From the Subconscious to the Page

Advanced course in playwriting
Teacher: Yeşim Özsoy ,
From 10/07/2017 to 12/07/2017
From Monday to Wednesday
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
210€ (lunch included)
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Total hours: 18h

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Course description

Yeşim Özsoy, author of Històries d’Istanbul, which will be premiered at this year’s Grec Festival, is the most outstanding Turkish playwright of the moment.

Our subconscious is an important part of our writing process. In this workshop we will be making a journey from our unconscious to the sheet of paper. By combining exercises in meditation, awareness and acting, we will be delving into our unconscious to create the idea of a play and even start our first draft.

Each day we will be writing parts of a play. The first day will be our inner monologue, the second day we will be creating a dialogue between two characters stemming from our conflictual emotions, and the third day we will be combining all of these into an idea for a play.

Within the GREC 2017 Festival of Barcelona.

Yeşim Özsoy

Yesim Özsoy is a writer/director and founder of GalataPerform, which is a production and performance space for new plays, and also the initiator of the New Text New Theater Project, which focuses on developing playwriting in Turkey. While studying for her BA in Sociology at Bogazici University, she joined the Studio Players Acting School. She took classes at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University in New York. She earned an MA in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. On her return to Istanbul she founded the VeDST Theatre Company and GalataPerform, with which she has created and produced numerous plays.

Her plays have been translated into English, French, German, Russian and Italian. She has been nominated and has attained awards for her work as both playwright and director. With her plays she has attended festivals nationally and internationally.

In 2010 she was invited to Wiesbaden Staatstheater to write and direct a play called Turkiye-Almanya 0-0.

Her recent plays include İstanbul Testimonials, which is a collaborative piece written by 4 new playwrights from the New Text New Theater Project about the Gezi events in Istanbul.The play was based on the personal experiences of the playwrights. It includes mixed editing of story/fiction/reality and was presented as a staged reading at teatr.doc in Moscow.

In her project Love & Fascism, staged at the Istanbul International Theatre Festival, she once again worked with the texts of 4 different playwrights (including her own) from Romania (Gianina Carbunariu), Scotland (Linda McLean) and Spain (Helena Tornero).

Her last play, Old Child, is a co-production with the Istanbul Theatre Festival. The play is based on the true stories of four children who died as a result of terror and war in the Middle East. In the play she imagines that they survived, and fiction and reality are intertwined.

She is the writer of Limping Tales from Istanbul, set to premiere at the Grec 2017 Festival de Barcelona.

Important information

Admission to the course will be based on order of arrival and CV assessment, which should be sent (with photograph included), filling in the form on the right.

Places on courses are limited. Places will be reserved once the course amount has been paid. Payment must be made within one week of receiving the corresponding acceptance email.

The dates indicated for each course or seminar may be subject to variations in exceptional circumstances. These will be notified when applicable.

For the course to take place, a minimum number of students must be registered. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the student will have the option of registering for a different course (providing that there are places available) or alternatively will receive a refund of the amount paid (100%). If a student withdraws, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be applicable, providing that written notice is given at least 10 days before the start of the course.

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