Estrella, J.F.

Josefina F. Estrella is a Professor at the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman. She obtained her MFA in directing from Columbia University (New York City) through a Fulbright scholarship.


She has regularly directed original versions, as well as adaptations and Filipino translations of world classics and contemporary works. Among her recent works include Ang Dalagita’y ‘sang Bagay na Di-Buo (adaptation of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing); Faust (adaptation of Goethe’s play of the same title); Tisoy Brown: Hari ng Wala (adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt); Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig, an original play based on Jean Genet’s Un Captif Amoureux and some events from his life; Adarna; and Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang (stage adaptation of Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s The Magic Circle).

She has collaborated with various institutions for the staging of important plays such as Divinas PalabrasSepharadVoces de ExilioRecoged 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; Labor Room for Virgin Labfest 14; and Hilat!…Aray! in commemoration of the sesquicentennial birth anniversary of Aurelio Tolentino. She was also 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.

In 2007, she was awarded a grant by the Asian Cultural Council. She was conferred as University Artist by the UP Arts Productivity System and also received the One UP Professorial Chair in Theater Directing (2016-2018). She is also a recipient of the UP Centennial Professorial Chair (2017-2018, 2018-2019). She served as Artistic Director of Dulaang UP (2001-2007), Executive and Associate Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino (2009-2010), and Associate Artistic Director for the Virgin Labfest (2009-2011). She is currently Director of the UP Theater Complex and Board Member (for Theater) of the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA).

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