In my opinion, [T]heatre has multiple ephemeral explications, but not a fixed definition.
I am a doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts University, interested in exploring how theatre as performance responds to cultural, political, and social issues. In a rapidly changing society, I believe that theatre is to challenge [taboos] to make them speakable.
My research interests lie at the intersection of theatre, performance studies, and sociology, which include dramaturgy, directing, postdramatic theatre, spectatorship as performance, cultural studies, and theatre & migration. My dissertation project examines the works of theatre and performance artists who are second-generation Turkish immigrants at the Maxim Gorki Theater under the artistic directorship of Shermin Langhoff in Berlin.
Prior to Tufts, I received M.A. degrees in Performing Arts from Emerson College and in Theatre (DTCF) from Ankara University. I obtained a B.S. in Education with a minor in Sociology from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
“The definition of theatre has changed.”
-Andrzej Wirth, Theatre Without Audience.
“If some people no longer want to give the name theatre to such a practice situated between “theatre”, performance, visual art, dance, and music, we should not hesitate to turn to Brecht, who proposed ironically that when people no longer wished to call his new forms “theatre”, they could call them “thaetre” instead.”
-Hans-Thies Lehmann. Postdramatic Theatre, 2006.