Laurence Kominz is a Professor of Japanese at Portland State University. Dr. Kominz is a student and performer of nihon buyô and kyôgen, and directs student productions of kyôgen and kabuki. Kominz teaches courses in Japanese language, literature, drama, and film, and he also directs fully realized kyôgen and kabuki plays in English. Most recent among them was The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai in 2016. Dr. Kominz’ most recent book is Mishima on Stage: The Black Lizard and Other Plays.