Shozo Sato

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Shozo Sato, an internationally renowned Japanese master of Zen arts and visionary theatre director, most known for adapting Western classics to Japanese Kabuki theatre.

Shozo Sato is a professor emeritus of Art and Design and former artist-in-residence for the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Adaptations of Western classics in Kabuki form include MacBeth, Medea, Othello, Faust, Achilles and the operas, Madame Butterfly and The Mikado.[1][2] His last academic production was Kabuki Lady Macbeth (2012) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.[3] He is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.[4]

Sato is the author of The Art of Arranging Flowers: A Complete Guide to Japanese Ikebana, published in 1968 by Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated, New York, NY. The volume was printed and bound in Japan.[5]

Sato officiated at the wedding of actors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.[6]


In 2004, the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure was conferred.[7]