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LIFE IN JAPAN
Kike

KikeOccupation:
I' loved to dance since childhood. I got a big break at 14 dancing on Hola Yola, a children's television program in Peru.
Time in Japan:
6 years



"The overwhelming majority of my time is spent preparing my classes. I am always thinking about each student's particular problems and how I might reach them personally. For my second year students, I am constantly analyzing scenes and plays. That's a tremendous amount of work. And from time to time, graduates from my class will drop by to work out scenes from plays they are performing. And for myself, I practice Tai Chi every morning and go to a Zen temple every now and then to chill out and relax.

When I first started teaching acting there were very few English speaking theatre companies. The economy was very good at that time. I thought that eventually there would be more and more actors coming to Tokyo to make a living. Today there is much more English theatre.

In the first year of my course, I witness students undergo an enormous transformation. A new light shines from them as they overcome challenges they never thought they'd overcome. During that year, I teach them to open up and sensitize themselves. They learn what a real impulse is, how to read behavior and what people really mean by what they say and how they say it. From there I help them develop a 'dramatic imagination'. Emotions are never pushed or squeezed out, they unfold naturally. And all the while we are learning a craft, a form. Its really wonderful. That early work is creative in one way and the second year work in another. My second year students have embraced the basics. With them I focus on character work. We are able to take the work of the first year and expand it to a much broader creative plane. I see my graduates as well-tuned instruments, ready to play their music in a range of roles. My students have had leads in everything from Othello to American Buffalo. One student recently went to New York and landed a professional role in her first audition. Another student went on to be one of four chosen to a top directing school in London.

Too many people believe if you can walk, talk and learn lines you can act. They don't see acting as an artistic pursuit like being a ballet dancer or a pianist. A budding pianist must play their scales before they take the stage. A dancer who dreams of dancing enters as an awkward girl and emerges a swan. Actors must do the same thing to emerge as an artist.

I love teaching and I personally enjoy process. Of course I like performing, but my life is dedicated to process. That's what really grabs me."

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198: Ross Mihara
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196: Corky Alexander
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194: Merry Angel
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193: Alison Pockett
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192: Zack Konno
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191: Pamela S. Caudill
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190: Caroline Power
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189: Geoffrey Tudor
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188: Ryuko Ishikawa M.D.
Family Psychiatrist
187: Georges Hassam
Arabic Dance Instructor
186: Larry London
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185: Richard James
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184: Alan Kidd
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183: Adam Hitchens
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182: Lylian de la Vega
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181: Annie Chang
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180: Mike Jacobs
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179: Jimmy Angel
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178: Dante
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177: Elizabeth Spencer
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175: Paul E. Ainlay
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174: Steve Bindon
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173: Nanae Nagata & Naji Rahman
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172: Tom Holiday
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171: Gordon Hutchingson
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170: Barry Cardinal
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169: Tammy
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168: Steve Feldman
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167: Eve Suter
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166: Paul Goldsmith
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165: Avry Gottesman
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164: Russell Pollard
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163: Sa'dia
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162: Marcel L'Esperance
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161: Gregg Alan
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160: Dr. Greg Sapplers OMD
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159: Ute Ikuta
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158: Pam Adkins
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157: Cloudy Bong Water
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154: Ann Spiers
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153: Evans M. Asare
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152: Sandy Weiss
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150: Kike
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