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TIP Reads

21 May 2010 Written by

Designed for a casual, intimate setting, TIP Reads is a great way to hear new or noteworthy works read aloud. It's also the perfect place for a budding thespian still too shy to audition, to get to read a role. TIP Reads rotates locations and combines play reading with potluck and friendship. Depending on the size of the venue, attendance may be limited to first come first served. Please use our CONTACT PAGE to request more information, or refer to the EVENTS PAGE to find out when the next TIP Reads is scheduled.

TIP Youth

21 May 2013 Written by




We are proud to announce the dates for our seventh youth program.

TIP Youth aims to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge and practical training in theatre and performing arts culminating in performances of a fully staged musical. We believe that the experience gained from participation in the TIP Youth program will be beneficial in many aspects of both student and future adult lives, whether they perform professionally or not. TIP Youth is more than an ‘acting school’, as it deals with performing in a production with others as well as the 'total' theatrical experience.


==Online reservations

Monday, October 10th 9:00AM open

== Our student & parent orientation

Sunday, October 23rd, 10:00AM ~ 1:00PM

**Everybody is invited to orientation, but we would especially like to ask all new parents and children to confirm their attendance for orientation.**

  • November 12th&13th, 19th&20th, 26th& 27th
  • December 3rd&4th, 10th&11th,
  • January 14th&15th, 21st& 22nd, 28th& 29th,
  • February 4th&5th, 11th&12th, 18th&19th, 25th&26th,
  • March 4th&5th, 11th&12th, 18th&19th, (3/25, 3/26 are off)
  • April 1st&2nd, 8th&9th, 15th&16th

Act 1 for students ages 8 to 12 have their rehearsals on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM.

Act 2 for students ages 13 to 17 have their rehearsals on Sundays from 9am to 1pm.

Initially all rehearsals are from 9AM to 1PM at Our Space in Hatagaya.

==Production Week

Tuesday, April 18th – Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Dress rehearsal – 4/18 (Tues) or 4/19(Weds); approximately 4:30-8:30PM, to be confirmed closer to production week

Performances - 4/20(Thurs) & 4/21(Fri) in the evening

4/22(Sat) & 4/23(Sun) matinee and evening

Students in each group will alternate performance day and time.

Workshops are given on topics such as foundation, core, voice, movement, staging, safety, tech and much more. Students learn a whole new glossary of vocabulary associated with acting and the theatre. Students develop skills like public speaking, ways to handle self-consciousness and taking pride in team achievements. TIP Youth offers students a supportive environment to experiment, try new things, make mistakes, and improve in their areas of development. They learn that through hard work, combined with their rehearsals and other fun activities, they can create a fantastic show that many others can enjoy. Students learn that it is the process as much as the end result that is important.

There are two age groups in the program. “Act 1” is for 8 to 12 year olds, and “Act 2” is for 13 to 17 year olds. Students must be 8 or older by the first rehearsal date to be admitted. Please note that as this is an English speaking program we are unable to provide support for students in Japanese. We would expect all students to be fluent or near-native speakers of English as a minimum requirement.


The full course of six months of professional level workshops, intensive production week rehearsals, plus all costs associated with the production is ¥87,000. Included in this fee are the TIP Youth t-shirt and access to professional photos.

Payment in full should be made in cash at orientation on October 23rd. Bank transfers will also be accepted.

Please note that the director’s casting decision is final and we will not be able to provide a refund in the case that a student or parent is not satisfied with the part assigned.


With very few exceptions, all TIP Youth rehearsals and events are at Our Space in Hatagaya. (2-1-1 Hatagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0072)


We look forward to seeing you at the student orientation on Sunday, October 23rd at 10AM at Our Space in Hatagaya.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Linda Polgar, the parent liaison, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


04 Jun 2014 Written by
TIP is having a fundraiser to kick off the 120th season!


TIP will be presenting a concert version of "Avenue Q: The Musical," and for one night only, the puppets are coming back out to play and ask for your donations!


As a completely volunteer-run organization, time and again we need to ask for some help from our patrons to keep going. You can donate by simply attending, sharing extra wealth, participating in the silent auction, and more.

Seating for this event is limited, so make sure to reserve your place now using our Google form:

Event Details:

When: September 9th, 2016 (Friday), 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Where: @Mandala Minami-Aoyama

Price: 5,000 yen per person, includes one drink

Tickets for this event are only available at the door on September 9th. 

Additionally, whether you can attend the event or not, you can help TIP reach our fundraising goal by contributing whatever you can right from this page. We hope you will consider donating towards this Avenue Q fundraiser by using the PayPal button below. Are you a Trekkie Monster? Thank you for helping us reach our fundraising target.


VIP seats are now sold out! We are still accepting additional donations, but cannot guarantee VIP seats as of September 9th 12AM.

Avenue Q Donations

More on Fundraising

With TIP being a 100% volunteer run organization, every bit of our profit is put right back into our productions. It is only with your help that we are able to grow our company and meet the standard of English-language theatre TIP has been producing for the last 117 years. Throughout the year we have targeted fundraisers for new equipment we need. In April 2014, the TIP community raised ¥800,000 to purchase a new system of pin mics.

Even when we aren't actively fundraising, TIP is ready to receive your donation. Please see our DONATE page for information about becoming a sponsor or a patron. And thank you for the continued financial support!

Second Stage

21 Jun 2013 Written by

TIP launched Second Stage in 2009 with the goal of providing an opportunity for artists to present new and innovative shows in intimate, creative settings, and to offer Tokyo audiences exciting new theatrical experiences different from those in the main season lineup. Presented in "black box" style, Second Stage is intimate with its smaller casts, creative venues, and playing to a limited number of patrons. It is a great place to get your feet wet in the world of theatre or try a new endeavor out, such as acting or directing.

Second Stage productions occur throughout the season placed between MainStage productions based on a number of criteria. Venues include Our Space in Hatagaya, Trance Mission Theater in Sangubashi, and other black box locations around Tokyo. See our ACCESS page for more information. 

We are always accepting proposals for Second Stage productions. If you have a production (either published or original) that you would like to produce, please apply using the following format:

In an email or attached document, please provide as much of the following information as possible: 
• Producer Name (Contact person for the TIP Second Stage Artistic Committee)
• Producer Telephone #
• Producer Email Address
• Producer Address
• Play Title 
• Author
• Description of Play (Tell us what you can about what type of play this is.)
• Synopsis of the Play
• Estimated Cast Size
• Planning Info
• Proposed Production Dates (Provide a range of dates, if possible)
• Proposed Venue
• Number of Performances (How many performances are you planning?)
• Director
• Cast
• Crew
• Other personnel
• Why do you want to do this show? Talk about your vision.
• Anything else you want us to know

Please send your completed proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for submission. You will be contacted soon thereafter to verify your application was received. If you do not hear from anyone, please let us know through our CONTACT FORM.

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