Eduardo Okamoto is an actor, bachelor (2001), master (2004) and PhD in Performing Arts (2009) at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas, Brazil). He has been called “one of the best actors of his generation” (O Tempo newspaper) and an “exponent of the theatrical scene” (Bravo magazine). He received several distinctions, like the nomination for the Shell Award for the best actor of the year (2009), one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in Brazil.
In the year 2004 he debuts “Now and at the Time of Our Turn”, directed by Veronica Fabrini. This solo play was his revelation in Brazil, as well as abroad: in Spain and Switzerland (2006), Kosovo (2007) and Morocco (2008). He obtained the award as best male actor at the Agadir Festival. And the press praised his work: “formidable interpretation“ (Corriere del Ticino); “a play able to change the world” (Folha de São Paulo).
He is the author of a book with the title “The Hour of our Turn: Street Kids and Circus Toys”, published by Hucitec (2007).
Photo by Fernando Stankuns
2009 is the debut of his solo “Eldorado” – dramaturgy by the Argentine artist Santiago Serrano and direction by Marcelo Lazzaratto. Criticism highlights
his work: “impressive” (Veja magazine); “absolutely impeccable” (Critical Panel of the International Theatre Festival of São José do Rio Preto).
2011 was the year when Okamoto brought his solo to Festival Fringe, in Scotland, where the strengh of the play could overcome the barriers of the language in a very unique way, being presented more than 15 times, even inside a Edinburgh´s church. Less than a year later he was invited to bring his Theater to the Miedzynarodowy Festiwal Teatromania in Poland, and in 2012 May “Now and in the Time of our turn” was showed in Bytom.
In 2012, he is the invited actor of Cia Teatro Balagan in São Paulo and debuts “Recusa” (“Refusal”), directed by Maria Thaís. This performance is nominated for more than 11 important awards in Brazil.
In 2015, he debuts “OE”, writen by Cássio Pires anda directed by Marcio Aurelio. The show is based on the work of the japanese writter Kanzaburo Oe. It has been took part in the most importante festivals in Brazil.
He already taught at the Federal University of Santa Maria and at the Celia Helena Higher Art School. He was active in social projects with children, youngsters, elderly people, community leaders and street dwellers.
In 2017, he debuts his first performance for children: “O Dragão de Fogo”(“The Fire Dragon”). It is written by Cássio Pires and directed by Marcelo Lazzarato.