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Evren Odcikin

Theater Director, Translator, Playwright, and Arts Leader

EVREN ODCIKIN (he/him) is a Turkish-American theater director, writer, and arts leader with a commitment to bring historically-excluded voices to the American theatre. In 2023, he served as the Interim Artistic Director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he was the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Artistic Programming from 2019. At OSF, he programmed the 2024 Season, and oversaw the producing of five repertory seasons, and helped guide the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the devastating Almeda Fire. He is a founder of Maia Directors, and serves on the boards of MENA Theater Makers Alliance and Playwrights Foundation. As a director, he has worked at OSF, A.R.T., Guthrie, Woolly Mammoth, PlayCo, Northern Stage, Portland Center Stage, Geva, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, InterAct, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Golden Thread. As a writer, he has received commissions and productions at Cal Shakes, NYU Abu Dhabi, Golden Thread, Crowded Fire, and Custom Made. odcikin.com


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Affinity Spaces for MENA/SWANA and LGBTQIA+ Artists

Affinity Spaces for MENA/SWANA and LGBTQIA+ Artists

13 December 2023

Affinity spaces have been an undercurrent of discussion across the three seasons of Kunafa and Shay. In this live session at the 2023 MENATMA Convening at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco, in partnership with Mizna+RAWIfest, Marina and Nabra sit down with artists to discuss the nuances of MENA and SWANA affinity spaces and MENATMA, Mizna, and RAWI’s roles in facilitating national cultural affinity among artists of intersectional identities.