Along the years I got to meet and work with master teachers, directors and writers. Starting with Ferhan Sensoy’s Nöbetci Theater Group (Istanbul, Turkey), to Bilkent University’s Theater Department (Ankara, Turkey), and The New Actors Workshop (My alma-mater in New York) to the legendary directors/writers I got to meet/work with inspired me immensely.
Here’s a little gallery I gathered from my archives. You can click on the pictures to enlarge and see my little notes.
With Mike Nichols at New Actors Workshop 2010. Celebrated director Mike Nichols was one of the founders of NAW and led masterclasses every Wednesday afternoon. “There are three kind of scenes; a seduction, a negotiation or a fight.”
With Woody Allen, New York 2016. After spending a day on the set and seeing how he works, I became a bigger fan of Woody!
With Elaine May – On the set of Woody Allen’s Amazon Project, New York 2016. May started her career in Compass Players, the first improvisation group in America led by Paul Sills. Later “Mike and Elaine” became legends of American comedy.
With Mike Nichols at NAW 2008
With Carol Sills in the old New Actors Workshop space; Studio C – which she and Paul Sills has built the walls for.
With Philip Seymour Hoffman at New Actors Workshop, 2010
George Morrison at New Actors Workshop @Studio B. George’s approach into acting training combined Method Acting with Viola Spolin’s method. Every other day he used to come to the class with a new warm up, or exercise for us to try. “Dare…. to bore.” E: But they can’t hear me.. G: What if they do?
Paul Sills-George Morrison-Mike Nichols
Me and my classmates are w Kevin Kline in this blurry picture:) After his Shakespeare intensive masterclass at NAW
Stanley Tucci during his masterclass @NAW
Before the opening night with dir. Carol Sills
Carol Sills rehearsals for the production of “Tao of Chuang Chou”. Working as a stage manager for her, I basically learned how to build a show, and to be able to say “I don’t know” without being afraid of the “unknown”
With Bill Irwin, Mike Nichols & Emir Gamsizoglu after my graduation from New Actors Workshop
Kevin Kline @NAW – Shakespeare Intensive
With Kathy Hendrickson before traveling to Turkey for the first Spolin Workshop
Leading an improvisation workshop with Jason Hale
With Eve Ensler – getting ready for VDay Productions
Interviewing Eve Ensler for Milliyet Newspaper, Turkey. Spreading the message of empowering women.
Eve Ensler & the Cast of Vagina Monologues, 2011
Getting notes from director Zurab Sikharulizde, Bilkent Theater during the production of Nazim Hikmet’s “Despite All” – Class of 2006
Tsotne Nakasidze, Bilkent Theater – rehearsal process for A Mid Summer Night’s Dream – Class of 2006
Cüneyt Gökçer – Legendary Turkish theater actor was the founder of Bilkent University’s Theater Department. I got the chance to attend his classes. “Theater is our temple”
Ferhan Sensoy (Nöbetci Tiyatro, 1997). Ferhan Sensoy’s books, have been my best friend during my summer vacations as a teenager. When I was 14 I auditioned for his theater troupe and got accepted. His unique sense of humor and his loyalty to theater will always be an inspiration for me.