Toshiki Okada / Playwright, Director, Novelist
Born in Yokohama in 1973. Playwright / Director. He formed the theater company chelfitsch in 1997. Since then he has written and directed all of the company's productions, practicing a distinctive methodology for creating plays, and has come to be known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography. In 2005, his play “Five Days in March” won the prestigious 49th Kishida Kunio Drama Award. He participated in Toyota Choreography Award 2005 with “Air Conditioner (Cooler)” (2005), garnering much attention. His collection of short stories titled "The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed" was published in February 2007 and awarded the Oe Kenzaburo Prize. He has been on the judging panel for the Kishida Kunio Drama Award since 2012. In 2013, his first book on theatrology was published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha. He has widened the sphere of his activity to art exhibitions as well. He displayed a video installation titled "Four Unremarkable Things You See at Train Stations" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2014, handled curation duties for some of the exhibition space for a special exhibit at the same museum in 2015, and produced new works for the 2016 Saitama Triennale. Meanwhile, he is engaged in the creation of works by the new technique of "video theater." He was in charge of the script and direction for "Wakatta-san no Kukki" in the children's program at the Kanagawa Arts Theater in the early part of 2015. In the same year, he staged "God Bless Baseball," his first play based on Japanese-Korean collaboration, as the opening program at the Asian Culture Center, the biggest cultural complex in all of Asia, in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. In 2016, he prepared and staged "in a silent way" as a performance project jointly with dancer and choreographer Mirai Moriyama under the curation of Yuko Hasegawa at the Setouchi Triennale. In the same year, he began a commission to direct works in a repertory program at the Munich Kammerspiele, one of foremost public theaters in Germany, for three consecutive seasons.