Yuri Kinugawa
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  • Tokyo
  • Japan
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Where do you live and work? (City)
Tokyo and Auckland
Professional Skills
Acting, Improvisation, Drama and Theatre, Academic Education, Theatre history.
What is your main interest in this network?
Education, Social, Networking, Finding Partnerships, Improv Resources
What kind of person are you?
What kinds of improv-related services are you involved in?
Teambuilding, Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Life Skills, Character Development, Presentation Skills, Communcation
Share a favorite 'improv epiphany'
Impro is Zen.
More about you: (Short Bio or any other details you'd like people to know)
Yuri Kinugawa is the Founder and Director of Impro Works (the longest-running improvisational theater company in Japan) and Yellow Man Group of Tokyo, Japan.

Her experience includes a BA in Theatre and Drama and Master of Drama in Auckland University(First honors). She studied improvisation with Keith Johnstone and since 1996, has been teaching, performing, and developingtraining programs using improvisation skills. She created the program Business Impro Training™ to build Life/Business Skills through Improvisation. She advises and works with many organizations, throughout Japan,businesses, non-profit organisations, human services, government, health care, schools and Universities on the use of creativity. Yuri is also a special Staff Member for Coaches Training Institutes Japan, and part of the Co-Active Leadership Program in Japan. Under her guidance coaches in these programmes conduct over 200 workshopsevery year. Her international experience includes invitations as a professional improv performer and teacher to America, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Her approach to teaching is full of fun and joy aiming to peel off peoples fears to find and show their own truths. This is why Japanese people respond enthusiastically to her workshops. Currently she is training trainers, facilitators and teachers in the use of improv skills in their own work.

She is the author of Impro Game, the first book about improvisation in Japan, and she published 4 books about improvisation and theatre. She is writing her fifth book focusing on Zen and Impro.

She is also a professional actress. She won Best Actress 1998 Stockholm International Film Festival and Best Foreign Performer 1998 New Zealand Film Award for her role as Sayo in Memory & Desire (Best New Zealand Film1998) Director Niki Caro New Zealand.

Yuri believes that impro training can guide people to freedom and the meaning of life. And always it must to be tasty and fun!
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How did you hear about this network?
from my friends

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At 12:53pm on September 26, 2012, Asaf Ronen said…

Good to see you, Yuri! Love ya much!

At 10:48pm on September 24, 2012, Gary Schwartz said…

Yuri, So good to meet you too.

we must stay in touch.


At 1:52pm on January 7, 2010, Devin Harkness said…
Happy New year to you too! I hope life is treating you well, and that you are doing lots of fun acting and improv, and that The Bansai Twins are kicking ass! I miss you and I am sure our paths will cross again someday soon..
At 8:45pm on July 24, 2009, Patti Stiles said…
Hi Yuri,

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. Life has been full! You would understand that you globe trotting goddess. Hope to catch up with you somewhere along the way. xo Patti
At 10:17am on March 13, 2009, Richard PINEAULT said…
i'll send a mail very soon to Guido
At 9:12am on March 9, 2009, Richard PINEAULT said…
i Yuri, thank you also for the Facebook link, when are you suppose to be in France this year and especially in Paris, if it does happen ?
At 1:08am on March 1, 2009, Yuri Kinugawa said…
Hi Richard,
No worries!
I hope you will see our show some day!
At 5:45am on September 26, 2008, Yuri Kinugawa said…
Hi Guido!
Yes, our new project has been going very well.
I think we can tell you more detail about it and show you the image photos.
Well see!
At 5:22am on September 26, 2008, Guido Roerick said…
Hey, Yuri! Great to see you here! How is your new production working out? Guido
At 5:05am on September 26, 2008, Yuri Kinugawa said…
Hello everybody!
I was a member of AIN in the old web site and
I realiesd the site was renewaled and I am not in the list.
That was why I applied it again.

Anyway, I am really happy to go back this community!



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