Özgül Akıncı holds BA in Psychology (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul), MA in Cultural Studies (Sabancı University, Istanbul). Her master thesis was published as a book (Humorous and Iconic Memory of An Art Event: Reading the Rural-Urban Divide in the Memory of Assos International Performing Arts Festival) by VDM Verlag in 2009. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Program at UBC and writing her dissertation, “Practical and Theoretical Exploration of the Prostitution Effect in Women’s Contemporary Performing Practices in Turkey”. She conducts performance workshops with women to explore her research material on sex work, prostitution and feminist performance in dialogic, embodied and collective ways. As one of the recipients of Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Doctoral Teaching Scholarship, she designed and currently is teaching Performance, Feminism and Sex Work class (CULT 490) at UBC Okanagan. She is also recipient of University Graduate Fellowship (2012) and Henderson Award in International Development (2011). Her interview with Ruth Bieber (former artistic director and founder of Inside/Out Theatre) will be published at alt:theatre 2015 Spring Issue.