Short bio (Click here for full CV)
Yuko is a Japanese actress currently living in Helsinki, Finland.
Yuko received extensive education in the US and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre arts at University of Central Oklahoma (2004) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (2007). She worked as an acting apprentice at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky (2007-08). She also trained in the Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method of actor training with SITI Company in New York and Chicago. To deepen her technique, she attended the Suzuki Method training program in Toga, Japan, organized by SCOT (Suzuki Company of Toga) in 2008.
Yuko is also a student of renowned martial artist and movement coach Akira Hino. She translated one of Hino’s books “Kokoro no katachi- The Image of the Heart” in 2013.
– Acting Career (Click here for Acting Portfolio)
In Finland, Yuko has been working primarily with independent theatre company Myllyteatteri since 2009 and has performed in many of its productions such as “Saari – The Island” (2009), “Divine Comedy” (2011), and “Tapaus Gaala” (2014). Her diverse works include portraying the role of Jesus in Via Crucis (2010), performing in films: “Ohikulkija (Passerby)” (directed by Elenä Näsänen) and “Eila, Rampe, ja Likka” (directed by Taru Mäkelä), and contributing to the mixed reality game project Antroposeeni as the lead performer. Her numerous international theatre projects include Japan, Portugal (Festival de Performance e Artes da Terra 2012), Macedonia (Skupi International Theatre Festival 2012), Scotland (Edinburgh Fringe 2010), and Poland (Cricoteka 2015).
In 2017, Yuko has succeeded in realizing her international performing arts project named “Real Contact Project: Macbeth, Again!” in Helsinki, Finland. She not only played the leading roles in it but also co-written the script and coordinated the whole project. For more about Real Contact Project, click here.
Yuko has also written plays and solo performances such as “Dreams in the Closet (2014)” and “Journey of an Outsider (2012).”
– Singing (Click here for Singing Portfolio)
In 2013, Yuko won a nationwide singing competition for immigrants in Finland. Since then, her career as a musician has been blossoming. She is now the lead singer and lyricist in Elena’s Idea, a music band based in Helsinki. Elena’s Idea has published its first album in 2015.
Yuko holds a mater’s degree in theatre pedagody at Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland (2018). She also has been leading physical training sessions for performers in Helsinki, Finland since 2011. She has given workshops and courses at Ylioppilasteatteri, Ilmaisverstas, Kokkolan kaupunginteatteri, Teatteri metamorfoosi, Theatre Academy (teatterikorkeakoulu), and Kulttuurikeskus Caisa. She has also taught at TeaK Open University and Työväen akatemia in Kauniainen.
She also has been involved in various projects in collaboration with the department of Acting in Swedish at Theatre Academy. Click here to read her blog about them.