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Dr. Zishan Ugurlu

Dr. Zishan Ugurlu

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



Zishan (Zisan) Ugurlu has worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theater artist since 1995. Sheis an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including Panorama directed by well-known Italian company Motus as part of The Under The Radar Festival2018, The Trojan Woman, directed by Andrei Serban, composed by Elizabeth Swados, in which she toured internationally as Helen of Troy. Under the direction of Ellen Stewart she performed in Draupadi, Oedipus Rex and Yunus. She played Carmen in Robert Wooduff’s award winning Godard-Distant and Right. Other roles include the world premier of Dario Fo’s one-woman Peasants’ Bible, Dante in Dante, a one-woman Antigone, Desdomona in Othello, Monique in Koltes’ West Pier, and Medea in Heiner Mueller’s The Medea. She is featured in the films: The Letter, which was part of the Cannes Film Festival and a short movie Dog Race received many awards at International Film Festivals. She is currently directing Music Room by John Runowicz about the prison system in America and working with formerly incarcerated individuals. She was recently invited to direct Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare at Istanbul Municipality Theater for its 100-year anniversary and for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Her directing credits include the solo performances Harlem Blooms In Spring by Jersten Seraile, at Off –Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival), Race Free by Maria Mukuka, at Off –Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival), In the Storm of Pleasure by Daniel Benhamu at Off –Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival Best Debut Award), The Surrender by Toni Bentley at Off-Broadway, The Clurman Theater, Oysters, Orgasms, Obituaries by Raina von Waldenburg (Nominated for New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance) and Request Program by F. X. Kroetz. Her recent directing credits include Agamemnon (in Greek) by Aeschylus, Not About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams, She Talks to Beethoven by Adrienne Kennedy, Elegant Degradation based on Charles Mee’s Orestes 2.0, Marathon Dancing: Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense based on They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy, The Judith of Shimoda by Bertolt Brecht, π-ROJECT (in Greek) based on The Persians by Aeschylus, Child is a Father to Man by Philip Kan Gotanda, The Law of Remains by Reza Abdoh, Purge by Sofi Oksanen, Kebap - Mady Baby.edu (in Turkish) by Gianina Carbunariu, The Realm of Darkness by Leo Tolstoy, Baghdadi Bath (In Arabic) by Jawad Al Assadi, The Father by August Strindberg, Temptation by Vaclav Havel, Blood on the Cat’s Neck by Rainer W. Fassbinder, The Bat in Iraq-Insurgency -Counterinsurgency by Alexandra Beech, The Last Supper by Lars Norèn, Operetta by Witold Gombrowicz, Until the Next Whirl by Rumi, Watershed and Serious At All by Tom Soper, Blood Wedding by Federico G. Lorca, Big Love by Charles Mee and The Court of Fehim Pasha by Turgut Ozakman. She has also worked on devised theater pieces such as “Black Market”, “Water Therapy” and created untitled piece with inmates at a maximum-security prison and with formerly incarcerated individuals in New York based on reentry issues. She is a science fellow at Ligo Project working with Dan McCloskey Lab. She is the founding artistic director of “Actors without Borders-ITONY.” It is an ensemble-based theater company with a commitment to introduce well known and highly regarded but rarely produced international playwrights to American audiences. The company also strives to work with daring American playwrights. She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is currently teaching at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts as an Associate Professor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.

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