Famous Theatre Directors from Japan

List of notable or famous theatre directors from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top theatre directors born in Japan and even some popular theatre directors who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese theatre directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These theatre directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known theatre director from Japan is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Nachi Nozawa and Gorō Naya.

This historic theatre directors from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese theatre directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous theatre directors from Japan?" These prominent theatre directors of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese theatre directors.

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  • Akaji Maro (麿 赤児, Maro Akaji, born February 23, 1943) is a Japanese actor, Butoka, and theater director.
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: Japan, Kanazawa
  • Akihiro Maruyama (丸山 明宏, Maruyama Akihiro), better known by his stage name Akihiro Miwa (美輪 明宏, Miwa Akihiro), is a Japanese singer, actor, director, composer, author and drag queen.
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Japan, Nagasaki
  • Akihisa Kanai
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    Akihisa Kanai

    Akihisa Kanai is a film producer.
  • Ayumu Saito is an actor.
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Kushiro, Japan
  • Gorō Naya
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    Gorō Naya (納谷悟朗, Naya Gorō, November 17, 1929 – March 5, 2013) was a Japanese actor, voice actor, narrator and theatre director from Hakodate, Hokkaidō. He was a drop-out of the legal education division of Ritsumeikan University. He was connected to Theatre Echo. He was the older brother of actor and voice actor Rokurō Naya. He was the husband of actress and voice actress Kachiko Hino He is best known for providing the voice of Inspector Kōichi Zenigata in the Lupin III franchise and for dubbing over the voices of actors Clark Gable, Charlton Heston and John Wayne in the Japanese-language editions of their films. He died on March 5, 2013, at age 83, due to chronic respiratory failure. He ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1929-2013)
    • Birthplace: Japan, Hakodate
  • Kazuo Kumakura
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    Kazuo Kumakura (熊倉 一雄, Kumakura Kazuo, January 30, 1927 – October 12, 2015) was a Japanese actor, voice actor, and theatre director. He was the head of the Theatre Echo agency at the time of his death.
    • Age: 95
    • Birthplace: Minato, Japan