Toshiki Okada was born in Yokohama in 1973 and formed the theater company "chelfitsch" in 1997. Since then he has written and directed all of the company's productions, practicing a distinctive methodology for creating plays, and has come to be known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography. In 2005, his play Five Days in March won the prestigious 49th Kishida Drama Award. In September 2005, Okada won the Yokohama Cultural Award/Yokohama Award for Art and Cultural Encouragement. As the representative of his country, he took part in Stuecke'06 International Literature Project and in December of the same year, he presented Enjoy at New National Theatre, Tokyo. He has also served as the director for the 2006-07 Summit, an annual drama festival hosted by the Komaba Agora Theater. In 2007 his collection of novels The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed debuted and was awarded the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. As a director he has directed Beckett’s Cascando for the Tokyo International Arts Festival, and Kobo Abe’s salient work Friends at the Setagaya Public Theater. More recently he also directed a workshop production of Strangeness with local actors at the Itami Ai Hall in Hyogo prefecture, Ghost Youth created through collaboration with students of Obirin University, and wrote a new play called Three Women for director Naoto Takenaka, among other projects.
In recent years, he has widely drawn attention not only from the theater world and the contemporary dance scene, but also from those in fine arts and literature. In 2009, New National Theater of Japan commissioned Okada to adapt and direct Dea Loher’s TAETOWIERUNG. As his stories as well as plays have continued to be published in Japan, his works have been translated into many languages and published abroad. Moreover, he has provided scripts for other theater companies in Japan. In October 2009, his newest piece Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech premiered in Berlin.