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Naoko Maeshiba


Naoko Maeshiba is a native of Kobe, Japan. Drawing from her extensive background in both Asian and Western dance/theatre forms, she has been directing, choreographing, and performing multidisciplinary works within and outside of the U.S. Her work ranges from site-specific improvisational pieces in collaboration with musicians and visual artists to tightly choreographed full-evening pieces in theatre. Her performance style is described as “imaginative” and “enigmatic, “ which offers “a challenging theatrical experience” (Honolulu Star Bulletin March 30, 1998). Her work “defies categorization” (Baltimore Sun June 10, 2004) and “provides unusual, almost exotic, entertainment” which “takes us on journeys into new worlds” (Washington Times May 12, 2001).

Most recently, she choreographed/directed/danced in The Voyage (Baltimore Theatre Project), Spring that has gone too long (Warehouse Gallery, DC), Communitas (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum), and Streamscape -Gyroscope Project (Hirshhorn Museum). Her other credits include dancing in Ancient Greenland and Ancient Women directed/choreographed by Min Tanaka (Hakushu, Japan), Southwest Project directed by Rebecca Rice (Arena Stage’s Downstairs), Fish in the Garden directed/choreographed by Fritz Ludin of Dances We Dance (Honolulu, HI), assistant directing Ohta Shogo in Water Station III (Singapore, Tokyo), and directing Kobo Abe’s The Green Stockings (Tsunami Theatre Company, DC). She currently serves as an assistant professor of theatre arts at Towson University , the artistic director of Naoko Maeshiba Performance Collective (, and the co-artistic director of Tsunami Theatre Company. She will be directing/choreographing The Other Shore by Gao Xingjian for Towson University’s theatre arts department in November.
Naoko Maeshiba