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Yayoi Shimizu


Yayoi Shimizu is a playwright working with Tokyo's Rinkogun Theater Company, which is led by Yoji Sakate- a 1998 ACC grantee, renowned playwright in Japanese contemporary theater, and president of the Japan Playwrights Association. Ms. Shimizu herself is an award-winning playwright whose work with Rinkogun has allowed her to travel to Manila, the Philippines, Australia, and Romania.

Grants Awarded

2012 | Theater | Japan

ACC supported Ms. Shimizu through a two-month residency at the New York Theater Workshop (NYTW), providing her with a variety of opportunities in areas including artistic direction, literary management, casting, arts education, marketing, fundraising, and general management. In addition, she was given the opportunity to receive instruction in Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process, a method that NYTW uses to support the development of a theatrical work.


Performance / Philippines


January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018

A humorous play about the trials and errors of Thai, Filipino, and Japanese people who share their countries with one another.

A young man is investigating the actual conditions of ‘Retire-men’, or Japanese people who move to southeast Asian countries. What lies behind their seemingly carefree and peaceful second lives? Then there are the people who struggle to accept “Retire-men”, and the harsh realities facing those who cross borders to find employment.

Can we all acknowledge our differences and live together?

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Grantees: Narumol Thammapruksa, Nikorn Sae Tang, Yayoi Shimizu, Yoji Sakate