|Official Promotion, 2014|
Engeki Joshibu (演劇女子部; Women's Theater Club), also known as Gekijyo (劇女), is a Hello! Project acting club created at the end of 2013. The first production by Engeki Joshibu took place in March 2014.
Like Takarazuka, its productions include an all female cast playing roles of either gender. Historically, Engeki Joshibu has had members from all current Hello! Project groups as well as some Hello! Project OG members and girls solely a part of Engeki Joshibu through audition. Since Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa, productions have also included actresses unaffiliated with UP-FRONT GROUP in their casts, such as former Takarasiennes.
Sudo Maasa of Berryz Koubou was appointed as playing manager of the acting club in March of 2015. She has appeared in only six productions since becoming playing manager, and has also directed one of them.
- Engeki Joshibu
- Morning Musume '18
- Tsubaki Factory
- Hello Pro Kenshuusei
- Other UP-FRONT GROUP Talent
- The following people or groups within Hello! Project no longer participate in Engeki Joshibu:
- From Morning Musume '18
- 12th Gen: Ogata Haruna (graduating on June 20, 2018)
- Sayashi Riho
- From Country Girls
- Inaba Manaka
- The following people or groups graduated from Hello! Project and decided to longer participate in Engeki Joshibu:
- Berryz Koubou
- From Morning Musume
- 10th Gen: Kudo Haruka
- From ANGERME
- 1st Gen: Fukuda Kanon
- The following people outside of Hello! Project no longer actively participate with Engeki Joshibu:
- The following people left Hello! Project and cut ties with UP-FRONT PROMOTION:
- Note: Dates indicate the day of the first showing and the day of the final showing
- [2014.03.14 - 2014.03.23] Bokutachi Karen na Shounen Gasshoudan
- [2014.05.12 - 2014.05.16] Sengoku Jieitai
- [2014.06.05 - 2014.06.21] LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-
- [2014.10.04 - 2014.10.13] SMILE FANTASY!
- [2014.11.19 - 2014.11.24] Musical Koisuru Hello Kitty
- [2015.03.26 - 2015.04.05] Week End Survivor
- [2015.06.18 - 2015.06.28] TRIANGLE
- [2015.10.08 - 2015.10.18] Thank You Very Berry
- [2016.03.25 - 2016.04.03] Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru!
- [2016.06.11 - 2016.06.26] Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
- [2016.10.01 - 2016.10.10] MODE
- [2016.11.03 - 2016.11.20] Nega Poji Poji
- [2017.06.02 - 2017.06.11] Pharaoh no Haka
- [2017.10.05 - 2017.10.15] Yumemiru Television
- [2017.10.26 - 2017.11.12] Bokutachi Karen na Shounen Gasshoudan (revival)
- [2017.11.27 - 2017.12.03] Ichimai no Ticket ~Beatles ga Yattekuru!~
- The acting club was announced on the opening day of Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~GOiSU MODE~.
- The "Engeki Joshibu Project Auditions" were held in 2014 to bring in girls to the club that were not involved in Hello! Project. Those that passed would be cast in SMILE FANTASY!. BS-TBS producer Tamon Niwa Andrew welcomed anyone who could sing, dance, or act as well as those without experience.
- Tsugunaga Momoko was the only member of Berryz Koubou and Country Girls to have not starred in an Engeki Joshibu musical.
- ℃-ute was the only group to have never starred in an Engeki Joshibu musical.
- As of June 2017, all Engeki Joshibu productions are musicals.
- ^ ^ Before Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa, Ikuta Erina and Iikubo Haruna had never starred in an Engeki Joshibu musical and had only contributed VTR roles in TRIANGLE.
- ^ Formerly known as S/mileage.
- ^ Both Murota Mizuki and Sasaki Rikako participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members prior to joining ANGERME. As of August 2015, all 3rd generation members participated in a special LILIUM reunion production as part of the BS-TBS Kaikyoku 15 Shuunen Tokubetsu Kikaku COOL JAPAN ~DOU~.
- ^ Yamaki Risa participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member prior to joining Country Girls.
- ^ ^ ^ Hamaura Ayano, Taguchi Natsumi and Nomura Minami have participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members prior to their unit announcement on January 2, 2015.
- ^ ^ Ogata Risa and Yamagishi Riko have participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members prior to their unit announcement on April 29, 2015.
- ^ Kaga Kaede and Yokoyama Reina have participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members prior to joining Morning Musume.
- ^ Kawamura Ayano has participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member prior to joining ANGERME.
- ^ ^ ^ Morito Chisaki, Yanagawa Nanami, and Funaki Musubu have participated in an Engeki Joshibu musical as Country Girls members before joining their new main groups in June 2017.
- ^ As of December 2017, Kudo has graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, but remains with UP-FRONT GROUP which makes it unknown if she will continue performing on stage with the club.