Exchange Program for Professionals in the Performing Arts in North America invites a group of experts from USA and Canada

The Japan Foundation has invited four professionals in the performing arts from the United States and Canada with the aim of fostering understanding of the field in Japan and to provide them with an opportunity to build networks with their counterparts.

The program is taking place between November 4 through 13, 2018. In addition to meetings and discussions with Japanese arts administrators, artists, and grant-makers, the group of experts will be observing performances mainly in theatre and dance, from the traditional to the contemporary genres, and traveling through the cities of Tokyo, Kinosaki, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

Program Outline

Program Period

Sunday, November 4 – Tuesday, November 13, 2018


  • Lydia Bell (Program Director & Associate Curator, Danspace Project) U.S.A.
  • Benjamin Johnson (Director of Performing Arts, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs) U.S.A.
  • Sherrie Johnson (Executive Producer, Canadian Stage) Canada
  • Jodee Nimerichter (Executive Director, American Dance Festival) U.S.A.

Visiting places and schedule

Places: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo
Schedule: Meetings, Lectures(Contemporary Theatre, Dance) and visiting performances

What We Do