We are the Theatre and Performance Studies Division of the University of the Philippines Diliman Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA).
Originally part of the discipline of speech and drama, the division of theatre was formally instituted and recognized in 1974 when the Department of Speech and Drama was renamed to the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, to which it is known today.
Our roster of regular faculty members consists of acclaimed theatre practitioners and esteemed academics trained in prestigious institutions here and abroad.
To date, our division has produced one Professor Emeritus, five University Artists (the highest award given to an artist or an art scholar in the University of the Philippines on the basis of outstanding productivity in the creative arts and scholarship for national development), one recipient of the National Book Award, five recipients of the Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Guro, three Centennial Professorial Chairs grantees, one grantee of the Centennial Faculty Grant, three recipients of the One UP Faculty Chair, four grantees of the One UP Faculty Grant, five Aliw Awardees, two PhilStage’s Gawad Buhay Awardee, five winners of the Carlos Palanca Award for Literature, one recipient of the Outstanding Woman in Nation’s Service award, among other university and national recognitions.
The division aims to be the Univesity’s premier center for theatre and performance practice and discourse. To achieve this, the division provides students the knowledge and competencies to come to terms with the complexity of recasting the theatre and performance as transformative concepts.
The Associate in Arts (Theatre) program is a craft-oriented designed to train prospective theatre practitioners in the creative industries.
The curriculum of the Undergraduate Program is leaning towards intellectual praxes through practice-based-research and performance-led-research activities and critical interrogations of theatre and performance as socio-cultural idioms for the understanding of the self, society and culture. To date, we offer five areas of specializations: theatre and performance studies, performance, dramaturgy and directing, theatre management, technical theatre and design.
The Graduate Program is designed for those who want to acquire a solid theoretical and scholarly foundation in theater. To date, we offer two tracks: the theatre practice track and the theatre studies track. The former requires 39 units of course work and a creative project approved and evaluated by the theatre faculty members and invited theatre artists as panel members, while the latter requires 33 units of course work and 6 units of a master’s thesis.