mehmet ergen - artistic director

Mehmet has been Artistic Director of Arcola Theatre since founding it in 2000. Previously he was Artistic Director of the Southwark Playhouse from 1993 to 1999 which he co-founded. Mehmet is also Artistic Director of Arcola Istanbul which he founded in 2008.

He has won a variety of awards for his work including: the Time Out Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Peter Brook Empty Space Award (twice), a Time Out Award for Best Fringe Production, the Angela Carter Award and the Equity Award for Best Studio Theatre. Directing for the Arcola includes: Release the Beat by J. Johnson/K. Lewkowicz, Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising by Gunter Grass, I Can Get It For You Wholsale by J. Wiedman/Harold Rome, Jitterbug by Bonnie Greer, Chasing the Moment by Jack Shepherd and Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.

Mehmet directs extensively abroad in Israel, Ireland, Canada and Turkey. He is founder of Yeni Kusak Theatre in Istanbul and runs Turkey's only new writing programme Oyun Yaz with the British Council.