Profile of Aki ISODA
Stage actress - a play by solo performer –
Aki Isoda is a pioneer of a play solo performer in Japan. She wrote a play
"Lady Macbeth", based upon Shakespeare's work and brought it
on the stage for the first time in 1971.
Since 1980 when a BBC TV program presented her on the air, she has performed
not only in Japan but also abroad in many times, including her stage of
three running weeks at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1990.
In 1991, Isoda received the "Shakespeare-in-Japan Award" from
the Shakespeare Globe Trust in London.
In 1996, at the opening of the Globe Theatre in London, which is a reconstruction
of the Globe Theatre at the time of Shakespeare, she successively played
the two heroines of Shakespeare on the same stage in "Lady Macbeth"
(in a Western style) and "A Vision of Ophelia" (in a Japanese
In 2002, she gave the same performance at the "Teatro Olimpico"
in Vicenza, Italy, the oldest indoor theatre existing in Europe (registered
in the UNESCO World Heritage List), and in 2006 in Athens, Greece.
Also she performed Cambridge (England), Paris (France), Budapest (Hungary),
Brussels (Belgian), Singapore, Rome and Venice (Italy).
In 2010, Isoda received the "Foreign Minister’s Award" from the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan.
She is the president of Aki Isoda Institute of Recitation where she teaches
recitation with the "Isoda method" which systematizes her unique
way of vocalization and breathing.
Aki ISODA Office: 2-3-12-401, Naka-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81 (0)3 3710 6607