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Tadashi Suzuki (鈴木忠志, born June 20, 1939 in Shimizu, Shizuoka) is a theatre director, writer and philosopher working out of Toga, Toyama, Japan. He is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), organizer of Japan’s first international theatre festival (Toga Festival). With director Anne Bogart he co-founded the Saratoga International Theatre Institute in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is the creator of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. Suzuki was general artistic director of Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) (1995~2007), an international committee member of the Theatre Olympics, founding member of the BeSeTo Festival (jointly organized by leading theatre artists from Japan, China and Korea) and chairman of the Board of Directors for the Japan Performing Arts Foundation, a nationwide network of theatre professionals in Japan.
Besides productions with his own company, he has directed several international collaborations, such as The Tale of Lear, co-produced and presented by four leading regional theatres in the US”; King Lear, presented with the Moscow Art Theatre; Oedipus Rex, co-produced by Cultural Olympiad and the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus; and Electra, produced by Ansan Arts Center / Arco Arts Theatre in Korea and the Taganka Theatre in Russia.
He brought his company from Tokyo to the remote mountain village of Toga in 1976. Currently, the Toga Art Park comprises six theaters, rehearsal facilities, offices, lodgings and restaurants, and continues to host a summer and winter season of performances, symposiums, workshops and competitions.
Teaching and writing
Suzuki has articulated his theories in a number of books. A collection of his writings in English, The Way of Acting, is published by Theatre Communications Group (US). He has taught his system of actor training in schools and theatres throughout the world, including The Juilliard School in New York and the Moscow Art Theatre. The Cambridge University Press published The Theatre of Suzuki Tadashi as part of their Directors in Perspective series, featuring leading theatre directors of the 20th Century. This series includes works on Meyerhold, Brecht, Strehler, Peter Brook and Robert Wilson among others.
- Culture is the Body! by Tadashi Suzuki
- Fragments of Glass: A Conversation between Hijikata Tatsumi and Suzuki Tadashi
- Interview: The Word Is an Act of the Body by William O. Beeman, Tadashi Suzuki and Kosho Kadogami
- The Way of Acting: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki by Tadashi Suzuki, Theatre Communications Group, (1993), ISBN 978-0-930452-56-8
- The Nobel Columbia Encyclopedia of modern drama 2007. Columbia University Press. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
- "DIDASKALIA: Ancient Theatre Today". Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- "The New York Times: Theatre Review, June 3, 1982". Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- Henry III, William A. (May 2, 1988). "Time Magazine: Theater: Biological View THE TALE OF LEAR". Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- "The Project Muse: Theatre Journal - Volume 61, Number 3, October 2009, pp. 472-474". Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- James R. Brandon, Training at the Waseda Little Theatre: The Suzuki Methodby
- Ian Carruthers and Yasunari Takahashi, The Theatre of Tadashi Suzuki, Cambridge University Press, (2004) ISBN 978-0-521-59024-2
- David G. Goodman, The Return of the Gods: Theatre in Japan Today
- Tatsuro Ishii, Kazuko Yoshiyuki on Acting
- Jadwiga Rodowicz, Rethinking Zeami: Talking to Kanze Tetsunojo
- The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) homepage (English)
- 5th Theatre Olympics in Seoul
- BeSeTo Theatre Festival
- Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI)
- The International Theatre Laboratorium-USA (ITL-USA)
- Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre
- OzFrank Theatre and Suzuki Method of Actor Training (SMAT)/ Frank Suzuki Actors Knowhow (FSAK)