MAGIC FLUTE by Mozart (opera) - Movement Director / David Edwards (New National Theatre Tokyo)

MADAM BUTTERFLY by Puccini (opera) - Movement Coach / Graham Vick & Ian Rutherford (ENO)

DIDO AND AENEAS by Purcell (opera) - Movement Director / David Edwards (Temple Festival) / Middle Temple

THE WORLD OF SOUND - Movement Coach / Keiko Miyata (New National Theatre Tokyo)

ILLYRIA – Choreographer / Astrid Hilne (Theatre Royal, Bath)

MODERN MAN - Movement Coach / Caitriona McLaughlin (New End Theatre)

EVERYMAN-AN IMMORALITY PLAY - Movement Coach / Sandy Maberley (Theatre Mélange) / Riverside Studio

NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE - Movement Coach / Tanushuka Marah (Company Collisions)

HINTERLAND – Choreographer / Jamie Harper (LAMDA)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Director & Choreographer / East 15 Acting School

KING RICHARD III - Director & Choreographer / East 15 Acting School

TEMPEST - Movement Coach / (Loughborough University, Drama Department)

THE SEA OF SILENCE – Choreographer / Guy Holland (Quicksilver Theatre)

LARK STREET ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE – Director / Shingo Ito (Yokohama Lawyers Association)



Language: Japanese (Mother tongue), English (RP, Standard American)

Instruments: Piano (Pro level), Accordion, Percussion, Djembe, Recorder, Trumpet (Beginner level)

Singing: Soprano, specialised in folk singing

Dance Skills: Traditional Japanese dance (Nihon Buyo and Kabuki Dance), Butoh (Avant-garde Japanese movement performance), Contemporary dance

Sports: Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis, Table tennis, Sprinting, Ice skating, Bowling

Other Skills: Choreography, Stage combat, Tai Chi, Puppetry, Devising, Improvisation, Story telling, Journalist, Writing, Translation



LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) 

Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Le Coq technique)

Traditional Japanese dance (Nihon Buyo and Kabuki dance)

Butoh (avant-garde Japanese movement performance) with Kazuo Ohno, Yoshito Ohno, Toru Iwashita (Sankaijuku), Carlotta Ikeda, Atsushi Takenouchi

Michael Chekhov technique (Certified as a MC teacher by The Michael Chekhov Association)

Body Psychotherapy



MA in Directing, Drama Department at Royal Holloway University of London

BA in Politics, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Babel University Professional School of Translation


Photograph © New National Theatre Tokyo




“You-Ri is an inspiring colleague who is flexible and receptive to a director’s ideas. She always responds by creating physical material that makes a concept become a practical reality. I have always found her a supportive, imaginative and enthusiastic collaborator and have enjoyed our work together. And she does the best cast warm-ups I’ve ever experienced! You-Ri is a wonderful artist and I look forward to working with her again.”

David Edwards

Stage Director