People

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 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.

As a freelance dramaturge, Maria Rößler supports the festival’s program management in international program research and design. She has worked with freelance theater and performance makers and for international performing arts festivals in Berlin and Zurich. She studied theater in Dublin and Berlin as well as international dramaturgy in Amsterdam and Ghent.

Hanna Steinmair works for Theater der Welt as a dramaturge with a focus on art education and local networking. Steinmair works as a dramaturge and project initiator with many different groups of the independent scene in Frankfurt am Main and the surrounding area. In 2021 she worked as a dramaturg at the Künstler*innen Haus Mousonturm.  

Anne Kleiner has been working as a production manager for as long as she can remember, with a great fondness for complex, international projects such as Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, raumlabor berlin, and the MELEZ.2010 Festival (RUHR.2010). This is also what she has been doing since 2016 at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. Presently, she is commercial director for Theater der Welt 2023.

Ann-Sophie Reiser works as a coordination officer for the artistic and commercial management at Theater der Welt 2023. Previously, she was employed as an assistant director at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. In the course of this, she was assistant production manager at the 21st International Schiller Days. 

works as a project manager, copywriter and dramaturge intersecting between art, culture and business; he has also worked for theaters in Erlangen, Ingolstadt, Munich, and Rüsselsheim as well as for advertising agencies in Graz, Frankfurt/M and Salzburg. Here and there he brings people, objects, money and projects together. 

Irene Gomer is artistic production manager for Theater der Welt 2023 and has been at Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm since summer 2021. In the Mousonturm she has already coordinated the summer open-air theater (Sommerbau/raumlabor). Before that, she has worked as the managing director of an event agency.   

Was born and lives in Tokyo. Graduated from Waseda University, Department of Architecture. Since 2007 she has been working as a production manager and production coordinator. Fumiko has also been working for numerous performances, overseas and domestically, she has organized tours for artists, theaters, and festivals. Further, she works for the production and supervision of theater subtitling and video translation. 

Josias Fröhlich is responsible for third-party funding management and controlling. He studied theater and orchestra management as well as business and administration. He manages a children’s and youth circus on a voluntary basis and has worked in the areas of artistic operations office, administration, ticketing and customer management at several theaters and cultural institutions.   

Is responsible for the communication of Theater der Welt 2023. The doctorate of theater studies has already worked at the Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt and other cultural institutions in the Rhine-Main region as well as in free contexts on the level of communication and mediation and also taught cultural theory as a lecturer at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

Mariko Okazaki is responsible for the Art Work for Theater der Welt 2023 as Art Director. She lives and works in Tokyo, studied at Keig University in Japan and Gerrit Academie in the Netherlands.  She has been working independently since 2018, and founded her own design studio REFLECTA in the summer of 2022. Her focus is in the field of art and culture. Among other things, she developed the graphic design for the exhibition of «Pipilotti Rist: Your Eye is My Island«.