Yudai Kamisato was born in the city of Lima, Republic of Peru, in 1982. Director and Playwright, and the head of Okazaki Art Theatre. His father emigrated to Peru from Okinawa, Japan, and his mother was born in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. He was raised in the city of Kawasaki, in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. In his teens, he also lived for a few years in the Republic of Paraguay and the United States of America. He organized Okazaki Art Theatre in 2003. His works freely mix the mundane with the extraor- dinary and probe corporeality in a manner emphasizing the existence of the actors. This distinctive approach has won him high accolades on Japan’s theatre scene.
In 2006, Kamisato became the youngest person ever to win first prize in the TOGA Directors Competition. He participated in Festival/Tokyo (F/T) for three consecutive years beginning in 2010. Around this time, the absence of otherness in contemporary Japanese society began to appear more prominently as a theme in his works. For the last few years, Kamisato has continued to write plays along lines that are extensions of his concern about his own identity and reflect upon the problems faced by immigrants and workers, the relationship between the individual and nationality, and communication with others living in the same age. His Mr. Haircut (2009) was on the final list of nominees for the Kishida Drama Award that year. His last opus, black coffee (not for drink) (2013) was also on the final list and given high ratings by the judging panel.
2006 “Desire caught by the tail” (Toyama) Awarded Best Director at the Toga directorsʼ competition
2017 “The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso”(Main Program of Kyoto Experiment 2017, Kyoto) The 62th Kishida Kunio Drama Award
2018 Drama collection “The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso” (Hakusuisha Publishing Co., Ltd.)
Planning and production of a new online work presented in Germany’s Festival Theaterformen 2020“KHAO KHAO CLUB.mp3″ by Yudai Kamisato
Planning and production of a project connecting Asian and other international art networks“Jejak-旅 Tabi Exchange: Wandering Asian Contemporary Performance 2018” (at Yogyakarta and Kuala Lumpur)
Production of the Latin American tour of a theatrical work sponsored by the Japan Foundation“+51 Aviación, San Borja,” by Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre