Toshiki Okada

Toshiki Okada, born in Yokohama in 1973, is stage director and author. In 1997 he founded the theater group chelfitsch. His works deal with cultural upheaval and their social ramifications, especially in a Japan marked by consumption and economic constraints. His productions with his chelfitsch company have been honored with several awards. The production “Five Days in March” (2005) was granted the renowned 49th Kishida Drama Award. “Air Conditioner” (2005) attracted great attention at the Toyota Choreography Award. From 2006 to 2007 he served as manager for “Summit”, an annual theater festival which is organized by the Komaba Agora Theater in Tokyo. Recent productions of the chelfitsch company, such as “Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and the Farewell Speech” (2009), “Current Location” (2012) and “Ground and Floor” (2013), have regularly been staged in Europe, as well as lately “Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich” (2014) at the festival Theater der Welt in Mannheim. Okada also presents his works in numerous art centers and museums.
As author he not only writes the texts of his own productions, but also prose. His story collection “The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed” was published in 2007 and won the “Kenzaburo Oe Prize”. In 2012 it was translated into German under the title “Die Zeit, die uns bleibt”.

During the 2015/16 season Toshiki Okada will stage a new production of the trilogy “Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and the Farewell Speech” together with the ensemble at the Münchner Kammerspiele.