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Naomi Ikegami / Biography

y1994 z
She began studying improv under Ms. Lynn Pierce.
y1995z
She studied under Mr. Dennis Cahill (Loose Moose Theatre).
y1998z
She studied under Mr. Keith Johnstone.
She went to Chicago by herself and joined gSummer Intensiveh by Improv Olympic.
She studied under Ms. Charna Halpern.
In the same year, she played on Loose Moose Theatre Companyfs gMicetro Improh.
y1999z
She performed at gThe Big Stinkin' International Improv Festivalh in Austin, Texas and got gThe Del Close Awardh.
After receiving the prize, she performed in SAKfs gInternational TheatreSports Tournamenth in Orlando, Florida and came in 2nd place.
She also performed at gThe Playground Theaterh in Chicago, Illinois.
y2000z
She performed at gThe Chicago Improv Festival (CIF)h and gThe New York Improv Festivalh.
y2001z
She performed at gThe CIF Main Stage Showh.
She established ImproJapan Inc.
y2002z
She performed in New York (gUpright Citizens Brigadeh), Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In the same year, she performed in New York as a member of gYellow Man Grouph. She also performed at gThe CIF Main Stage Showh again. She even performed at gThe Laugh Festivalh in New Zealand.
y2003z
She performed in gBATS Improv Theatreh in San Francisco. She performed Seattle and San Francisco as a member of gYellow Man Grouph.
Impro Japan hosted "The 1st Tokyo Impro Festival".
y2004z
She performed at gRed Dragon in Chicagohdirected by Jonathan Pitts, as a guest performer.
She performed in BATSf gMicetro Improh.
She joined gThe 1st International Theatresports Institutefs conferenceh.
y2005z
She performed at gThe Spontaneity Shoph in London as a guest.
y2006z
She became an Artistic Associate of the CIF.
y2007z
She performed at the CIF as a member of gNeXT IMPRO THEATREh.
Impro Japan hosted gThe 2nd Tokyo Impro Festivalhand she was a general director of the TIF.
On this year, Impro Japan invited Mr. Shawn Kinley, Ms. Deborah Frances White and Improv Boston to Tokyo.
y2008z
Improv Boston came to Tokyo again.
y2009z
She performed at the CIFfs gInternational Jamh, gShow caseh and gNight Owl ? Solo Improvh. She also joined gCIF Women's Panel Discussionh as a panelist.
In this year, she performed in Boston with Impro Japan.
y2010z
Impro Japan hosted gThe 3rd Tokyo Impro Festivalhand she was a general director of the TIF.
y2011z
Impro Japan hosted gThe 4th Tokyo Impro Festivalhand she was a general director of the TIF.
y2012z
Impro Japan hosted gThe 5th Tokyo Impro Festivalhand she was a general director of the TIF.


Other performers

@Masato Irioka
He started improv in 1994. He participated in gthe Big Stinkin Festivalh as a member of gGalacuta Excite Theatreh and he won gthe Del Close awardh in 1999. On the same year, he also won the second in Floridafs gTheatre Sportsh. He played abroad such as United States, Canada and New Zealand as a member of gYellow Man Grouph, gNeXT IMPRO THEATREh and gimph. He is also known as a clown with a reputation of physical performance. He is one of gheaven artistsh who is authorized by Tokyo Metropolitan government to perform on streets.

@Momori Akiyama
She appeared on Floridafs gTheatre Sportsh in 1999 as an improv pianist. Her melody which brings out performersf emotions made excellent reputation even from foreign musicians. She is a musical composer and she can play any style of music. She also creates many improv music games. With her high artistic performance, the gimph fs live show is now receiving good notices.

@Keita Kawazoi
He is a main member of gImpro Japanh as an improviser and a workshop teacher. He also appeared as a improv musician in gChicago Improv festivalh in 2007 Since he uses unique physical expression, he has many fans He appeared in all Impro Japanfs improv festivals and he shows us wonderful development and challenge every time.



@Daisuke Noma
He is a main member of gImpro Japanh and is playing improv since 2003. He also appeared in gImpro World Cuph and gTokyo Impro Festivalh and won gTheatre Sportsh and gMaestroh on gImpro Mini Festival. As a bilingual improviser, he appeared in gChicago Improv festivalh in 2007, 2009 and Impro Japan performance in Boston in 2009. Now, he is a regular on the monthly improv show in Tokyo, gNeXT IMPRO THEATREh.

@Kenfichi Tada
He is a member of gImpro Japanh and he has been performing He won gTheatre Sportsh on gImpro Mini Festivalh in 2008. He plays various characters from a piece of furniture to human being. Since he has good command of English, he is on friendly terms with foreign players. He appeared in gChicago Improv festivalh and Impro Japan performance in Boston in 2009.

@Tadaaki Nakashima
He is a member of gImpro Japanh. He won gTheatre Sportsh on gImpro Mini Festivalh in 2008 Since he is an improviser with a powerful personality, he has many fans He also has the experience of a scriptwriter, a director and an actor In 2009, he appeared in gChicago Improv festivalh and Impro Japan performance in Boston. Now, he is a regular on the monthly improv show in Tokyo, gNeXT IMPRO THEATREh.

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