Yoko Shioya, Artistic Director
Futoshi Miyai, Deputy Director
Lara Mones, Program Officer
Yoko Shioya became Artistic Director of Japan Society in 2006, responsible for programming the Society's entire Performing Arts season and overseeing the Film Program. Since joining the Society in 1997 and assuming the position of Director of Performing Arts in 2003, Ms. Shioya has expanded the touring program for Japanese performing arts companies, commissions to non-Japanese artists, and collaborative projects with American cultural organizations and universities in order to introduce Japanese performing artists. She has also launched new initiatives including an artist residency project and a workshop series. Known in Japan as a writer/researcher on the public and private arts support systems in the U.S. and Japan, Ms. Shioya has been invited to speak at numerous symposia, lectures and TV programs presented by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government, Keidanren, the Academy of Cultural Economics and the Japan Council of Performers' Organizations, among others. Her first book, New York: How the City and Its Artists Coexist
, which was published by Maruzen Publishing Co. in 1998, is used widely throughout Japan as a textbook for university arts administration studies programs. Ms. Shioya has been a regular contributor to arts columns on performing arts and exhibitions for the Asahi newspaper and other publications and has served as a committee member and selection panelist for numerous programs, including The Bessie Awards, Rolex Mentor and Protégé International Program, and the Toyota Choreography Awards. Ms. Shioya holds BAs in musicology and dance history from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Futoshi Miyai received a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Osaka Prefecture in 1991 and a Master of Arts degree in arts administration from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1999. Mr. Miyai started his career as an independent stage manager for theater groups in Osaka, Japan in 1989. In 1996, he moved to New York as a Saison Foundation Fellow. Mr. Miyai has worked with Japan Society's Performing Arts Program since in 1998 as a production coordinator for presentations at Japan Society and as tour manager in the United States and Canada.