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 award nominated series), Janicza Bravo (Man Rots From the Head starring Michael Cera), Pippa Bianco (Share, winner- first prize Cinéfondation Award Cannes), 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 videos.
CREATOR// Derya wrote the critically acclaimed play Hazel in Descent (NYC), a multimedia fairy tale with puppets and dance choreography. She recently completed a digital horror series slated for direction by award-winning filmmaker Laura Moss, and is currently co-writing a podcast series to be released in late 2017. 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 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 self-appointed mission is to express ideas in whichever medium they dictate. She is a collaborator who earned a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She maintains an extensive and elaborate visual reference library via Pinterest.