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TEDDY JEFFERSON is the author of One Inch Leather: 14 Stories (pendulum books), Rorschach Tempest (sedizioni), and numerous stories, essays, and plays, including The Wedding, The Desk, and The Insomniac, performed in New York, Mumbai, and Rome. 2010 NYFA Fellow, his translation of Pirandello’s However You Want Me (Come tu mi vuoi) won the PEN translation prize. His Savitri was performed in India by dancer Preeti Vasudevan, was nominated for India’s META award in 2012. Deinvention of the Wheel, a second book of stories, will be published in 2016. He teaches at the New School. His design credits include Deviant Craft for the Foundry Theater at the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, TRIBECA Lab’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant in The Frying Pan on the Hudson River.




YUKO HAMADA is the founder and president of Japan Performing Arts, Inc., and a choreographer/dancer of Japanese traditional dance, Nihonbuyo. She was a member of Takarazuka Revue Company, famous all-female theater in Japan. She would mainly perform male roles. She graduated from the dramatic writing program of Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She wrote, directed and produced three Off-Off Broadway plays “Flower of Water – two incense sticks,“ “Flower of Water 2 – awaking from two beings,“ and “Mt. Asagi.” These shows received a lot of media coverage for her unique presentation of Japanese theater arts. After the establishment of Japan Performing Arts, Inc., her pursuit of Japanese theater presentation has been evolving with wider range of venues, such as PanoramAsian dance project collaborating with Persian, Indian, Chinese and Korean dancers. This PanoramAsian dance project was invited and presented at the United Nations Headquarters. Just recently, JPA’s dance performances were presented at the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Yuko’s activities expanded even further to introduce Japanese local performing arts. Most recently, she established Kagura Preservation Society to introduce Chugoku region’s performing arts.


CThe Creative Team of Jyou en / Of Burning Desire 


Please meet the extremely talented creative team who have spent many long hours, painstakingly and creatively, bringing  the world of Jyou en to life!






DIANE SPECIOSO has been working in the Off Off Broadway theater world as a costume designer and producer for the last 25 years. She is Co-Founder of Tribeca Lab, who recently produced Poe House - an immersive improvisational new media film project on Governors Island.




ED PARADA BFA, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University Chief Creative at Shake Up Productions, a Brooklyn-based studio providing creative content and production crews for motion picture and recorded audio projects.Clients include BBC, NYU, Crew1TV, NYFA, Sony, Dinosaur Diorama, Decoupage/Samsung/Nickelodeon, Afrobeatradio, Sing Like You Speak, and many more.

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