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In Japan’s performing arts scene, it’s widely believed that 32-year-old Akane Nakamura is one of the country’s most famous globally known theater producers. As executive director of the theater production company Precog and the performing arts nonprofit Drifters International — which she founded in 2006 and 2010, respectively — Nakamura’s extraordinary enthusiasm for her work is the stuff of legend.

“Day or night, we hardly ever see her taking a rest,” said one of her staff recently. “She’s always bustling about here and there, flying abroad and having meetings well into the early hours.”

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