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Arisa Yura


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Arisa Yura is a Japanese Australian actor, voice over artist, writer, director and taiko drummer working extensively across theatre, film and television. Arisa immigrated with her family to Australia when she was ten years old.

Last November, Arisa has performed a reading of Retro Horror Radio: Live Ghost Story at Japan Foundation and Art Gallery of NSW along with Japanese Australian musician Terumi Narushima. Arisa is a co-presenter in Happy Family Plan educational video teaching Japanese language and culture with Shingo Usami.

Arisa has performed at various arts festivals around Australia, touring to Darwin, Broome and Adelaide with the show, Yasukichi Murakami: Through A Distant Lens by Mayu Kanamori. She was active in its development from early on and has continued to develop and adapt the piece over three years. The show had its Sydney premiere at Griffin Theatre Company in 2015 and enjoyed further success with a 2016 remount at Parramatta Riverside.

Arisa wrote and performed her first one woman play, Confessions of A Custard Melon Pan at Sydney Fringe Festival 2019, where the play received two Sydney Fringe Award nominations: Best Theatre and NIDA Standout Actor. It was inspired by her reverse culture shock of being a Japanese girl who grew up in Australia arriving back in Japan – she has developed two incarnations of the show; one in Japanese and one in English.  

Arisa has just co-directed, co-devised and performed in Night Parade of One Hundred Goblins co-presented by Clockfire Theatre Company and Art Gallery of NSW for Sydney Festival 2020.

Her film acting debut, Ballard of the Praying Mantis was selected for 2002 Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival and was also a winner of SBS Eat Carpet Award.

Other notable acting credits include; Nippon Memories (NIDA) Dir. Sachiko Tange, The Japanese Princess (Lyric Opera) Dir. Miki Oikawa and Lifestyle Cafe (Foxtel) Dir. Andrea Del Bosco

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