Education: BA Istanbul University; MA Middlesex University
Research Areas: Theatre, acting, directing, voice work, translation
Özlem Özhabeş graduated from the Department of Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy at Istanbul University in 2005 and completed her Master's degree in Theatre Directing at Middlesex University. As part of her master's degree, she studied at the GITIS Academy in Moscow. She worked as an actor and assistant director for Studio Oyunculari from 2001 to 2007. She is a doctoral candidate in drama and theatre criticism at Istanbul University at the present time. She has lectured in the Theatre Department of Kadir Has University since 2010. During this time she has directed a number of student productions and professional plays. Since 2014 Özhabeş has been training on the Linklater voice method. She was an acting instructor and department director at the Oltrarno Acting School, the Conservatory of the Florentine Municipal Theatre, in 2019.
Özhabeş' main fields of artistic research include acting, voice studies, improvisation, translation, and directing. She has worked as an executive on a number of projects supported by the European Union, the Dutch Consulate General, and the Swedish Consulate General. Since 2021, she has been the executive director of the project entitled "ACT - Artistic Freedom and Children's and Youth's Perspectives in the Arts in Turkey" supported by the Swedish Ministry of Culture. Currently, she is working at NYU Abu Dhabi as a visiting lecturer.