Ayhan Hulagu started his acting career by founding a Hayal Perdesi Oyuncuları, a group of stage players, in 2005 while continuing his education at Pamukkale University located in Turkey. He launched the PAU Theatre Festival, which is one of the prestigious art organizations for teenagers and college students in Turkey for 10 years.
After obtaining a college degree, he received acting training from Studio Players in Istanbul. Then he started to work in the same place as the theatre.
Hulagu started to work as a professional artist on shadow plays after Turkey’s Culture Ministry and UNIMA’s Istanbul office opened training courses jointly in 2009 when Karagoz, the traditional Turkish shadow play, was included in UNESCO’s list. He displayed lots of shadow plays in Turkey’s different cities, especially in Istanbul. He had been invited to many events and festivals across the country.
In 2016, he launched the first part of his Karagoz Trilogy. The first leg of his long-term project was called ‘Karagoz in the street’ and took place in İstanbul’s districts and neighborhoods.
In the United States of America, the young aspirant artist launched the second part of his project as “Karagoz on the road.” The debut play took place in Washington, D.C., the capital of the nation and then expanded to other cities such as Iowa City (Iowa) and New York City (New York State).
As part of the project he shot in America, he organized workshops and exhibitions to endear the traditional puppet play to a new audience in the U.S. He taught the mysteries and features of this traditional play, which secured a spot on UNESCO’s list.
The third phase of his Karagoz Trilogy is expected to take place in the future. “Karagoz back to home” features a series of plays with the main theme of homecoming, which symbolically signifies the return of the traditional play to a place considered to be its home territory.
On the other hand, he is a professional actor and writer. He has two books so far published today. The first one is Ucan Balık (Flying Fish), a novella written for children, and the second one is Sahnenin Icindekiler (Inside The Stage), which is a collection of interviews with 15 distinguished artists in Turkey. He is living in Washington D.C., the capital of United States of America.
He is a member of UNİMA-USA.
Hulagu is also the founder of Karagoz Theatre Company.