Za Koenji Public Theatre

Za Koenji Public Theatre is a theatre for contemporary performing arts. The theatre is funded by the city of Suginami in Tokyo and managed by Creative Theatre Network (CTN), a non-profit organization led by president Ren Saito. The theatre produces, presents and supports a wide range of cultural activities for the community of Suginami, enabling people of all ages to see and take part in many art forms from drama and dance to music and storytelling.

Director and playwright Makoto Sato, is the Artistic Director. His vision is for ZA-KOENJI to become a forum or Agora; a meeting point where the communities of Suginami can come together with local, national and international artists.


Za Koenji 1, Main Auditorium An exciting flexible flat space, allowing a range of different stage and seating configurations with a capacity of 230.

Za Koenji 2, Civic Hall A 250 - 300 seater conventional theatre space with fixed raked seating, and suitable for drama performances, dance, concerts, conferences or lectures.

AWAODORI HALL, Studio Theatre A space mainly dedicated to “Koenji Awa Odori” but which may have additional use as a rehearsal or workshop space, and for hire to amateur companies.

Archive The Za Koenji archive holds published plays, scripts and other materials relating to contemporary Japanese theatre.

Cafe Henri Fabre A welcoming and comfortable cafe which can also be used as a venue for drama readings, lectures and children’s activities.

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