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History

Advisory Committee

Festival Team

History

An international event bringing together theatre companies and dance groups from Turkey and abroad with the audience, The Istanbul Theatre Festival was first held in 1989. Organised biennially since 2002, Istanbul Theatre Festival returned to an annual cycle in 2017 after 15 years. Once every year, the festival hosts carefully selected companies and artists that open up new horizons for both the audience and the art world by bringing national and international, classical and contemporary renditions to the stage through its unique lens.

The festival’s first production, Tribute to Nâzım, written and performed by Genco Erkal was staged in 2002, on the 100th anniversary of Nâzım Hikmet’s birthday. Following this first step, local companies have begun to participate in the festival with their new projects. This process stimulated the festival in every possible way and still continues to do so. Aiming to underline artistic intersections, similarities and disparities, the festival puts emphasis on co-productions and expands the scope of its activities in this field. One of the events carried out by the festival within this scope was Nefes, co-produced with Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 2003 and still travelling the world. Another event that lies within this framework is the fourth edition of the International Theatre Olympics that gathered numerous companies in Istanbul in 2006 as part of the festival.

The Istanbul Theatre Festival, together with the Avignon Festival, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Grec Festival, has formed the European Network of Mediterranean Festivals entitled Kadmos. Kadmos continues to carry out its activities as a network supporting not only co-productions but also common educational fields. Moreover, The Kadmos Travel Project continues to provide opportunities for young artists and playwrights from different countries to attend the festivals abroad. Together with Piccolo Teatro di Milano, the Istanbul Theatre Festival also took the first steps to implement another educational project entitled the “Mediterranean Project.”

Every year since 1997 the Istanbul Theatre Festival presents two Lifetime Achievement Awards to one local and one international artist. With its educational programmes, co-productions and themes that are related to social problems, the Istanbul Theatre Festival continues to bring new topics and works in performance arts to Istanbul.

 

Theatre Festival Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Dikmen Gürün
Zeynep Oral
Dr. Beki Haleva
Doç. Dr. Ayrin Ersöz
Vincent Baudriller
 

ISTANBUL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Director
Yard. Doç. Dr. Leman Yılmaz
Operation Coordinator
Handan Uzal Dündar
theatre.fest@iksv.org

MEDIA RELATIONS

Director
Ayşe Bulutgil
Managers
Özlem Bekiroğlu Aldoğan
Elif Obdan Gürkan (International Media)
Coordinators
Ayşen Gürkan
Zeynep Seyhun (International Media)
Zeynep Topaloğlu
Visual Archive Associate
Poyraz Tütüncü
Associate
Ayşe Zeynep Güldiken
medya@iksv.org

Archives Photos
Muammer Yanmaz
Ilgın Erarslan Yanmaz
Mahmut Ceylan
Ali Güler

İKSV STUDIO

Director
Selçuk Metin
Assistant
Ebru Gümrükçüoğlu

CORPORATE IDENTITY AND PUBLICATIONS

Director
Didem Ermiş Sezer
Editorial Coordinator
Erim Şerifoğlu
Editor
Merve Evirgen
Publications Operator
Ferhat Balamir
Graphic Designers
Esra Kılıç
Ayşe Ezgi Yıldız
Webmaster
Sezen Özgür
yayinlar@iksv.org

SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME

Director
Yasemin Keretli Çavuşoğlu
Manager
Zeynep Pekgöz
Coordinators
Zeynep Karaman
Yeşim Birhekimoğlu
sponsor@iksv.org

MARKETING 

Director
İrem Akev Uluç
Marketing Communication Coordinator
Cansu Aşkın
Creative Services Coordinator
Meriç Yirmili
Field Operations Coordinator
Sezer Kari
Digital Media Coordinator
Bahar Helvacıoğlu
Social Media Assistant
Ece Kartal
CRM Coordinator
Özge Genç
pazarlama@iksv.org
 

SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Director
Dilan Beyhan
Membership Programme Coordinators
Yıldız Lale Yıldırım
Gülce Şahin
Sales and Business Development Coordinator
Gonca Varol
Sales Operations Coordinator
Ercan Kaya
Sales Operations Associate
Neva Abrar
Operations Associate
Işıl Öztürk
Sales Operations Assistants
Yeliz Vural
Çağlar Koca
Burak Akgün
Canan Alper
satisveisgelistirme@iksv.org
 

PRODUCTION

Production Manager
Erdal Hamamcı
Associate
Başat Karakaş
Assistant
Ali Uluç Kutal

INFORMATION AND RECORDS CENTER

Manager
Esra Çankaya

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Head of Finance and Administration
Ahmet Balta

FINANCE

Managers
Ahmet Buruk (Budget and Accounting)
Başak Sucu Yıldız (Finance)
Accounting and Finance Operations Associate
Deniz Yılmaz
Accounting and Reporting Associate
Kadir Altoprak
Assistants
Çiğdem Arslan
Büşra Açıkgöz
finans@iksv.org

PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL GRANTS

Manager
Aslı Yurdanur

HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION

Director
Semin Aksoy
Human Resources Specialist
Eren Ertekin
Human Resources Assistant
Cansu Zülfikar
Building Administration and Security Manager
Ersin Kılıçkan
System Manager
Kadir Ayyıldız
Information Technology Assistant
Tahsin Okan Erdem
Reception Officer
Lidya Durmazgüler
Warehouse Officers
Muzaffer Sayan
Şerif Kocaman
Services
Özden Atukeren
İbrahim Çakmak
Aydın Kaya
Hayrullah Nişancı
Serap Sürgit
Müzeyyen Öztürk
insankaynaklari@iksv.org