BA, University of the Sacred Heart of Japan
MA, University of the Sacred Heart in Japan
MFA, Yale University School of Drama

Izumi Ashizawa an Assistant Professor of Directing and Devising at the State University of New York Stony Brook. Ashizawa is the artistic director of Izumi Ashizawa Performance.Originally founded in 2002, Izumi Ashizawa Performance explores the physical story-telling with unconventional puppetry and object animation. The company values the interdisciplinary collaboration process with dancers, actors, composers, musicians, sculptors.  Based on Japanese physical performance techniques, Ashizawa’s movement techniques are taught around the world, including the U.S.A., the U.K., Japan, Norway, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Iran, Australia, the Cayman Islands, and Peru.

The original performances by Izumi Ashizawa Performance were performed in various countries: The Blue Rocks (Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania; Fadjr International Theatre Festival in Iran; ManInFest in Romania; Arion Tokyo Summer Music Festival in Japan; International Arts and Ideas Festival, New Haven; and NYC International Fringe Festival in the U.S.A.; Documentary and Excerpt of this show were broadcast in National Public Television of Japan BS "Today's World"), Bakeneko Kyosokyoku (Novo-Siberian Transit, Russia), Gilgamesh (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and USF, U.S.A.; Excerpt from this show along with Ashizawa's interview was broadcast in PBS's TV series "Invitation to World Literature" Episode 1: Gilgamesh") Le Morte de La Fontaine (Woodford Folk Festival, Australia), Haoma and the Warrior (Iran), Zahak (International Women Theatre Festival, Iran), iKilL (Capital Fringe Festival, U.S.A.), Minotaur (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, U.S.A., and IIFUT Festival, Iran), Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady (Danza Nueva in Peru; Municipal Theatre in Piura, Peru; Municipal Theatre in Trujillo, Peru; the J.F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC; Capital Fringe Festival, Washington DC; Iowa and Illinois tour; the Wang Center, Stony Brook).

Director Izumi Ashizawa won numerous awards including the Medal of Honor for Cultural Excellence from the City of Piura in Peru, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Faculty Achievement  Award Excellence in Directing and Technology, Capital Fringe Director’s Award, UNESCO-Aschberg Award, IIFUT Best Performance Award, Tehran Municipality Culture and Arts Organization Award, Australian Government Fund for the Arts, and Norwegian Cultural Fund. Ashizawa is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Contact: izumi.ashizawa@stonybrook.edu

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Ken Weitzman

selected for
The Lark Play Development Center's
"Meeting of the Minds"
annually serves six New York writers
over a ten-month residency

Ken Weitzman's

Play Halftime with Don
selected for
PlayLabs at the Playwrights' Center
one of the nation's most in-depth
play development programs
 National Playwrights Festival
 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center

210 Amlent Avenue
Karl Hinze
& Becky Goldberg

New Musical co-created by
SBU Musical Comp. alumnus
& SBU Theatre MFA alumna
 received its first production:
New York
Musical Theatre Festival
July 9th, 2015

Margarita Espada

honored to receive the 
Human Rights
Community Award

for the work of her company,
Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja,
as a tool for social change

Steve Marsh

chosen to serve on the
Drama Desk Awards
nominating committee
2015 Drama Desk Awards

Nominations: April 23
Ceremony: May 31

Izumi Ashizawa

Best of 2014
"Best Directors of a Play
in Professional Theatres"
See images of
Izumi's show Kwaiden

Mallory Catlett

named as recipient of the
Foundation for
Contemporary Arts

2015 Grants to Artists
"Performance Art/Theatre"


Sophie Vanier '05

Best Actress
for her performance in
 UnChained Theatre Festival



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