Tunçay Kulaoğlu, born in 1966 in Izmir, works as an author, filmmaker, playwright, curator, and translator. He is a co-founder of the post-migrant theater Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, of which he was head playwright and co-artistic director from 2008 to 2014. His short films have been shown at international festivals, and his essays and reports on German-Turkish film art have appeared in various publications. In 2015-2016, he was in charge of concept development and dramaturgy for Love It or Leave It at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, and of production, artistic direction and dramaturgy for Homeland Istanbul at the Bakırköy District Theater, Istanbul. In 2017 he was co-author and playwright of Stress at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and curator of the 3rd Herbstsalon Desintegriert euch! (Destingrate Yourselves!) at Maxim Gorki Theater. In 2018 he conceived the exhibition Wir verrecken vor Lachen – 50 Jahre Karikatürkei (We’re Dying of Laughter – 50 Years of Caricaturing Turkey) at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Berlin. He is co-curator of the theater project for the NSU complex Kein Schlussstrich! (No Final Stroke), which, designed as a decentralized theater project, will lead to establishing a three-week event space throughout Germany in autumn 2021.
Tunçay Kulaoğlu was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from November 2015 to August 2016.