Aya Ogawa

Aya Ogawa is a Tokyo-born, Brooklyn-based playwright, director, performer, and translator whose work reflects an international viewpoint, centers women/non-binary perspectives, and utilizes the stage as a space for exploring cultural identity and other facets of the immigrant experience. Cumulatively, all aspects of their artistic practice synthesize their work as an artistic and cultural ambassador, building bridges across cultures to create meaningful exchange amongst artists, theaters, and audiences both in the U.S. and in Asia.  They have written and directed many plays including A Girl of 16oph3lia (HERE), Journey to the Ocean (Foundry Theatre), and Ludic Proxy (The Play Company). Most recently they wrote, directed, and performed in The Nosebleed, which was presented at the 2019 Incoming! Series at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, before premiering at the Japan Society (co-presented by the Chocolate Factory) in 2021.  Following its run at LCT3, it will be produced by Woolly Mammoth Theatre in 2023. They are currently developing Meat Suit: the shitshow that is motherhood and a one-performer adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, in collaboration with Saori Tsukada, and with new music by Philip Glass. As a director, they directed Haruna Lee’s Obie Award-winning Suicide Forest (The Bushwick Starr and Ma-Yi Theater Company) and Maiko Kikuchi and Spencer Lott’s 9000 Paper Balloons (HERE).  They have translated numerous Japanese plays into English including work by Toshiki Okada, Satoko Ichihara, and Yudai Kamisato; many of these translations have been published and produced in the U.S. and U.K.  They are currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a Usual Suspect at NYTW; a recent member of the Devised Theater Working Group at the Public Theater; and an Artist-in-Residence at BAX. They were the recipient of the President’s Award in Performing Arts from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a finalist for the SDCF’s 2021 inaugural Barbara Whitman Award, and finalist for the 2022 Alan Schneider Director Award. ayaogawa.com