“Stunning… Superb… [Ogawa’s] ability to translate cultural chaos to the stage in a palpable manner is rare. She jars the theatergoer out of her everyday world and allows her to vicariously experience–and empathize with–her contemporary Ophelias, who want only to be understood. Amazingly, that is just what happens in the theater.” — hotreview.com
“On her own terms, Ogawa has successfully crafted a riveting experience that succeeds because of its incredible imagery and its ability to access raw emotional territory.” — Backstage
Aya Ogawa is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Tokyo, Japan. Ogawa is a writer, director, and translator for the theater. She challenges traditional notions of the American aesthetic and identity by creating plays infused with a multiplicity of perspectives, and by incorporating influences from outside the U.S. of style, form, and content. Her work refines an international language of contemporary theater. Ogawa’s past productions include Journey to the Ocean, Foundry Theatre/The Rubin Museum (2010); Enjoy, The Play Company (2010); and Five Days in March, Witness Relocation (2010).
Ogawa’s awards and residencies include Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY (2006, 2008, 2013); Usual Suspect, New York Theatre Workshop, NY (2007-present); Resident Artist, HERE Arts Center, NY (2006-2008); Space Grant, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NY (2006); Van Lier Fellow, New Dramatists, NY (2005-2006); and Playwriting Fellow, New York Theatre Workshop, NY (2005). She received her B.A. from Columbia University.
Featured Image Credit: courtesy of the artist