Born 1978 in Berlin and raised in Turkey, Hakan Savaş Mican moved back to Berlin in 1997, where he finished his studies in architecture in 2004. He then studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). During his studies, Mican shot feature and documentary films for ARTE and RBB. He worked as an director on two television projects – 24h Berlin and20xBrandenburg – that were honoured with the Adolf Grimme Award, among others.
Mican has worked in the theatre since 2008, staging productions at the Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Staatstheater Mainz, Volkstheater München. He's been a director-in-residence at the Maxim Gorki Theatre since 2013. In addition, he has written numerous plays, including Der Besuch (The Visit), Die Schwäne vom Schlachthof (The Swans from the Slaughterhouse), Snow (Schnee) and Die Saison der Krabben (The Season of the Crabs), which was honoured with the award for best contemporary drama at the Privattheatertage festival for private theatres in 2013. Mican's first production at the Gorki, Schwimmen Lernen – ein Lovesong (Learning to Swim - a love song) by author-in-residence Sasha Marianna Salzmann, was invited to the Radikal jung theatre festival and the Heidelberg Stückemarkt festival for new plays in 2014.
Other productions at the Gorki include his lates play Die Nacht von Lissabon (The Night in Lisbon), Glaube Liebe Hoffnung (Faith, Love, Hope) and Kleiner Mann - was nun? (Little Man, What Now?), as well as (until the end of season 2017/2018) Angst essen Seele auf (Fear Eat Soul Up) and Die Ungehaltenen (The Indignant Ones). The Gorki opened the 2020/21 season with Mican’s staging of his play Berlin Oranienplatz – 1. Teil der Stadttrilogie. The second part Berlin Kleistpark followed at the end of 2021.
Since the 2020/2021 season he has been a member of the Artistic Advisory Board, which advises Artistic Director Shermin Langhoff on the artistic direction of the Gorki Theatre.
Hakan Savaş Mican lives in Berlin and is a striker for the national writers' football Team.
Photo: Esra Rotthoff