Born in Tokyo in 1962. Playwright, director, leader of Seinendan, artistic director of Komaba Agora Theater and artistic director of Kinosaki International Arts Center. Hirata is visiting professor of the Osaka University Center for the Study of CO Design, research professor of the COI Research Promotion Office at the Tokyo University of the Arts, , visiting professor and special advisor to the president at Shikoku Gakuin University. His play is translated into and published mostly in French and different languages in the world. Since his workshop method was included in one of the official national Japanese textbooks for junior high school (in 2002) and elementary school (in 2011), a lot of students have been creating drama in the classroom.