Mariko Anno is a bilingual Japanese American from Chicago. She is Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and a former Toyota Visiting Professor (2018-19) at the University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies. Anno holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research explores the musical aspects of traditional and contemporary Noh.
On scholarships from the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT, Monbukagakushô) and Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation, Anno spent several years researching Noh in Tokyo. She is a specialist in the nohkan (Noh flute) and well versed in the musical aspects of Noh including kotsuzumi (shoulder drum), ôtsuzumi (hip drum), taiko (stick drum), shimai (dance), and utai (chant). Her research examines the creative processes in transforming Japanese Noh into English language productions and analyzing the text-music relationship of the two disparate languages. She is a member of the English noh troupe, Theatre Nohgaku, and has performed with them in Japan, China, Hong Kong, and the U.S.
Anno has taught courses in ethnomusicology at Lake Forest College, and Japanese music and theatre at Rikkyo University and University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo. She is a certified American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) teacher. She trained under Joan and Alexander Murray at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique, and has taught Alexander Technique in the U.S. and Japan since 2006.