Established in 1976 by the late professor emeritus Antonio “Tony” O.Mabesa, Dulaang UP is the country’s premiere academic theater organization. Originally established as the production arm of UP’s Speech Communication and Theatre Arts Program, it has become a semi-professional group with a regular season.
Dulaang UP has been a vehicle for seasoned theater artists to articulate their visions and to interact with theater students through productions mounted by veteran theatre directors including Anton Juan, Amiel Leonardia, Alexander Cortez, Josefina Estrella, Behn Cervantes and the late Ogie Juliano and Tony Mabesa.
Through their productions, Metro Manila audiences have witnessed masterworks of the world repertoire. These include works by Shakespeare, Brecht, Ibsen, Chekhov, Moliere, Wilde, Williams, Miller, Lorca and Strindberg, among others.
Original Filipino plays staged by Dulaang UP include works by National Artists Nick Joaquin, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero and Bienvenido Lumbera. Other homegrown and renowned writers whose works have been staged by DUP include Severino Montano, Anton Juan, Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio, Boy Noriega, Rene Villanueva, Butch Dalisay, Floy Quintos, Chris Millado and other playwrights.
Dulaang UP has also had the privilege of working with theater designers like National Artist Salvador Bernal, Monino Duque, Gino Gonzales, Leo Abaya, Eric Pineda, Voltaire de Jesus, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Ohm David, John Ilao Batalla, Lex Marcos, Jethro Joaquin and Barbie Tan-Tiongco. It has also been developing emerging and exciting young designers for theatre like Faust Peneyra, Meliton Roxas, Jr., Arvy Dimaculangan, and Carlo Pagunaling.
Students of the Theatre Arts Programs (Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s) are prepared to participate in productions through the mentorship of the division’s faculty members and collaborating artists.
Dulaang UP has established a reputation for innovation and excellence in theatre as a training ground for young talent, a venue for published and new works, and a source of new talent for local and international theatre, cinema, television and even the advertising industries.