Shōzō Satō

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


Shōzō Satō is a professor emeritus of Art and Design, former artist-in-residence for the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and founder and former director of Japan House, 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]

Satō 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]

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


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


  1. ^ UIUC announcement of emeritus
  2. ^ UIUC Archives
  3. ^ University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign In the Krannert Center's 2016-2017 play season, he will return to the University to direct his Kabuki adaptation of Othello, or "Iago's Plot."
  4. ^ Ikebana for the 21st Century, April 18, 1997
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  6. ^ Larry King Now interview with Nick Offerman - Season 1 Episode 176 | Aired on 06/11/2013 [1]
  7. ^ University of Illinois at Urbana: About Shozo Sato.