Faculty

Ma. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete is a professor of theatre at the DSCTA and currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. She has published in the Asian Theatre Journal, Humanities Diliman, Philippine Humanities Review and Diliman Review. She has a PhD (Philippine Psychology) from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is the company manager and a resident director of Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas. The University, through the Office of the President conferred the title University Artist upon her for her valuable contributions in community and children’s theatre. Bonifacio-Ramolete is also one of the recipients of the prestigious The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS) award in 2013.

Josefina F. Estrella has an MFA (Directing) from Columbia University under a Fulbright Scholarship. She is a professor of theatre and directing at the DSCTA and currently serves as the Director of the UP Theatre Complex. Her most recent directorial works include Nana Rosa (2019 and 2020 restaging), Ang Dalagita’y ‘sang Bagay na Di-Buo (2018), Faust (2017), Tisoy Brown: Hari ng Wala (2016) and Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig (2015) for Dulaang UP. The University, through the Office of the President conferred the title University Artist upon her for her valuable contributions in theatre direction.

Juan Ysmael C. Mendoza graduated cum laude from the department in 2016. He is currently an instructor of theatre and is pursuing graduate studies with the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance. He has also earned units in the Juris Doctor program of the University of the Philippines College of Law. Mendoza’s areas of interest include dramaturgy, performance management and community theatre.

Banaue Miclat-Janssen is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program (Acting) from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. As a performer, Banaue has won two Aliw Awards for Best Performance for a New Concept Production and a Best Actress Award for the Metropolitan Opera Getty Awards for Supernumeraries for her performance of Salome in 2009. She directed A Female Heart for the UP Playwrights’ Theatre in 2016 and has performed on the stage of Dulaang UP, Philippine Educational Theatre Association, Ballet Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino. Miclat-Janssen is an assistant professor of theatre and acting and currently the artistic director of Dulaang UP.

Olivia Kristine D. Nieto is a PhilStage’s Gawad Buhay awardee for her performance in Philippine Educational Theatre Association’s Bona. She has a Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She has performed with Dulaang UP, Dulaang Laboratoryo, UP Playwright’s Theatre, the Philippine Educational Theatre Association and the Cultural Center of the Philippines’s Tanghalang Pilipino. An assistant professor of theatre and performance, Nieto is also currently the undergraduate program coordinator of the theatre arts program of the University of the Philippines Diliman Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts. 

Davidson Oliveros graduated with an Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Oliveros is currently the Managing Director of Dulaang UP.

John Carlo V. Pagunaling is a BA (Theatre Arts) graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is a PhilStage’s Gawad Buhay awardee for his costume designs in Philippine Educational Theatre Association’s Rak of Aegis. Pagunaling also earned units in fashion from Slim’s Fashion and Art School and currently pursuing an MA degree in Theatre Arts.

Dexter M. Santos is an award-winning director and choreographer. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He was artistic director of Dulaang UP from 2014 to 2016. His major directorial works include Orosman at Zafira, Ang Kiri, Rizal X, Kundiman Party, among others. His most recent production as a director and as a choreographer was the commercially successful musical Ang Huling El Bimbo, staged at the Resort’s World Manila. Santos is an assistant professor of theatre at the DSCTA. The University, through the Office of the President conferred the title University Artist upon him for his valuable contributions in theatre choreography and direction.

Oscar T. Serquiña, Jr. is currently on study leave from the University to pursue a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne. He has published critical essays on theatre history and performance genealogy in Theatre Research International, Humanities Diliman, Philippine Political Science Journal, Kritika Kultura to name a few. Serquiña has a forthcoming publication “Migration of Migration: Suffering, Performance, and Stardom in Ricardo Lee’s DH” from Kritika Kultura.

Sir Anril P. Tiatco earned his PhD in Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. He studied dramaturgy and cosmopolitan cultures at the University of Manchester. He is the author of the 2019 National Book Awards Best Book on Art Cosmopolitanism, Theatre and the Philippines: Performing Community in a World of Strangers (UP Press, 2018). Tiatco is professor of theatre and performance at the University of the Philippines Diliman Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts. The University, through the Office of the President conferred the title University Artist upon him for his valuable contributions in theatre and performance studies.

Bryan L. Viray has an International Master of Arts in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage (Choreomundus) under an Erasmus Mundus. His most recent publication is a co-authored chapter with Tiatco in the Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics (Routledge, 2019). Viray is an asistant professor of theatre and performance at the DSCTA and is set to pursue PhD in Heritage and Performance Studies at the Australian National University.

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