What Else We Do?

From Dulaang UP’s production of Ang Dalagita’y ‘Sang Bagay na Di-Buo, performed during the 2018 National Arts Month, under the direction of José Estrella

Creative Work, Research and Extension Programs

We provide extensive training in the theatre through Dulaang UP, the laboratory arm of the department. Established in 1967, Dulaang UP has since then become the country’s premiere academic theater organization.

Today, Dulaang UP has become a semi-professional group with a regular season. Students of the Theatre Programs are prepared to participate in productions through the mentorship of our esteemed faculty members. 

From the sarsuwela Walang Sugat, performed by the Barasaoin Kalinangan Ensemble during the 2009 University of the Philippines Sarsuwela Festival led by the faculty members of the division.

We conduct research and practice-based-research creative works. Guided by the research and creative work agenda of the division, our research and creative works include topics and subjects ranging from tradition, community, heritage to the theorization of the contemporary and dramaturgy, adaptation and collaboration.

Our research works include publications in prestigious academic journals such as Asian Theatre Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, Modern Drama, Kritika Kultura, Theatre Research International, Humanities Diliman, Philippine Humanities Review among others and in academic presses such as Peter Lang, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge and the University of the Philippines Press.  

The Moriones Festival held annually during the Holy Week season of the Catholic community in the island of Marinduque, one of the field-research sites of our division.

We partner with different professional institutions such as Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), Tanghalang Pilipino at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (TP – CCP), Repertory Philippines, Atlantis Productions and academic institutions such as the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), the Asian Theatre Working Group (ATWG) and the School of Arts and Media of the University of New South Wales and LA SALLE College of the Arts Singapore to supplement our academic, research and extension agendas.

The Department hosted the first International Federation for Theatre Research Trans-Regional Conference in February 2018 with the theme “Bodies in/and Asian Theatre/s.” The conference was also supported by the Asian Theatre Working Group.
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