The Turkish State Theatres (Turkish: Devlet Tiyatrolar? - DT) is the official directorate of the national theatre companies in Turkey. It is bound to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and financed by the state to promote performed arts and enhance the public interest they receive. As of 2007, the directorate employs around 2,200 people including more than 700 actors and about the same number of stage technicians.
The directorate owns more than 52 stages in 19 different cities (Ankara, ?stanbul, ?zmir, Bursa, Adana, Antalya, Trabzon, Konya, Sivas, Diyarbak?r, Van, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Malatya, Elaz, Samsun, Çorum, Zonguldak and Kahramanmara?), staging about 120 productions in its venues and reaching an audience of about 1.5 million each theatre season also by organizing tours all around Turkey.
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