Koh Jooyoung

Arts Manager
South Korea
Independent producer
Residency: January 4–February 17, 2023

■Visiting Fellows
January 4–February 17, 2023 
Morishita Studio (Tokyo)


■Program Outline
Artistic Activities by Social Minorities in Japan
What does theater mean today? And what role should theater or art play in current society? Koh Jooyoung’s research begins with these questions. Exploring what is possible at the intersection of art and social minorities (those with disabilities, sexual minorities, disaster victims, refugees, etc.), she met and spoke with people undertaking similar socially engaged art activities in Japan. Along with broadening her own perspectives, she developed a plan for the possibilities of international partnerships in the future.


Exploring the Possibilities of Art as a Social Process through Research in Korea and Japan
Date: February 11, 2023 / 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Venue: Morishita Studio (Tokyo)
Summary: Starting from questions about what is theater and what role theater or art should play in society today, this talk introduced examples from research undertaken in South Korea on art activities involving disabled people, sexual minorities, disaster victims, refugees, and other social minorities. Koh Jooyoung also reflected on and discussed her research about people engaged in similar practices bridging society and art in Japan.


From 2006 to 2012, Koh Jooyoung worked for Korea Arts Management Service. Subsequently an independent producer, she has been involved with numerous projects with Korean and Japanese artists. With a focus on creative approaches and formats unique to the performance arts as well as topical themes, she curates and produces not only performances staged in theater venues but also site-specific works and projects that harness alternative and outdoor spaces, environments, and contexts.


The Saison Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to the following Legal Entity Support members and for their generous contributions (as of March 2022/in alphabetical order):