The Black Stripe Theater is a group of international directors, actors and teachers bringing English-language theater opportunities to Tokyo and other cities in Japan.
Black Stripe Theater aims to engage, inspire, challenge and entertain young people and audiences by creating exciting drama opportunities through our workshops, talks, school visits and performances. We believe drama can be used as a powerful tool to change young people’s lives for the better.
The company name Black Stripe comes from a line in Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, the company’s inaugural production, spoken by the character Gus ruminating about the crockery
The group have collaborated on many productions of classic, modern and contemporary English-speaking plays. In 2017 the group started taking their performances into schools and universities with the aim of bringing accessible, educational and fun performances to young people. This year BST stage 4 shows: Macbeth by William Shakespeare, The Gentlest Giant by Daniel Foley, and two plays in repertoire, The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Christmas Carol, both adapted by writer and actor Justin Davis.
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Chris is from London. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and Rose Bruford College. He has taught Drama and acted on stages throughout the UK and Japan.
Walter is from Nebraska. He trained at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and worked extensively in rep. theatre after graduation. He came to Japan as a cellist with the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago in 1992. Walter has worked as a musician, actor, director, singer and narrator.
Tim Harris is from London. Since moving to Tokyo in 1973, he has written for numerous publications, here and abroad, and has worked as an actor, narrator, director, and diction coach for professional singers at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and elsewhere.
Brandon is from Norwich. He started his acting career with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He has worked as a professional actor on stage, screen and radio in England, America and Japan. He also has extensive experience running drama workshops with various Theatre companies.
Antun Percic is a Croatian and British actor. He has worked extensively in theatre, TV, radio and film throughout Europe, North America and Japan.
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