*HUMAN// Derya is a Turkish-American multidisciplinary artist whose mission is to express ideas and stories in whichever medium they dictate. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Derya is passionate about smashing the patriarchy and empowering all women and girls everywhere.
*CREATOR - PERFORMER// Derya wrote, produced, costume designed, and performed in her critically acclaimed play Hazel in Descent, a multimedia fairy tale for grown ups with puppets and dance choreography! She is currently developing 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 on various New York and LA stages, and has also played (many) zombies, the mother of a dead cat, and a singing chicken- to name a few. She recently made her West Coast debut as "Hera" in Project Nongenue's The Tragedy of Medusa. She works as often as possible with LA's own Sorority Theatre Company, including a recent turn as "Mary Mother of God" in Grand Canyon P*ssy, through the lens of Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo in Golden Girls - you're welcome.
*VISUAL ARTIST// Derya is a visual artist who works both analogue (paint, ink, paper, fiber art, clay, etc) as well as digital (Procreate). Because her ascendant is in Virgo, she maintains an extensive and elaborate visual reference library via Pinterest, which you are welcome to utilize. She recently teamed up with Young Victory Group to offer tee shirt designs with all proceeds benefitting Stacey Abrams' org - Fair Fight. Check out the tee shirts HERE!
*COSTUME DESIGNER// Derya has designed for the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and NYC in television, film, stage, web, and print. 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 starring Karen Gillan), and many more. She has worked in a wide variety of genres from naturalistic dramas to horror to the highly stylized comedy worlds of Funny or Die. Here's a (mostly) comprehensive list.
>>> To learn approximately 90 minutes worth of assorted information about Derya, check out her interview with comic book author and podcast host Jamie Gambell on his show, This is Who I Am <<<