Dr Murat Öğütcü
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Öğütcü
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Öğütcü received his PhD degree from the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey, in 2016. From August 2012 to January 2013, he was a visiting scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the General Editor of the “Turkish Shakespeares” Project that aims to introduce texts, productions and research on Turkish Shakespeares to a broader international audience of students, teachers, and researchers. He is also a researcher at the AHRC-funded project “Medieval and Early Modern Orients” that aims to contribute to our understanding of the medieval and early modern encounters between England and the Islamic Worlds. He is among the regional editors of the Global Shakespeares Project and the World Shakespeare Bibliography. He has written book chapters and articles on his research interests that include early modern studies, Shakespeare, and cultural studies.

Prof. Dr. Dilek Zerenler

Prof. Dr. Dilek Zerenler is the Head of Performing Arts Department at Selçuk University Dilek Sabancı State Conservatory. She received her MA degree from the Department of English Language and Literature Department at Selçuk University, PhD degree from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature Department at Selçuk University. She is a Professor Dr. on the theory of drama. She gives lectures on Mythology, History of World and Turkish Drama, and Shakespeare in the conservatory. She wrote two books on drama; the first one is ‘Tiyatroda Yapısalcı Çözümleme’ and it is about structuralism in the plays of one of Turkey’s most famous Turkish playwrights, Murathan Mungan. Her second book ‘Yaşam Gücü ve Üstün İnsan, Bernard Shaw’un Oyunları’ is about the analysis of Shaw’s plays in the aspect of the usage of will power and creation of superhuman. Her research interests include English Literature and Turkish Literature.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zerrin Yanıkkaya

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zerrin Yanıkkaya is a faculty member and Head of Department at the Maltepe University Faculty of Fine Arts Performing Arts Department. She completed her BA at School of Business Management, Institution of Public Administration for Turkey and Middle East, TODAIE, SIYO, Ankara and at Ankara University  Department of Spanish Philology and Literature, She had her MA and PhD degrees at Ankara University Institute of Graduate Studies, Department of Theatre, and completed her post-doctoral investigation at National Autonomous University of Mexico, Gender Studies Programme. She worked as lecturer at several universities. She took part at many theatre –state theate and private theatres- productions as dramaturg. She has translated novels and plays from Spanish and Catalan to Turkish. She is one of the founding members of ÇEVBİR (Association of Literary Translators) and member of TEB (Association of Theatre Critics of Turkey) and ASSITEJ/ International Association of Theater for Children and Young People. She has been giving classes on History of Traditional Theatre, Ottoman/Turkish Theatre, Contemporary Turkish Theatre and History of World Theatre for 25 years.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Evrim Doğan Adanur

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Evrim Doğan examines a range of different approaches to Shakespeare and early modern drama. She is a graduate of Hacettepe University (Department of English Language and Literature, BA) and American University, Washington, DC (Department of Literature, MA). She received her PhD degree from Ankara University. She is currently the Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at Fenerbahçe University.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. F. Zeynep Bilge

Assoc. Prof. Dr. F. Zeynep Bilge (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Western Languages and Literatures, Head of Department). Her major fields of study are literature and music, adaptation studies, and narratology. She studied voice at Istanbul University School of Music (1991-1994) and received her B.A. (1999), and her M.A. degree (2001) in English Language and Literature from Istanbul University. In 2008 she received her PhD degree with her dissertation on the communicative function of songs in Shakespeare’s tragedies. In 2012, she conducted a research at Cardiff University on the opera adaptations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a visiting scholar. She is currently writing a book on Shakespeare in opera.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elif Baş İyibozkurt

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elif Baş İyibozkurt completed her BA at Boğaziçi University, Department of English Literature in 2004 and her MA at University of Essex in the field of Theatre/Shakespeare. She received her PhD degree from the Department of Dramatic Criticism and Dramaturgy at Istanbul University in 2012. She has been a faculty member at Bahçesehir University Conservatory in Istanbul since 2007. She has been teaching on subjects such as history of world theatre, American theatre, dramaturgy, and Shakespeare. Her book entitled “Amerikan Tiyatrosu: 1960’ların Alternatif Oyunları” (American Theatre: Alternative Plays in the 60’s) was published in 2021. She has been working as a director, dramaturge, and translator in Istanbul for over ten years. Her scholarly interests include political theatre, documentary theatre, minority theatre, and Shakespeare in Turkey.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özlem Özmen Akdoğan

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özlem Özmen Akdoğan is currenlty working in the Department of Translation and Interpreting in English at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University. She received her PhD on the rewritings of Shakespeare’s plays in the twentieth century from the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University in 2018. She carried out research for her dissertation at the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London with TÜBİTAK scholarship from September 2015 to March 2016. She has publications on twentieth and twenty-first-century adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. Her research interests include adaptation studies, British women dramatists, contemporary British dramatists, climate crisis and animal studies, and political drama. She has taught courses on Shakespeare at the Department of English Language and Literature at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University and Cappadocia University. Currently, she is teaching drama courses at the Department of Performing Arts at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Oğuz Arıcı

Assist. Prof. Dr. Oğuz Arıcı was born in Germany in 1976. He graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy in 2002. He completed his master’s and doctorate education at Istanbul University Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Theater Criticism and Dramaturgy. He worked as a writer, director, and dramaturg in several theatre companies. His book titled “Construction of Fiction: Introduction to Playwriting” was published in 2020. He has been teaching in Istanbul University Department of Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy since 2013.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Özlem Hemiş

Assist. Prof. Dr. Özlem Hemiş is a faculty member at the Kadir Has University, Faculty of Art and Design, Theatre Department, and the director of MA Program in the Film and Drama. She received her PhD degree from Istanbul University in 2012. Her PhD thesis has been published as Gözün Menzili: İslami Coğrafyada Bakışın Serüveni (The Range of the Eye: The Journey of the Gaze in Islamic Geography) in  2020. She has acted as the General Secretary of The International Association of Theatre Critics in Turkey, and has been a member of the Arts Council of Kadıköy Municipal, Istanbul and she is recently a member of İstanbul Şehir Tiyatroları Edebi Kurulu (The Municipality Theatres Literary Committee.)  She co-wrote the 20: 1989’dan Bugüne Istanbul Tiyatro Festivali (20: Istanbul Theatre Festivals since 1989 ) and contributed some articles to a number of books. She has been teaching the undergraduate and graduate groups the subjects such as the history of world theatre, the history of theatre in Turkey, contemporary theatre, and  dramaturgy. She is also a researcher at the Swedish Institute CFP funded project “Artistic Freedom and Children’s and Youth’s Perspective in the Arts in Turkey”.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Nilgün Firidinoğlu

Assist. Prof. Dr. Nilgün Firidinoğlu is a faculty member at the Istanbul University Department of Theater Criticism and Dramaturgy since 2006. She completed her BA in Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy and Art History, and her MA in Turkish Language and Literature at Boğaziçi University with a thesis titled “Modern Türk Tiyatro Edebiyatında Gayrimüslim Osmanlıların Temsili (1874-1912) (Representation of the Non-Muslim Ottomans in Modern Turkish Drama (1874-1912)”.  She received her PhD in Theater Criticism and Dramaturgy from Istanbul University with a dissertation titled “Tanzimat’tan Erken Cumuhuriyet’e Tiyatro ve Eğitim İlişkisi: Mektep Temsilleri (1896-1936)” (Relationship Between Theatre and Education from Tanzimat to Early Republican Era:  School Plays (1896-1936). Her research and teaching focus on history of Ottoman/Turkish theatre, traditional performing arts and theatre historiography.

Assist. Prof. Dr. İlker Özçelik

Assist. Prof. Dr. İlker Özçelik is currently working in the English Language and Literature Department at Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is the regional editor of the open-access Global Shakespeares Video and Performance Archive. At the University of Leicester’s School of English, he is a visiting fellow. His research splits into two distinct but nonetheless related strands: textual studies, especially digital text and digital humanities, and contemporary Shakespearean performance. His research has been funded by the European Commission, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, The Turkish Council of Higher Education, the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the International Shakespeare Association, and other agencies. He is co-general editor of Suleyman Demirel University’s Journal of Social Sciences and has guest-edited a number of journal issues. He chaired the first and second Shakespeare festivals in Turkey, and the International Conference on English Language, Literature, and Linguistics (ICELLL) with Noam Chomsky as keynote speaker. He has appeared on the BBC Radio Leicester programme ‘Mid-morning show”. He has also been interviewed on TRT World, TRT Radio, and Anadolu Agency.

Dr. Neslihan Köroğlu

Dr. Neslihan Köroğlu works as a lecturer at İzmir Katip Çelebi University, School of Foreign Languages. She graduated from Ege University English Language and Literature department. After having earned her MA degree at Dokuz Eylül University American Studies department, she received her PhD degree from Ege University English Language and Literature department with her dissertation entitled “Shakespeare Retold: Contemporary Visions of the Bard” in 2020. She was a visiting researcher at Newcastle University in 2019 for her dissertation funded by TUBITAK. Her main interests include Shakespeare studies, literary theory, women’s literature and environmental studies.

Dr. Kübra Vural Özbey

Dr. Kübra Vural Özbey is a research assistant in the Department of English Language and Literature at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University (Muğla/Turkey). She received her BA in 2013 and MA in 2015 from the Department of English Language and Literature  at Hacettepe University  (Ankara/Turkey). She completed her doctorate degree in 2021 in the same department with her dissertation entitled “Liminality in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida.” She also conducted her Ph.D. research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Fulbright grantee from January 2021 to October 2021. Her recent publications include “The Graveyard as a Site of Resolution: Hamlet’s Rites of Passage and Shakespeare’s Criticism of Late Elizabethan Politics” (Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2022) and “The Representation of Communitas in the Forest of Arden: Shakespeare’s  As You Like It” (IDEAS, 2022). Her research interests are Shakespeare, Irish drama, literary theories and criticism.

Res. Assist. Yağmur Tatar

Res. Assist. Yağmur Tatar is a PhD candidate in English Literature and a Research Assistant at Translation and Interpreting Studies Department at Yeditepe University. She received her BA degree from Istanbul University and her MA degree from Yeditepe University. Her MA dissertation is entitled “‘The Story of The Wreck’: Hauntologic, Parodic and Chronotopic Perspectives in Contemporary Women’s Revisionist Mythmaking” and revolves around revisionist mythmaking tradition and its methodology of revisiting, decoding and deconstructing mythical stories. She is currently writing her PhD thesis on the notion of ‘carnivalesque’ and the politics of friendship in Shakespeare’s late Roman plays. Her research interests include Shakespeare and early modern theatre, adaptation studies, literature and philosophy, (Neo-)Gothic fiction, and contemporary women’s literature. She co-organized “Yeditepe Graduate Conference of Literary Studies: ‘Rewriting/Revisiting the Past’” in June 2021.

Res. Assist. Ayşegül Ernur

Res. Assist. Ayşegül Ernur received her BA and MA degrees from Yeditepe University. Currently she is doing her PhD at Yeditepe University. Her main research interests include Shakespearean drama, its modern rewritings and the representation of politics on the Early Modern stage. She is working as a Research Assistant at the Department of English Language and Literature, Yeditepe University.

Maral Çankaya (MA Student)

Maral Çankaya graduated from Boğaziçi University, Western Languages and Literatures Department in 2016. During her undergraduate years she attended the theatre club of the university (Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Oyuncuları – BÜO), in which she had the chance to learn how to act on stage, how to direct a play and how to design it. Besides, she has written her own plays based on improvisation, and translated articles and plays from English and Armenian. She worked for the editorial board of a theatre journal about BÜO’s plays. After her graduation, she started to act professionally in BGST Tiyatro. In 2021, she started her MA study at Kadir Has University, in Film and Drama, dramatic writing programme. For her MA thesis, she will focus on audience interaction in a hybrid play written by herself, in which digital mediums play a leading role.

Samet Karahasanoğlu (MA student)

Samet Karahasanoğlu played the leading role in the movie “Tepe’nin Uşakları” in 2013. He graduated from Maltepe University Fine Arts Faculty Acting Department in 2021. Currently, he is doing his master’s degree in Theatre Department (with Thesis) at Haliç University Social Sciences Institute. Since 2016, he has been contributing to the works of poet, writer and museologist Sunay Akın. He worked as content assistant for “Bilginin Işığında” and “İlkler” produced on Sunay Akın’s YouTube channel. Besides, he also worked as production assistant for “Toyota: Dünya’yı Hareket Ettirenler” video series that was prepared for Tokyo Olympics by Toyota. In addition, he worked as copy writer and content editor for the second and third seasons of “Mahya Işıkları” by Sunay Akın. He continues to be the content editor of the weekly program “Sunay Akın ile İşte O Çocuk” for two seasons and is the editor of the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s documentary “Paşabahçe Vapuru”. He actively writes articles on the history of literature and theatre in literary magazines called Ke Magazine and Mikroscope.

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Yüksel

Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Yüksel

Prof. Dr. Himmet Umunç

Prof. Dr. Himmet Umunç

Prof. Dr. Deniz Bozer

Prof. Dr. Deniz Bozer

Prof. Dr. Gülşen Sayın

Prof. Dr. Gülşen Sayın