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Entries in Japan (4)


Ashizawa, Izumi (Japan/USA)

Izumi Ashizawa is a Japanese playwright/director/actor who is an artistic director of Izumi Ashizawa Performance since 2002.

Her original plays have been produced both nationally and internationally, including The Blue Rocks (presented in New York, Connecticut, Romania, Japan, and Iran), Zahak (presented in Iran, Slovenia, and Romania), Minotaur (presented in Maryland, and Iran), Gilgamesh (presented in Florida, Chicago, Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut, and Slovenia), La Morte de la Fontaine (presented in Australia), Asajigahara (presented in the Cayman Island), Volund (presented in Norway), Bakeneko Kyosokyoku (presented in Russia), Haoma and the Warrior (presented in Iran), and iKilL (presented in Bulgaria and Washington DC).

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Mizusawa, Ken (New Zealand / Singapore)

Ken Mizusawa is Japanese by birth, a New Zealand playwright by nature and a Singapore civil servant by way of the teaching profession. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, where he teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the English Language and Literature Academic Group. He writes plays for young people and his works have been staged in Singapore and New Zealand.


Nishida, Toyoko (Japan)

Born in 1948, Toyoko Nishida is a Japanese playwright and theatre director for young audiences. After her first theatre piece A Little Flame Fantasy, she has written and directed a number of performances, including classical works such as operettas and new “Kyogen” pieces. She teaches dramaturgy and performing arts for the young at university. She has realized several intercultural collaboration projects with South Korean and UK companies, amongst others.


Tawada, Yoko (Germany, Japan)

Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960 and studied literature (main subject: Russian literature) in Japan. She has been living in Germany since 1982, completing a doctorate in Modern German Literature with Sigrid Weigel in Hamburg. Yoko Tawada writes essays, prose, plays for the theatre, radio plays and poetry in German and Japanese. She has received many awards, including the Goethe Medal in 2005. During 2011, Yoko Tawada has held a guest professorship for intercultural poetry in Hamburg.

In her second children’s play, Mein kleiner Zeh war immer ein Wort, written for the Flensburg theatre workshop Pilkentafel, Yoko Tawada develops ever new worlds from the letters of the alphabet. It was nominated for the German Children’s Theatre Prize 2010 and also for the KinderStückePreis 2011.