Oriza Hirata


Playwright,Stage director

Playwright, director and Leader of Seinendan theatre company. An artistic director and manager of Komaba Agora Theater. Research Professor, Art Innovation Center, Tokyo University of the Arts.
He was born in1962 in Tokyo. Graduated from International Christian University, College of Liberal Arts. While in college Hirata founded Seinendan Theater Company to pursue and practice his "contemporary colloquial theater theory." has constantly been pausing a great influence on the theater world since 1990s.
-In 1995, Hirata won the 39th Kishida Kunio Drama Award with "Tokyo Note (Tokyo Notes)."
-In 1998, he received the 5th Yomiuri Theater Award Outstanding Director Award, for his production of "Tsuki no Misaki (The Cape of the Moon)," a play written by Masataka Matsuda.
-Hirata wrote and directed "Ueno Dobutsuen Sai-sai-sai Shugeki (Attacking Ueno Zoo for the Fourth Time)" in 2002 and won the 9th Yomiuri Theater Award for Outstanding Production.
-In 2002, he won AICT (Association Internationale des Critiques des Théâtre) Critique Award for his book "Geijutu Rikkokuron (Arts as the Basis of a Nation) " published from Shueisha.
-In 2003, he won the Grand Prix of the 2nd Asahi Performing Arts Awards with "Sono Kawa wo Koete, Gogatsu (Across the River in May)," which was an event for the Year of Japan-ROK National Exchange in 2002.
-In 2006, he won the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award.
-In 2011, he was decorated for Chevalier of L'ordre national de la légion d'honneur.
-His first collaboration with Ishigro Laboratory in Osaka University which develops the robots won the Prix Ars Electronica 2011. He staged Three Sisters, Android Version, after Chekhov in 2012 at Festival d 'Automne à Paris.
At present, he is a board member of the Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities, the Japanese Society for Theatre Research and Japan Playwrights Association, committee member of the Japan Performing Arts Foundation and special advisor to the cabinet.

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