Taşra Kabare is an arts production center and performance arts venue producing and hosting theatre plays, musicals, movies and concerts.
Founded by actors Cemal Toktaş ve Nergis Öztürk in 2015 as a culture and arts production company, moved to its two-story venue in Kadıköy, İstanbul in August 2016. The Sofa Stage is a multi purpose arts venue which will host plays, screenings & exhibitions whereas the Kabare Stage will serve as a pub theatre which intertwines art and cuisine hosting musical plays and acoustic concerts.
Cemal Toktas is an actor who graduated the Theatre Department of the State Conservatory of Istanbul University. Rewarded 'Best New Actor' by Ankara Film Festival for his movie debut "Black Dogs Barking" (2009), Toktaş received the award 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' from Sadri Alışık Awards and Yeşilçam Awards for his performance portraying Kadri in Mahsun Kırmızıgül's "I Saw the Sun" (2009). Having continued acting in film he is also very well known for the Turkish TV series he starred in such as, “Sıla”, “Doktorlar”, “Tövbeler Tövbesi”, “Böyle Bitmesin” and “Yılanların Öcü”. Toktas is creating and participating in new culture and arts projects under the roof of Taşra Kabare, which he founded with his spouse, actress Nergis Ozturk.
Nergis Ozturk is an actor graduated the Theatre Department of Ankara Universtiy and holds an M.A. in Acting from Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul. Having her movie debut with "Killing the Shadows" (2006), continued her success in film with her roles in films such as, "In Bar" (2007), "Envy" (2009) which brought her the 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' Award in both Adana and Antalya Film Festivals, "Merry-Go-Round" (2010), "Toll Booth" (2010), etc. She also starred in many hit Turkish TV series including “Kızlar Yurdu”, “Hatırla Sevgili”, “Doktorlar” and “Böyle Bitmesin”, whilst continuing her passion in performing in theatre with plays such as "Richard III", "Tartuf Bey", "Oda ve Adam", "Bunu Yapan İki Kişi". Ozturk is creating and participating in new culture and arts projects under the roof of Taşra Kabare, which she founded with her spouse, actor Cemal Toktas.