Welcome to Bilkent Theatre Department

Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performance Arts Theater Department, founded in 1985 by one of the pioneers of Turkish theatre Cüneyt Gökçer, is the first private acting department in Turkey. Our department educates and trains undergraduate students to become actors and theatre artists, and enjoys a reputation of being a national first-choice for many students in Turkey.

We provide the creative tools to become fully-equipped actors to our students and offer a rigorous curriculum with our internationally-acclaimed, award-winning faculty and top-notch production facilities and stages. Our students are able to interpret, analyze and perform in a variety of disciplines and styles from classical plays to cutting-edge post-modern theatre, and from stage to the screen. 

Our productions that we perform in Bilkent Theater are produced by Bilkent Theater Department faculty and students. Junior and senior student plays are directed by Bilkent Theater faculty and guest directors and are viewed by Ankara and Bilkent audiences during fall and spring terms. By graduation, each acting student performs in four productions as actors. Our play curriculum is based on our goal to to offer each student a versatile and rich acting experience before graduation. First and second year students are also trained in the staging process as backstage and production teams.

Our Bilkent Children’s Theater Program is an intensive weekend program for 8-10 and 11-14 year old children. The students who complete 4 semesters of this physical program earn a certificate. The instructors are Bilkent Theater Department faculty and students. 

We believe in training students who are informed and inspired to continue to learn and grow, and become leaders in their field, and continue to develop relevant theatrical experiences for the diverse communities that they serve in Turkey and around the world.
 Asst. Professor Jason HALE 
 Theater Department Chair 

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