EGE MALTEPE

Ege Maltepe was born in Istanbul. Her journey of theater started when she was 14 years old after she got accepted to Nöbetçi Theater School of Turkish Theater legend Ferhan Şensoy. Later her love for theater brought her to New York where she became the student of Oscar winning celebrated director Mike Nichols. During her early years in New York she got interested in improvisation, writing, directing and producing. Her first stage project Variations After Joe, she combined improvisation, movement and classical music and took a the attention of New York audience. After deciding to bring Spolin Improvisation Method to Turkey, she started to translate Viola Spolin’s seminal book Improvisation for the Theater into Turkish and founded Spolin-ist in 2009. Since then she trained and continues to train actors, writers and teachers in Turkey and US. She wrote and produced her plays Tea for 3, Tits by Prof G and Women of New York with various companies in New York City. 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.

Together with Emir Gamsız they created interdisciplinary projects like Drama in Beethoven, Talking to Schubert, Genius: Chopin. From 2010-15 the duo became the residence artists in West Village’s cultural institution, Caffe Vivaldi. They performed and produced classical music and theatrical events there, which made the place number one classical cafe in New York City in a short time. Chatty Pianist concerts which she produced later continued in Lincoln Center.

In 2018 they returned to their home country and started Bach Cafe, and the two-year Spolin Theater Games School in Istanbul. In 2019-20 season they crated a stage show for children Chatty Pianist and Story Theater: Beethoven and Shakespeare’s Tempest at İş Sanat Concert Hall. The show became a big success, however the performances stopped due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Maltepe and Gamsız are also independent filmmakers. Their films Chekhov in New York, Transformism, Greatest Classic and Chatty Pianist (animation film) are all in progress.