AFI graduate Aclan Bates is a Turkish-American film director, who divides his time between Los Angeles, California and Ankara, Turkey via various projects including an acting school and playhouse. Aclan is currently developing an incubator platform within the Performing Arts sector for emerging and established startups and entrepreneurs who work both in front of or behind the camera within the entertainment industry including film, television, screenwriting, theatre, dance, and music.
He is also a working actor/director in the National Theatre of Turkey and has an extensive stage and theater background, all of which provide the perfect backdrop for this new and exciting project.
The incubator will be based in London and will serve startups from throughout Europe and the United States, while serving as a bridge between Hollywood, London and Turkey.2015 Directed Antikaci feature-length film starring Filmstar
2014 Directed The Swan Song /A Marriage Proposall by Anton Checkhov
2013 Performed in Unutma Beni as Cevher
2012 Performed in Taken 2 with Liam Neeson
2012 Directed Paolo Levi's Pinedus Affair
2011 Directed Jeanne Beckwith's A War Story at the Realto
2010 Directed Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart
2009 A Taxi to Jannah, Fountain Theatre as "Yazeed" Los Angeles
2009 Josephine, Studio 52 as "Pepito" and "Juan Perón" Los Angeles
2008 Directed Melegin Sırları (Broken Angel) Feature-length film starring Nehir Erdogan, Los Angeles and was featured as "Hakan"
2008 Lincoln Heights ABC TV "lead" Los Angeles
2007 Directed Standing By for JLS Productions at the Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles
2006 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
2004 Produced and Directed Ceasder Chavse Documantery
2004 Directed George Orwell's Animal Farm
2000–02 American Film Institute Hollywood, California Writer/Director
1991–2009 Turkish National Theatre, Ankara, Turkey
1998–99 Jules Feiffer's Little Murders as "Kenny"
1996–98 Luigi Pirandello's Liola as "Liola"
1997–98 Directed Jean-Paul Sartre's The Flies
1996–98 David Hare's Skylight as "Edward"
1995–97 Anton Chekhov's The Seagull as "Treplev"
1994–95 Victor Haim's The Visitor as "Mataresco
1994–95 Directed Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan
1993–94 Georg Büchner's Woyzeck as Charlatan
1992–93 Necip Fazıl Kısakürek's Bir Adam Yaratmak (The Making of a Man) as "Mansur"
1991–92 One-man play, Kus by Coskun Irmak, Karalarin Memetleri as "Ali" by Cahit Atay, Ay Isiginda Samata as "Erol" by Haldun Taner, Genc Osman in various roles
1995–96 Turkish Radio and Television 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
Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart
David Mamet, Sexual Perversity in Chicago
George Orwell, Animal Farm (Nelson Bond's stage adaptation)
Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice
Sarah Ruhl, The Clean House -"
Sarah Ruhl, Late, A cowboy Song"
Joe Masteroff, Cabaret
Alan Ball, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Sarah Kane, 4:48 Psychosis