Teaching Philosophy

Ricky’s philosophy focuses on two points to help students learn: 1) Experimentation of texts and ideas. 2) Play with base understanding in the background. 

Murasaki focuses on how to make the text/work relatable, understandable and enjoyable through various methods of experimentation and play. 

Murasaki’s goal as a teacher is making sure that the students have a basis for understanding. Once they have the basis, they are then able to experiment on this basis. From experimentation, they are able to grow and experience from the basis. Finally, he wants to make sure that they have a chance to “discover play” or explore their interests within the basis.

Murasaki feels that it is important for the student to have a chance to work on output or experimentation with the basis as a guide. For example: in acting classes or character development classes, the instructor gives the students the majority of the class time to workshop different scenes, improv scenarios or monologues. Of course the instructor watches the students carefully and gives them feedback where necessary, but the majority of class time is left to allow the students to experiment with the script or prompt while the instructor does necessary scaffolding.

Murasaki thinks that learning anything can be done in a similar format. He believes that the students need to use the things that they’ve heard or learned in context. Murasaki also believes that the same kind of experimentation done in acting classes is needed in both ESL and public speaking training. Murasaki focuses on how to bring relatability and excitement to both lesson types by focusing on experimentation AND play. 

Play is the final major key in Murasaki’s philosophy. By “play” Murasaki means just that. Playing improv games, singing songs, doing art, playing board games or even having a chance to talk in character (whether working on theatre, ESL or public speaking) is a gateway to helping bring the material and personality of the student to life and to help students put their ideas and the lessons into an understandable and useful context. 

As a Teaching Artist, Murasaki’s focus is to help students think and act independently as they create poetry, adapt Shakespeare, write music, develop characters. He also focuses on helping students overcome public speaking issues like “stage fright” and proper pacing & projection.

Murasaki knows that play and discovering play is a gateway to opening the curiosity of students both young and old, in the US and in Japan. He believes that he can help you and your team discover your very own mode of play.

Murasaki’s Sungeki Theatre Group, LLC. hopes to help businesses, schools and underprivileged communities find their voices through play, public speaking and theatre. Please have a look at some of the programs offered by Sungeki Theatre Group, LLC. below.