Theatre and movie actress and director. She was born on
the 27th of March 1946. She is the daughter of the opera artist
Semiha Berksoy. She spent her childhood in operas, theatre backstage, foreign
trips and in circuits thanks to her mother. Her mother who was an extraordinary
person was 35 years old when Zeliha was born. Zeliha was three and half years
old when she watched “Decay of Gods” in State Opera of Vienna. She started her
theatre career with small roles in State Theatre. She acted in Cadı Kazanı play in 1958 and entered
Theatre Department of Ankara State Conservatory (1965). She went to
Zeliha Berksoy married Dr. Yıldırım Aktuna who was the
chief of neurology department in Şişli
Meanwhile she was chosen to the play titled Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur which was written
and directed by Vasıf Öngören and would be shown in Ankara Birlik Tiyatrosu
upon the will of Öngören. The role of her mother in the play was played by
Berksoy passed to university in 1980. She established Bakırköy Municipal Theatre which was the 3rd most budgeted theatre of Turkey. She organized and established Melih Cevdet Anday Stage in Beşiktaş Akatlar. She served as a General Art Director during the establishment of Bakırköy Municipal Theatre. Besides she was in the executive board of Yunus Emre Theatre which was founded within Bakırköy Municipal Theatre. During five years she participated to presentations of selected repertoires. After a while she left here due to a disagreement. She took part in many plays in Dostlar Tiyatrosu with Genco Erkal. Within Brecht’s 100th Birthday celebrations she played the role of Jeni in the play Yosma (A collage of Brecht’s plays) reorganized by Genco Erkal.
Zeliha Berksoy directed and played in numerous successful theatre plays and raised countless students in university. Besides she took part in two movie projects in 1989 on end. She played with Kadir İnanır in Film Bitti production of Yavuz Özkan and with Tarık Akan in a movie of İrfan Tözüm.
Zeliha Berksoy performed Brecht concerts starting from
Some of the plas Zeliha Berksoy took part are as following: Jokond ile Si-Ya-U, Yaşasın Savaş, Marlene, Nâzım’a Armağan, Yosma, Keşanlı Ali Destanı, Sofokles’in Antigone’si, Ben; Bertolt Brecht, Yaz, Kafkas Tebeşir Dairesi, Brecht Kabare, Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur and Kaktüs Çiçeği. Some plays she directed are as following: Jokond ile Si-Ya-U, Mutlu Yıllar, Mikadonun Çöpleri, Gözlerimi Kaparım Vazifemi Yaparım and Matmazel Julie.