​Our History (私たちの歴史)


Nanase Kusano





 Theatre Banana was founded on July  in 2012 at New York City. The founder , Nanase arrived at USA the earlier of the year following her husband's assignment . She thought her long time wish to create Children's Theatre should be fulfilled when her daugher turned 1 year old. When she declared it on facebook, two friends Hiroko and Makiko responded to join. 




 Our storytelling is an interactive process with the children, using music, songs and dance. Young participants exercise their imagination, enrich their senses, and nourish their creative spirit, and above all have a lot of fun! We are bilingual in Japanese and English, and perform in the language(s) that best suits our given audience. Our young audience and their families have enjoyed our shows not only in theaters, but also in libraries, preschools, hospitals, and in private events.




 Original works we have performed in New York include "A-Banana-Ka-Dabra", "Boo's Forest", and the adaptation of "Restaurant of Many Orders" by Kenji Miyazawa for toddlers. We had the opportunity to work closely with the Japan Society's Department of Education and Family Programs over the past few years, and produced “The Musical Momotaro”, “Story of Star-Festival - Love Story of Orihime and Hikoboshi" and took part in the Kamishibai Storytelling (paper-theatre) on numerous occasions at the Japan Society. 




On March 2016, following Nanase's retern to Japan, Theatre Banana spreads its activity to Japan and US. Our dream is to launch Japan-US collabalative art project. Not only in two countries but someday we wish to deliver our shows in many other countries.









2013 at The Central Park in New York City

2013 at Japan Society in New York City

2015 at The Central Park in New York City