Naoko Maeshiba is a director, a choreographer, and a performer from Kobe, Japan. Maeshiba received her M.F.A. in Directing/Asian Performance from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Before she began teaching at Towson, she worked at Arena Stage as a directing fellow, ran Tsunami Theatre Company in DC as the co-artistic director/director, and founded Naoko Maeshiba/Kibism (a.k.a. Naoko Maeshiba Performance Collective), an on-going performance lab that investigates the depth of the body. Her solo and ensemble works have been presented in both traditional and non-traditional venues in North America, Europe, and Japan including Joyce Soho (NY), Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (DC), Dance Place (DC), Theatre of Yugen (SF), Warehouse Gallery (DC), Red Room (MD), M25 (Warsaw, Poland), Theatre Jo (Tabor, Czech Republic), and Dance Hakushu (Hakushu, Japan). Amongst her recent works are directing Kaspar by Peter Handke (Main Stage, Towson University, MD), choreographing for Three Sisters (Bell Foundry, Baltimore, MD), conceiving/creating/performing a solo show KAWATOKAWA [river/skin] (Baltimore Theatre Project, MD), and performing the feature role in a full noh play, Atsumori (Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, PA). Currently, she is working on a new play, You for Me for You by Mia Chung as a choreographer at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in DC.
She has received individual artist grants in theatre direction from D.C. Commissions on Arts and Humanities and NEA, Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project award, Metro DC Dance Award for excellence in sound design, and individual artist awards in choreography and solo performance from Maryland State Arts Council.
As an educator, she teaches Directing, Ensemble Theatre Lab, Essential Body and graduate courses at Towson University and has led workshops and classes at various organizations and festivals such as Joy of Motion (DC), Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst (MA), Shakespeare Theatre's Southeast Project (DC), Dance Exchange (DC), and Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HI). She is a member of Lincoln Center's Director's Lab and Theatre Nohgaku. Maeshiba is also a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. For more information on her work, please visit www.naokibi.com.