Since 1982 Sehsuvar Aktas and Ayse Selen have been working both together and individually with several theater companies. Their credits include directing, assistant directing, acting for the stage, TV and film, screenwriting, and professional translations. Since 2000 they have been working as the founding partners of the company tiyatrotem.

The plays of tiyatrotem have the characteristic traces of tekerleme (repartee), symmetry/repetition of events, situations and expressions, imitations, wrong pronunciations, awareness of being in the play, going out of the role in performance, creating role in role, multiple levels of acting in performance, alienation effects, irony and the grotesque, all of which can also be found in the Turkish traditions of storytelling and performing arts.


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