ノゾエ征爾 Seiji Nozoe
Born in 1975, Seiji Nozoe spent his youth in San Francisco until the age of 8.After studying with Suzuki Matsuo, he started his own theater company Haegiwa in 1999. His work is known for his originality in surrealistic comedic sense and the bold use of the stage, maximizing the possibilities of the space and actors. In 2009 and 2010 he was a guest director at the Asian Performing Arts Festival which was hosted by the government of Tokyo. In 2011 his play “Harubaru” was nominated as a finalist for the 55th Kishida Drama Award. In 2011 he has directed and toured his original play “Cha Cha Cha Charlie” in elderly nursing homes, which was sponsored by the Setagaya Public Theater. He has been teaching drama and acting as a guest instructor at the ENBU Seminar School, and has written and directed more than 20 plays for his own theater company. He frequently guest directs productions for theaters, and has also directed foreign plays such as A Street Car Named Desire (Kichijoji Theater), and Medea (Ekoda Store House). He is also active on the screen as a film actor in films such as “Seaside Motel”, “Ultra Miracle Love Story”, and “Hijoshikei Zukan”. Most recently, in January 2012, his play “Certain Sceneries of ○○” was again nominated as the finalist for the 56th Kishida Drama Award.