Evren is represented by Ben Izzo at Abrams Artists Agency.
EVREN ODCIKIN is a director, adapter, producer, and arts administrator. He was just announced as the Interim Associate Artistic Director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with Middle Eastern stories and beyond. From 2015-2018, he served as the Director of New Plays and Marketing at Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, where he is now a resident artist. He is also a member of the MENA Theatre Artists Steering Committee working towards a national coalition. On the administrative side, he was most recently the communications consultant for KQED’s $135 million Campaign 21, and has held high-level marketing and communications positions at American Conservatory Theater and Magic Theatre.
As an artist, he is under commission with Leila Buck to create an adaptation of A Thousand and One Nights for California Shakespeare Theater, and has previously adapted and directed Plautus’s The Braggart Soldier for Custom Made Theatre Company. A celebrated new plays director, he has worked at New York Theatre Workshop, Geva Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, the Lark, Kennedy Center, InterAct (Philadelphia), Cleveland Public Theatre, TheatreSquared, Magic Theatre, Crowded Fire, Golden Thread Productions, TheatreFirst, and Playwrights Foundation with such writers as Melis Aker, Kevin Artigue, Guillermo Calderón, Christopher Chen, Jeesun Choi, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Gabriel Jason Dean, Yussef El Guindi, Lauren Gunderson, Prince Gomolvilas, David Jacobi, MJ Kaufman, Hannah Khalil, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Michael Lew, Mona Mansour, Rehana Lew Mirza, Baruch Porras Hernandez, Betty Shamieh, Caridad Svich, Jordan Tannahill, and Lauren Yee, amongst many others. His productions have been Barrymore and Theatre Bay Area Awards Recommended; appeared on "Best of the Year" lists in San Francisco Chronicle, KQED, Bay Area Reporter, and SF Bay Times; were named as a Critic's Pick for Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and San Francisco Chronicle; and were nominated for numerous Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards.
Recognitions include a 2016 “Theatre Worker You Should Know” selection by American Theatre Magazine; a 2015 National Director’s Fellowship from the O’Neill, NNPN, the Kennedy Center, and SDCF; the 2013 TITAN Award from Theatre Bay Area; and being selected as an Emerging Theatre Leader by Theatre Communications Group for their 2012 Leadership Bootcamp with Golden Thread Founding Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian as his mentor. He has served on selection committees for Theatre Communications Group, National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Foundation, NNPN Showcase of New Plays, and Middle East America Initiative. Evren was born and raised in Turkey and is a graduate of Princeton University.
Upcoming: His translation of Turkish-French writer Sedef Ecer's At the Periphery will be directed by Erin Gilley in a co-production by Golden Thread and Crowded Fire. He is directing Heather Raffo's Nine Parts of Desire at Portland Center Stage. 1001 Nights (A Retelling) co-created by Leila Buck will premiere at Cal Shakes in 2020.
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