Exploring Creative Roots with Yuri Kinugawa Lecture/Discussion
June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Why does the fire that burns in the core of my heart continue to burn? As a Japanese woman and a theater artist, I think about why I continue to improvise in the context of Japanese culture and my own identity. In this lecture/discussion, we explore the origins of expression and the mechanism of creativity. This exploration is informed by recent findings in cognitive science research on creativity and mastery, as well as my own research. I will be assisted by Randy Dixon, Artistic Director at Unexpected Productions.
Date: Thursday, June 17th
Time: 7-9:00 PM Seattle time PDT https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
Maximum Students: 12
Actor, Improvisor, Director, Writer, Researcher. Yuri has been a professional actor for over 30 years and an improviser for 26 years.
She began her career as a theatre actress in Tokyo and then began improvisation theater under Keith Johnston, Lyn Pierse and Charna Halpern) while moving into film and TV. She has performance and teaching experience of Improvisation in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Colombia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. As a writer, she has published 4 books about improvisation & voice training and 2 translated books (English to Japanese).
She is researching improvisation and creativity using Cognitive Science towards a PhD at the University of Tokyo. She graduated MA (1st Class Hons) from University of Auckland & MA from University of Tokyo.
Art director of Impro Works Ltd. http://www.impro-works.info/
A member of Orcas Island Project https://www.facebook.com/groups/148709738485646/
International Theatresports Institute Asia representative. https://impro.global
A member of Auckland Zen Center. http://www.aucklandzen.org.nz
Best Actress 1998 Stockholm International Film Festival.
Best Foreign Performer 1998 New Zealand Film Awards.
(Memory & Desire, Director Niki Caro).
Best Presentation Award Japanese Cognitive Science Society 2019.