Ali Köken was born in Afyon in 1967. He moved to Germany after completing his high school education and studied theater. Köken worked as an actor and director in many theaters and did research on the Traditional Turkish Theater. He wrote more than 30 plays. He is the only master puppeteer of Karagöz in Europe. He organized Karagöz days at the Bremen Museum of Overseas Cultures and granted the many Karagöz figures to the museum. He presented the storytelling performances in Germany. His plays and poems have been published in many magazines and newspapers. He continues his acting and master puppeteer career. In Germany, he is the only Karagöz master performing in German. He works as theater director and master of Karagöz at the Kulturbunker theater in Mülheim, Cologne.