Southeast Theatre Alumna Takes Skills Home to Japan

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Experience in theatre can lead to unique and extraordinary careers in the entertainment industry. For Southeast Missouri State University alumna Yukiko Tachibana, her love of the arts led to a career with Live Nation Entertainment Company in Tokyo, Japan.

Tachibana is the finance director for Live Nation Japan, a company promoting concerts in Japan by foreign artists such as Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Madonna. Live Nation operates across many areas in Asia, including mainland China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.

Tachibana’s job involves working with the accounting, finance, human resources, administrative and legal departments.

“Live Nation is the only international promoting company in Japan,” said Tachibana. “I like working at an international company and I hope to work in the entertainment industry for a long time.”

Although working in the entertainment industry has its challenges, including finding and reserving venues for performances, Tachibana says her work is exciting and that she  enjoys the opportunity to observe performers backstage from behind the scenes.

“Every time that I go to backstage of a show we promote, I remember my precious time at Southeast and in the theatre,” she said.

As a 1987 Southeast graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and a minor in French, Tachibana had the opportunity to form bonds with students and faculty that made her experience in America a memorable one. She is still in touch with some of the faculty who she worked with as a student.

“The students and the faculty were very kind to the foreign students,” she said “The theatre students and faculty are very close and I had a great time in my theatre classes and in the scene shop.”

Tachibana said that getting involved with theatrical productions at Southeast has helped her to get to where she is today in her career.

“I was involved in every production. Those good memories encouraged me in my work in Tokyo,” she said.