Gencay Gürün

Şekibe Gençay Gürün (born 1932) is a Turkish art director, diplomat and politician.

Gencay Gürün
Personal details
Born1932 (age 89–90)
Istanbul, Turkey
Political partyTrue Path Party (DYP)
Other political
Democrat Turkey Party
Spouse(s)Kamuran Gürün (married 1967–2004)
Alma materAnkara University School of Law,
London School of Economics
OccupationDiplomat, art director,
theatre owner, politician

Early yearsEdit

Gencay Gürün was born to Fahri and his spouse Naime in İstanbul in 1932.[1] She graduated from Lycée Français Sainte Pulchérie Istanbul, Lycée Notre Dame de Sion Istanbul and the School of Law of Ankara University. She went to England for a Master's degree in International relations and Diplomacy at the London School of Economics.[2] She returned to Turkey and began serving in the Foreign Ministry. She served in the Common Market Department and later was appointed consul in Paris, France. In 1967, she married to Kamuran Gürün (1924–2004), an ambassador and abandoned her diplomatic career. Due to her husband's occupation, she stayed in Bucharest, Romania and Athens, Greece.[3]


In 1976, the couple returned to Ankara, and in 1979 Gencay Gürün began serving in the Turkish State Theatres as the secretary general and the chief dramaturge. In 1984, she moved to İstanbul to serve as general art director of Istanbul City Theatres. In 1994, she retired from the public service. The next year, Gürün founded her own theatre "Tiyatro İstanbul".[3] In her theatre, she was both a translator and director.[2]

Politics and laterEdit

Gürün joined the True Path Party (DYP), and by the 1995 general election held on 24 December, she was elected as a deputy from İzmir Province in the 20th Parliament. However, on 19 October 1996, she resigned from her political party. Although she briefly joined the Democrat Turkey Party (DTP) on 14 July 1997,[1] she chose to be independent on 12 November 1998.[4] She did not run for a seat in the parliament in the next term.

Her husband died in 2004. She is currently a member of High Commission of the Press Council.


She directed the following plays:[2]