Research Artist and PhD candidate
GORKEM ACAROGLU has forged a solid reputation in both Sydney and Melbourne, directing highly acclaimed socially relevant theatre productions such as The Habib Show (2006) about the media reportage of Mamdouh Habib's release from Guantanamo Bay, Haneef the Interrogation (2008) about the Federal Police's first use of the Terror Laws and Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime (2010 winner of an AWGIE Award) about attacks against Indian students.
Gorkem recently presented Subject Technology in Exception: Contamination of Dramatic Theatre at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Istanbul. Gorkem has been developing a digital and participatory performance, Exception, now in its third stage of development through Arts Victoria (also supported by Myer Foundation). Gorkem is currently a sessional tutor at Deakin University in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. She recently received an Australia Council Theatre Board Cultural Leadership Award and was one of twelve inaugural recipients of the Sidney Myer Creative Felowships.
Other directing credits include: 2009 Pandora's Eyes. 2008 The Devils Dictionary by Helen Heritage , Forty Five Downstairs. Under Construction Artshouse. The Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Lonesome West by Martin McDonaugh Theatreworks. The Epiphany of Ben Hall by Barry Dickins, regional NSW tour.. 2007 Voodoo Vaudeville Multicultural Arts Victoria commission. 2006 The Maya Project McCulloch Gallery. Infectious Melbourne Fringe Festival. Still WaitingAdelaide Fringe Festival. 2005 Object Future Big West Festival. Fool for Love by Sam Shepard nominated Best Production Green Room Awards. 2003 The Round of Pleasureby Werner Schwab directed by Mahir Gunsiray (assistant director) Best Production, Istanbul International Arts Festival.
Gorkem is currently undertaking a PhD at Deakin University about live interactive media in dramatic theatre. She has a Masters of Creative Media – Animation and Interactive Media from RMIT, a Graduate Diploma in Dramatic Art (Direction) from VCA , and a Master of Media Arts (Film &Video) from UTS.