Playwright. He was born on November 29, 1947 in Kırşehir. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Department of Theater (1974). He completed his masters’ degree at the same department. He worked as theater expert at Hacettepe University, Institute of Music and Fine Arts, Theater Branch (1974-1983). His first play, named Dağların Türküsü was staged here under the name “Keklik”. He began to work as a dramaturgist at State Theaters in 1983.
His first play staged at professional level is “Batakhane Güzeli”. Batakhane Güzeli was also awarded in TOBAV’s play contest; and it was staged at Izmir Public Theater, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus State Theater, and in different cities of Turkey such as Zonguldak, Samsun, İstanbul, Düzce, Kayseri. Canatan was involved in directing during his university years and afterwards; and he also wrote articles on theater in journals such as Türk Dili, Sanat Rehberi, Adam Sanat. He received the Youth Play Award of Çankaya Municipality with his play named Dağların Türküsü.
“Evin Kadınları is a play about the loneliness of individual, his incompatibility with the outer world, his inactivity against the circumstances, his activity in a sense, and the resistance of women against the morals, the move towards freedom and independence.” (Evin kadınları, cover).
Evin Kadınları (1995), Dünyanın Düzeni (play), Beş Hikâye (play), Çukur (play), Pirinçler Yeşerecek (play), Kral Oidipus (play), Savaş Oyunu (play), Dağların Türküsü (Keklik named play), Batakhane Güzeli.
REFERENCE: Erman Canatan / Evin Kadınları (1995), İhsan Işık (TEKAA, 2009).