Aclan Bates

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Aclan Bates
Occupation Turkish/American actor, producer, director, writer

Aclan Bates Büyüktürkoğlu (born June 25) is a Turkish / American screenwriter, producer, actor and director,

Life and career[edit]

A graduate of Hacettepe University, Theater Department of Ankara National Conservator, Aclan Bates later received an MA in Directing for Theatre and another in Theater Education. He was a leading actor and director for the Turkish National Theater in Ankara, directing Jean-Paul Sartre's The Flies and Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan.

After looking at the world through the lens of a camera, he decided that directing film could be far more exciting than working on the stage. To that end, Aclan moved to California and completed an MFA in Film Directing at the American Film Institute. He won Best Short at the Ankara International Film Festival with his thesis film, "Condemned. (Suclu) " The Turkish National Theater then invited him to direct their entry to the Black Sea Coast International Theater Festival.

Aclan undertook a musical adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm, receiving critical acclaim and an invitation to open the fall theater season with the production at Ankara's Grand Theater. His stage adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial at Write Act Repertory received rave reviews in Los Angeles, a daring and unique project.

Aclan directed the first Turkish film, Broken Angel (Melegin Sirlari), which was shot in Los Angeles Hollywood.[1] - IMDb Mini Biography By: Leslie Bates

Stage and film work[edit]


  • 2104 Directed Antikaci feature-length film starring Filmstar
  • 2013 Directed The Swan Song /A Marriage Proposall by Anton Checkhov
  • 2012 Performed in Unutma Beni as Cevher
  • 2011 Performed in Taken 2 with Liam Neeson
  • 2010 Directed Paolo Levi's Pinedus Affair
  • 2009 Directed Jeanne Beckwith's A War Story at the Realto
  • 2008 Directed Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart
  • 2007 Directed Melegin Sırları (Broken Angel) Feature-length film starring Nehir Erdogan, Los Angeles and was featured as "Hakan"
  • 2006 A Taxi to Jannah, Fountain Theatre as "Yazeed" Los Angeles
  • 2006 Josephine, Studio 52 as "Pepito" and "Juan Perón" Los Angeles
  • 2006 Lincoln Heights ABC TV "lead" Los Angeles
  • 2006 Directed Standing By for JLS Productions at the Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles
  • 2005 Agır Roman, Turkish State Opera and Ballet, Los Angeles Production, Production Supervisor, Los Angeles
  • 2005 Directed The Trial for Write Act Repertory Theatre: Los Angeles
  • 2000–02 American Film Institute Hollywood, California Writer/Director
  • 1991–2009 Turkish National Theatre, Ankara, Turkey



  • Prime Time TV series Ferhunde Hanimlar as "Tayfun"
  • 1991–99 TRT and Private Stations Ankara, Turkey


  • 2000—2002 American Film Institute, Directing. Hollywood, California. Masters of Fine Arts. Thesis Film: Condemned
  • 1995–1999 Ankara University, Education Sciences Faculty. Education Programs & Training. Ankara, Turkey Masters of Arts. Thesis: Problems of Training Actors in Theatre Education Institutions
  • 1991–1995 Hacettepe University, Ankara National Conservatory Theatre Department Ankara, Turkey Masters of Fine Arts Emphasis in Theatre Education and Directing
  • 1987–1991 Hacettepe University, Ankara National Conservatory Theatre Department Ankara, Turkey. Bachelor of Arts



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