People.

Chiaki Soma
Programme Director

Chiaki Soma is the founder and deputy director of Arts Commons Tokyo, an independent art and theatre collective founded in 2014. As a curator and producer, she specialises in transdisciplinary contemporary art that combines theatre and media art with AR/VR technologies. Over the past twenty years, she has produced or curated various projects in Japan and Asia; as Programme Director of Festival/Tokyo (2009-2013), Founding President and Artistic Director of Theater Commons Tokyo (2017 – present), Curator of Performing Arts of Aichi Triennale (2019 and 2022) and Executive Producer of Toyooka Theater Festival (2021). She currently works as an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts.

Kyoko Iwaki
Head Dramaturge

Kyoko Iwaki is a lecturer of theatre and performance studies at the University of Antwerp. Her research focuses on Japanese and European theatre of non-human philosophy. Kyoko Iwaki completed her PhD in Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths University of London in 2017. After completing her PhD, she received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council and became a visiting scholar at the Segal Center, City University of New York. Before entering academia, she worked as an international theatre critic for over a decade.

Chiaki Soma, Kyoko Iwaki

Anne Kleiner
Administrative Director

Nele Warthemann
Coordinator of Artistic/Administrative Directors

Kai Schmidt
Fundraising and Sponsoring

Irene Gomer
Production Management