Katsura Sunshine was born in Toronto Canada and holds Slovenian citizenship as well as Canadian.

He began in entertainment as a playwright, composer, and producer of musical theatre, and his musical Clouds ran for 15 months in Toronto’s Poor Alex Theatre and toured Canada.

In 2008 he became the 15th apprentice to the great Rakugo Master Katsura Bunshi VI, from whom he received the name Katsura Sunshine.

Sunshine was the first ever Western Rakugo-ka in the Kamigata tradition (Osaka / Kyoto) and only the second in Japanese history, after his predecessor Kairakute Burakku a hundred years before.

Sunshine has toured over 5 continents performing in 3 languages (Japanese, English, and French).

He made his London West End debut and New York Off-Broadway debut in 2017 for three-week runs in both cities. His open-ended run Off-Broadway at the famous New World Stages stopped at six months, interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and has since reopened once again.

Sunshine divides his time between Tokyo and New York, London, and Toronto.

Katsura Sunshine will appear on Friday. He will appear on a panel and will have a free meet and greet for 30 minutes after his panel.

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