in visiting Malaysia as well as in presenting Malaysian theatre works abroad. She also organizes residence programmes such as 3-week residence program with Un Yamada. http://www.aswara.edu.my/web/ms/

Wong Oi Min

Roberto Casarotto

“Director Dance Projects – Operaestate Festival Veneto Artistic Director Balletto di Roma”

Since 2006, Roberto has been director of the dance projects for the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) and Operaestate Festival Veneto. Associate director of Aerowaves, he is a member with Comune di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) of EDN European Dancehouse Network. Currently involved in several international projects supported by the EU, he develops initiatives aimed at supporting the artistic research, mobility and artists’ development in the field of dance. He is the Italian initiator of dance for health and Parkinson, a project aimed at research the impact that the practice of dance has on people with Parkinson’s. He is the author of the book Nigel Charnock published in 2009 by L’Epos, in the Dance forward/Dance for word series. In January 2015 he was appointed Artistic Director of Balletto di Roma.


Ning Fu

General Manager, Shanghai International Arts Festival Friends Club

He plans and prepares for the 1st Shanghai Contemporary Dance Festival in August 2016. He intends to bring in highly innovative and interactive performances to China. He also organizes China Tour of small size physical theatre.

Ning FU