Yunus Ersoy

Yunus Can Ersoy, born and raised in Zurich, is a performer, director and dramaturg. After receiving their BA in German language and literature, history and comparative literature, they continued their studies in the master’s programmes at the University of Zurich (cultural analysis) and the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, Germany.

In 2009 Ersoy was a founding member of oimoi – junges theater zürich, and today they are a member of the board. Since 2009 they have participated in over 10 oimoi productions, both on and backstage. oimoi plays by Ersoy (as author, director, project manager) have been shown in various venues, including the Theater Rigiblick in Zurich. At the Schauspielhaus Zürich, Ersoy appeared in spoken choruses, among other projects.

Ersoy organises festivals (DISKURS 2018, among others) und their works have toured to a variety of venues, including the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm with Kollektiv Mora Vegesture, FACT-Festival in Budapest with Camila Rhodi and 48h Neukölln in Berlin with Josef Mehling (2019). In 2020 Jil Dreyer, Ersoy and Mehling presented a performance titled »None of This« at the Grätsche Festival in Zurich.

After an internship at Studio Я, Yunus has been assisting in the dramaturgy department at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin since the middle of the 2018/19 season. Since the middle of the 2020/21 season, Yunus has been a dramaturg at the Gorki, working with directors Hakan Savaş Mican, Paul Spittler, and Yael Ronen, among others. Yunus is also the main curator of the annual Queer Week, e.g. in 2022 under the title In Exile. QueerWeek22