Amon Miyamoto


Director / Artistic Director

Born in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, Miyamoto has been involved in Japanese traditional dance, tea ceremony and Japanese fine arts since his early childhood. He became interested in musicals when he visited New York at the age of 21, and he later made his debut as a director with an original musical "I Got Merman", which portrayed Broadway star Ethel Merman’s life. He received the National Arts Festival Prize (the most prestigious directing award in Japan) with this musical.

Other credits include "Anything Goes", "Candide", "Into The Woods", "Sweeney Todd", "Take Flight", "The Threepenny Opera", "Sunday in the Park with George", and "Grey Gardens".

In 2001, he directed "I Got Merman" for the Stanford Center in Connecticut. His production of "Pacific Overtures" premiered in the U.S. at Lincoln Center Festival in 2002. Then in 2004, he became the first Asian ever to direct a Broadway musical when he directed "Pacific Overtures" at Studio 54, which received four TONY award nominations. In 2009, he served as a director of the 150th anniversary of Opening of Yokohama Port and invited the Emperor and Empress of Japan. In 2010, he directed "The Fantasticks", which opened at the Duchess Theater on West End, London. As for original works, he directed an original musical version of "The Nutcracker", composed by Michael John LaChiusa in Tokyo in 2001, and he conceived and directed a new musical "Up in the Air", composed by Henry Krieger, which premiered at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 2008.

As for straight plays, he directed "Mary Stuart", "Camille" and "Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love". As an actor, he played Gregor Samsa in Steven Berkoff’s production of "Metamorphosis". Miyamoto also directed many operas in Japan such as "The Marriage of Figaro", "Don Giovanni", "Cosi fan Tutte" and "La Traviata". In 2007, he directed Tan Dun’s contemporary opera "TEA: A Mirror of Soul", which premiered at the Santa Fe Opera. This opera was also presented at the Opera Company of Philadelphia in 2010 with Tan Dun himself as a conductor, and at Vancouver Opera in 2013.

In 2010, Miyamoto was inaugurated as the first Artistic Director of the Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT) in Yokohama, Japan, and served until 2014. As an opening project of the new theatre, he turned a famous novel by Yukio Mishima into a play: "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion", which was officially invited to the Lincoln Center Festival in July 2011. It was recently remounted in Tokyo in April 2014.

In 2012, Miyamoto directed a musical "THE WIZ" in September and a neo-opera "Madame Butterfly X" in November. In 2013, he directed "Hoichi the Earless" in April, and a KABUKI piece "Hanasaka Jiisan" (Ebizo Ichikawa's independent production) as well as "iSAMU" (based on the life of Isamu Noguchi) in August. In September, Miyamoto made his European debut in Austria with a new production of Mozart's "Magic Flute" (world premiere) as part of LANDESTHEATER LINZ's season opening. It will also be presented in Japan in July 2015. His latest project "Merrily We Roll Along" opened in Tokyo in November 2013. Upcoming productions include a non-verbal performance "Tee! Tee! Tee! – Next Stage" in Okinawa in July 2014. In December 2014, he will direct musical "Two Gentlemen in Verona" at Nissei Theatre in Tokyo and "THE WIZ" will be revival at Tokyo International Forum Hall C in Mar.2015.

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