*COSTUME DESIGNER// Derya has worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and NYC in television, film, stage, and web. She has been nominated for her work on the digital series The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy, and has worked with visionary and notable filmmakers including Sydney Freeland (Her Story, Emmy-nominated series), Janicza Bravo (Man Rots From the Head starring Michael Cera), Pippa Bianco (Share, winner- first prize Cinéfondation Award Cannes), Laura Moss (Eureka! - the first of the series Neurotica), and many more. She studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has worked in a wide variety of genres from naturalistic dramas to horror to the highly stylized comedy world of Funny or Die. Here's a (mostly) comprehensive list.
*CREATOR// Derya wrote the critically acclaimed play Hazel in Descent (NYC), a multimedia fairy tale with puppets and dance choreography! She is currently in development of a genre-bending feminist body-horror series with award-winning filmmaker Laura Moss and badass producer, Mali Elfman.
Derya has written and performed in several solo shows and has appeared on New York stages as zombies (yes more than one), the mother of a dead cat, and a singing chicken- to name a few. She recently made her West Coast debut as Hera - Queen of the muthaf*cking GODS - in Project Nongenue's Tragedy of Medusa.
She is also a visual artist who works primarily with gouache, watercolor, ink, and paper. Check out her work at Birdjam Studio.
*HUMAN// Derya is a multidisciplinary artist whose mission is to express ideas in whichever medium they dictate. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She's passionate about smashing the patriarchy and empowering women and girls everywhere. She maintains an extensive and elaborate visual reference library via Pinterest. To learn approxinamtely 90 minutes worth of information about her, check out the This is Who I Am podcast by Jamie Gambell.