1938, Tavşanlı / Kütahya – d. Amsterdam,
15 May 1984). Ferit Öngören is his brother.
He studied at İstanbul
University, Department of
Geophysics for some time. Going to Germany
in 1961, he studied Epic Theatre in West and East Berlin.
After he worked as a stage director in Ankara,
he settled in Holland. He gave theatre courses to Turkish youngsters
at a foundation called STIPT in Amsterdam
for two years.
His first play Göç
(Migration) was performed at the Gençlik Tiyatrosu (Youth Theatre).
Being one of the pioneers of Epic Theatre in Turkey, Vasıf Öngören became well
known for his play Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur (How
Will Asiye Be Rescued?, 1970). Some of
his plays were adapted for the cinema.
With his play Zengin Mutfağı (Rich Cuisine), he received the 1977
İsmet Küntay Award and the 1977-78 Award given by the Art Appreciation
PLAY: Göç (Migration, 1967), Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur (How Will Asiye Be
Rescued?, 1970), Almanya Defteri
(German Notebook, a new version of the play Göç, 1971), Oyun Nasıl Oynanmalı (How a Play Should
Be Acted, 1974), Zengin Mutfağı (Rich
NOVEL: Masalın Aslı (Origin of the