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Layeta Bucoy

Playwright

Bio

  • A Playwright and 5th time Palanca Winner.
  • a member of Writer’s Block and Tokyo’s Rinkogun Theater’s Philippine Bedtime Stories.
  • She’s an associate professor V at the Department of Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.
  • Prof. Bucoy is also part of the Indonesia Public Reading Festival in 2010, the Za-Koenji Public Theater’s 1st Asian Playwrights Conference, and the Melbourne’s Art Centre’s Asian Playwrights Public Reading.

Playwriting Credits

  • (2015) “The Adopted Healthy Baby” , about a college teacher’s fears about the new K-12 curriculum.
  • (2015) “Uod, Butete, at si Myrna,”an educational HIV/AIDS written by Layeta an awareness play which was staged in Virgin Labfest.
  • (2014) “Prinsipe Munti” is a fun mix of storytelling and entertainment through performance with music and shadow play or puppetry, Layeta Bucoy adaptation from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s adaptation; Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince).
  • (2014) Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Kleptomaniacs,” written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio is a brilliant experiment, a socially aware original Filipino rap musical.
  • (2012) “Walang Kukurap” presents an unflinching portrait of Philippine politics without stooping to the level of plain propaganda and aims to “blur the lines between art and life and fiction  and reality.
  • (2012) Layeta’s stage adaptation of “Bona”for the Philippine Educational Theater Association, is a hardworking call center agent who supports her family, including the schooling of her sister’s children.
  • (2011) “El Galeon de Simeon” .
  • (2011) Layeta Bucoy stage adaptation, “Dulaang UP’s Titus Andronicus: Tinarantadong Asintado.
  • 2009)“Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan” ( a story of a respected young doctor, Jess Resureccion who is running for mayor who killed by his own cousin because of political conflict.
  • (2007) Ellas Inocentes” a hypnotic, heartbreaking portrait of a pair of warped childhoods, featuring astonishing performances and astute direction.
  • (1998)“Ang Repleksyon ni Ms. Trajano”

Awards

  • Received 5th Time Palanca Winner.
  • (2015) “The Adopted Healthy Baby” received a first-place 2015’s Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature’s English One-Act Play category
  • (2011) Palanca Award “El Galeon de Simeon”
  • (2009) Palanca Award “Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan”
  • (2007 )Palanca Award one-act play “Ellas Inocentes” (3rd Prize)
  • (1998) “Ang Repleksyon ni Ms. Trajano” was the first  she received an award in the Filipino Teleplay category.

José Estrella

Stage Director

Bio

  • Current Director of the UP Theatre Complex and Board Member (for Theatre) of the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts
  • Currently a Professor at the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Obtained her MFA in directing from Columbia University (New York City) through a Fulbright grant
  • (2016-2018)Received the One UP Professorial Chair in Theatre Directing
  • (2009-2011) Associate Artistic Director for the Virgin Labfest
  • (2009-2010)Executive and Associate Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino
  • (2007) Awarded a grant by the Asian Cultural Council
  • (2001-2007) Artistic Director of Dulaang UP Directing Credits
  • Directed original versions like Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig (original play based on Genet’s Un Captif Amoureux)
  • Directed adaptations and Filipino Translations of world classics and contemporary works such as: Ang Dalagita’y ‘Sang Bagay na Di-buo (her recent work, a Filipino adaptation of Eimear McBride’s novel and Annie Ryan’s stage adaptation) Faust (a Filipino adaptation of Goethe’s play of the same title), Tisoy Brown: Hari ng Wala (adaptation of Ibsens’s Peer Gynt) and Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang (stage adaptation of Cordero-Fernando’s The Magic Circle)
  • Collaborated with various institutions for the staging of important plays such as: Divinas Palabras, Sepharad: Voices de Exilio; Recoged Esta Voz: The Miguel Hernandez Project and The Butterfly’s Evil Spell for Instituto Cervantes; Indigo Child (an original Filipino play for never again: Voices of Martial Law), Three Sisters, a Noh play for Virgin Labfest 3 and Hilat… Aray! (commemoration of the sesquicentennial birth anniversary of Aurelio Tolentino)
  • One of the artist collaborators of Hotel Grand Asia: Lohan Journey, a three-year collaboration project produced by the Setagaya Public Theater and the Japan Foundation Awards
  • A recipient of the UP Centennial Professorial Chair
  • Granted as “University Artist” by the UP Arts Productivity System
  • Featured among “The Wonder Women: Directors of the Philippine Theater” in an online website Theaterfansmanila.com

Maribel Legarda

Stage Director

Bio

  • Ma. Isabel Legarda is currently the Artistic Director and a Senior Artist-Teacher of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).
  • She was also the Artistic Director of the International Festival of Women in the Arts (Philippines, 2002), the Mekong Performing Arts Laboratory (Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, 2005-2009), and the Mekong Arts and Media Festival (Cambodia, 2009).
  • Directing Credits
  • (2017) Recently produced two plays: 1) the site-specific and multidisciplinary performance, “Memory as Place, Place as Memory, on the life of Gregoria de Jesús, a.k.a. Oryang, the Lakambini of the Katipunan at the Bahay Nakpil house in Quiapo; 2) “A game of Trolls” an anti-Marcos play.
  • (2016) she also directed  Yeng Constantino “Ako Si Josephine” A Musical play Featuring the Music of Yeng and her 10th  year working in the industry.
  • Directed and choreographed PETA’s major productions as well as conducted workshops for Dance, Women and Children’s Theater both locally and internationally
  • Her productions of Hans Christian Andersen Must Be Filipinoand “Dreamweavershave toured Holland and Hong Kong.

          Awards

  • (2014) Directed “Rak of Aegis” , a musical-comedy production featuring the hit songs of iconic pop-rock band Aegis and grabbed the lead in the 1st/2nd-quarter citations of the 2014 Gawad Buhay, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, with 16 citations in the performance and technical categories. Rak of Aegis, originally conceived with 30 performances had then performed 165 Standing-Room-Only shows.
  • (2013) “Melodrama Negra” also received nominations for Best Direction and Best Screenplay at the Gawad Urian Awards.
  • (2012) Directed her first full-length, “Melodrama Negra” , as part of the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival which won the Audience Award and was nominated for Best Picture in the said festival.
  • (2012) She received many awards for her notable works such as: “Care Divas”, a show that revolves around five gay Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel who are caregivers by day and drag queens by night as Best Musical, PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Awards, the Philippine Theater’s premiere award-giving body; and awarded as Best Director for “William”, a re-invention of Shakespeare.

Liza Magtoto

Playwright

Bio

  • Liza Magtoto is a freelance scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, film and video and occasionally a feature writer and editor.
  • An active senior member and Artist-Teacher of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)
  • Some of her recent works are “A Game of Trolls (2017), a reminder of our horrific past presenting the ghosts of martial law victims, and “Ako Si Josephine”, a musical featuring the music of Yeng Constantino (2016).
  • She has acted in some theater productions and was last seen in “Emergency” by Sheila Crisostomo and in her very own “Tumawag Kay Libby Manaoag”, a play about violence against women.
  • Her play “St. Anthony Pray For Us” was published in the anthology of ten-minute plays called “10x10x10”.
  • Because of her passion in writing stage plays, she received many awards such as for “Agnoia”, awarded by Palanca and Aliw Awards and was published by NCCA as part of its Ubod Book Series. While its original Filipino version was published in UP Creative Writing Center or Likhaan’s Ang Aklat Likhaan ng Dula 1997-2003. And 2 of her outstanding musical plays are “Caredivas” and “Rak Of Aegis” both received critical acclaims and enjoyed several re-runs.
  • Her plays “Despedida de Soltera”, “Agnoia”, “Nay Isa”, Paigan”, “Pamana” and “Rated PG” won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
  • She also became an editor of the National Cultural Magazine “Makiisa” and its predecessor news letter “Kalinangan”.
  • One of her notable works she wrote was “Balota Queen”, a play about women’s suffrage in the Philippines and one of four plays included in Tanghalang Pilipino (TP)s oraciones.
  • Her play “Hubad” was well-received during the 2005 Virgin Laboratory Festival, a joint project of the Writers Block, Inc. and TP.
  • She has also done translation and adaptation, including Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Bakeretta” (by Chong Wishing) and Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” for stage, a translated version of “Apples from the Desert” for Tanghalang Pilipino.
  • She was one of the Featured Playwrights in the Virgin LabFest where her plays “Isang daan” , “Hubad”, “Piagan”, and “Anonymous” were shown.
  • She also wrote several advocacy plays like “Rated PG” for PETA  which focused on issues like Violence Against Women, Child Trafficking, Children’s Rights, and Reproductive Rights.
  • She also wrote plays about national heroes like “Tandang Sora” and other historical places like the Battle in Pinaglabanan.

Monique Wilson

Stage Director

Bio

  • She began her professional career at the age nine. At 18 she was understudy for the lead role of Kim in the original London West End production of Miss Saigon, later starring in the role.
  • The biggest highlight of her theatre life was bringing “The Vagina Monologues” to the Philippines and eventually meeting its playwright, Eve Ensler. Year 2000 when they produced this stage play.
  • Monique and the New Voice Company featured “My Story’s Rachel Corrie in the Music Museum. It is the Asian premier of the drama about the life of a 23-year-old American who has dedicated his life for peace between the Israeli and Palestinian.
  • The New Voice Company also featured Vagina Monologues in the Philippines. Monique then invited to join the cast of 2008 in New Orleans during the V-day celebrations.

Jenny Jamora

Stage Director

Bio

  • One of the producers of The Red Turnip Theater
  • A director and an acclaimed actress in the Philippines theater scene
  • She performed around Asia for The Vagina Monologues, Aspects of Love (New Voice Company) and A Little Night Music (Atlantis Productions).
  • She was a lead in the world stage debut of Paul Fleischman’s Mind’s Eye, and continues to appear on television and film.
  • She holds a Shakespeare Acting Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and a Master of Science from Texas A&M University.
  • She also heads the Talent Development and Training Committee of the Theater Actors Guild.

Directing Credits:

  • (2017)“Sincerity Bikers’ Club” by Adrian Crisostomo Ho, one-act play of a conversation between friends on the government’s war in drugs.
  • (2016)”SHHH” by Allan Lopez, “Never Again: Voices of Martial Law,” the festival of nine one-act plays delving into that dark period in the country’s history
  • (2016)The 8th Gawad Buhay, Philstage’s Annual Awards Night
  • (2015) “Sa Lilim” by Reya Laplana” The Virgin Labfest 10
  • (2015) “33 Variations” by Moises Kaufman (feature-length directorial debut), a story of mothers and daughters and the legacies we long to leave behind
  • (2015, 2016) “WTF – Wala Talagang Forever…sa Malacañang” by Jon Santos
  • (2008) “Portraits” by Joshua Lim So, Showcase: Festival of Raw Artists
  • (2004) “Passage Through Passages”, New Voice Company Workshop Acting for Adults Showcase.

Awards

  • (2016) Aliw Award Nominee for Acting, “The Blue Room”

Cecile Guidote

Founder of PETA | Stage Director

Bio

  • Founded Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), 1967
  • Youngest Ramon Magsaysay Outstanding Asian Awardee for Public Service, 1972
  • First in the world to be awarded “UNESCO Artist for Peace”, 2003
  • Executive Director of National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), 2006
  • First Filipina to be elected in the International Theatre Institute (ITI)–UNESCO board
  • UNESCO-ITI Philippine Center President as NGO partner of NCCA
  • Director of the Philippine Center of International Theater Institute/Earthsavers designated by UNESCO as the 6th in the world DREAM Center
  • Pioneered the promotion of broadcast theater on TV and radio through “Balintataw”, consistent winner for Best Drama program hailed by CNN as a soap for social change.
  • Her book “Theatre for the Nation: A Prospectus for the National Theater of the Philippines” won the Annual Awards for Outstanding Philippine Books in 2003 given by the Manila Critics Circle.
  • In exile, her production at La MaMa Theatre reaped honors as Outstanding Political Theatre and UN Human Rights Day Award for Cultural Innovation.
  • Staged two original zarzuelas: Dr. Alejandro Roces’ “Something to Crow About” and Isagani Cruz’ “Baler sa Puso Ko” which won the Aliw
    Awards for Best Musicale and Best Musical Director.

Ana Valdes Lim

Stage Director

Bio

  • Ana Valdes-Lim is the first Filipina to graduate from the theater division of the Juilliard School.
  • Began her career with John Houseman’s The Acting Company and Joe Papp’s Public Theater.
  • She is a member of Actor’s Equity, Screen Actor’s Guild and AFTRA
  • She was chosen as one of 100 outstanding students in one hundred years profiled in the Juilliard Centennial magazine.
  • She has been the Artistic Director of METTA, The Marie Eugenie Theater of the Assumption College since 2004 and directs her own Improv troupe for Philippine Playhouse since 2001.
  • Locally, she is recognized in the industry as the premier expert in mask acting – a technique that is used to develop character.

Directing credits:

  • She has directed several original productions such as “3,999”
  • “ Hundred Milyon”
  • “Miracles”
  • “Shakespeare Festival”
  • “Voice of Hope”, which was performed in The Vatican, Rome at the canonization of Assumption’s Foundress, St. Marie Eugenie
  • direct and produce the Youth Night production in Rome

Performing credits:

  • Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It, Joe Papp’s Public Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival’s productions
  • Liat in South Pacific at the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center
  • John Houseman’s Acting Company tour
  • Berkeley Repertory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse

Film acting credits:

  • John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness
  • Ming Na Wen’s young mother in the CBS soap opera As the World Turns

Contributors/Researchers: Vanz Lavado, Aimee Bertulfo, Deborah Padrigo, Jhun Laurito, Jen Herrera, Wynona Galvez

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