Ege Maltepe is an actor, writer, director and educator from Istanbul, currently residing in New York City. Her work includes; “Variations After Joe” (2009, Cave Arts Space), “TEA for 3, A Trilogy on the multicultural face of New York” (2012, LPAC), “TITS by Prof G” (2013, Wired Arts Fest), Women of New York (2016, 4thU Artivists), and Classical for All projects; “Drama in Beethoven”, “Talking to Schubert”, “Genius #CHOPIN” and “Two Faces/ Phases of Schumann”.
Ege Maltepe’s acting credits include “Hermia” in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by W. Shakespeare, and “Marta” (lead) in “Misunderstanding” by Albert Camus with Bilkent Theatre, “Leslie” (lead) in “The Letter” by Somerset Maugham and “Arsinoe” in “The Hip Hop Misantrophe” with Hudson Guild Theatre Company.
As an “artivist” Ege Maltepe directed 4thU Artivists’s (formerly 4thU V-Day) production of “The Vagina Monologues” three times with different women ensembles. In 2014, she curated and directed “Women’s Voices”. The company premiered Maltepe’s play “Women of New York” in 2016. With the theater productions , artivist theater group has raised over $90.000 for different nonprofit organizations supporting women & girls.
Ege Maltepe is a graduate of The New Actors Workshops/Antioch McGregor‘s Master of Arts program where she worked with legendary directors and teachers; Mike Nichols and George Morrison. After a monologue she performed in school, Mike Nichols commented on her acting as “Excellent!” . Viola Spolin’s son, Paul Sills was one of the founders of the school. She came to New York on a Fulbright Scholarship after finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Bilkent University’s Acting Department.
Right after graduating from The New Actors Workshop, she became an assistant teacher for Movement Improvisation Classes and was the stage manager for the Story Theatre Production directed by Viola Spolin’s daughter in law and the editor of Spolin books Carol B. Sills. Maltepe is working on spreading Spolin Improvisation Method in Turkey, under the roof of SPOLIN-IST, an organization she founded in 2009. As an educator she was invited to various schools and festivals throughout Turkey including Istanbul Theater Festival and Trabzon International Theater Festival. SPOLIN-IST is offering workshops in Turkey and New York.
Maltepe is also the co-founder of “Classical For All” with her husband pianist/composer Emir Gamsiz. Together they created various interdisciplinary projects to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds with classical music. According to New York Press they’re “Striking a chord with the younger generation”.
Maltepe is currently working as a writer/producer and actor in three different independent film projects: Transformism (feature), Greatest Classic (feature) and “Chekhov in New York”. She is also producing classical music films and Chatty Pianist concerts by Emir Gamsiz.