Viray, B.L.

Bryan Levina Viray is assistant professor of theatre and dance studies at the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA), College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman.

He is currently the MA (Theatre Arts) Program Adviser/Coordinator of the DSCTA. He also serves as Project Development Associate of the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts. He was the Managing Director of Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (DUP) from 2015 to 2018.  He has also been invited as dramaturg, co-chair, and/or member of the committees in-charge of UP Diliman institutional events such as Gawad Chancellor, Pag-iilaw, Lantern Parade, among others.

He has received research dissemination grants, travel grants, and scholarships from various institutions like the UP System, UP Diliman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, IFTR-Asian Theatre Working Group, Commission on Higher Education, Nusantara Performing Arts Research Center in Malaysia, The Japan Foundation Manila, Japan Student Services Organization, and the European Union to present papers at the local and international conferences, pursue short study programs, and finish an Erasmus Mundus graduate program. 

He is a recipient of the 2019-2021 One UP Faculty Grant (FG) Award in Theatre (Performance Studies) for Outstanding Teaching and Creative Work in UP Diliman.

Most recent publications: (for the complete list of his publications, click here).


(co-authored with Tiatco, SAP). “From Revolution to Figuration: A Genealogy of Protest Performances in the Philippines.” In Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, ed. by Peter Eckersall and Helena Graham, Chapter 20: Pp. 89-92. London and New York: Routledge.

“Greeting the Virgin Mary: The Dancerly Attitudes of the Bati in Salubong” In Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature (Special Issue on Narrativizing Dancing Bodies), vol. 18, no. 1, 83 – 112. 

(co-authored with Tiatco, SAP and JR Javier). “The Philippine Performance Archive on Cultural Performances: The Archive as a Performative Cultural Memory.”In Digital Humanities and New Ways of Teaching, edited by Ann Wing-bo Tso, pp. 33-52. Singapore: Springer.


(co-authored with Tiatco, SAP). “Performing Human Rights: Pista Rizalina’s Interrogation of Martial Law, Extra Judicial-Killings and Historical Revisionism at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.” In JATI: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 215 – 239.

Most recent creative projects (for a complete list of his creative projects, click here).

Director. Sound Installation. Lupang Hinirang: Mga Kuwento ng Pagsasalugar sa UP Diliman, an Exhibition. February – March 2019

Co-Dramaturg. JV Ibesate’s Tulad ng Dati. Virgin Labfest 2018. Director: Olivia Kristine D. Nieto. July 2018

Co-Dramaturg. Ang Dalagita’y ‘Sang Bagay na Di-Buo. Dulaang UP. Director: José Estrella. Adaptation: Rody Vera. February 2018

Dramaturg. A&Q: A Documentary Theatre on the Big Issue with Jesca Prudencio. 1 -3 December 2017

Dramaturg. Aurelio Tolentino’s Hilat! Aray! (Stage Reading)Tinig ng Pakikibaka. UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts. Director: Jose Estrella. 19 October 2017

Dramaturg. Putri Anak: Isang Bagong Komedya. UP College of Music and Center for International Studies. Directors: Jina Umali, Grace Jaramillo, Angel Baguilat, Jeremy dela Cruz. April 2017

Co-Dramaturg. Faust. Dulaang UP. Director: José Estrella. Adaptation: Rody Vera. February 2017

Most recent conference presentations (for a complete list of his conference presentations, click here).

A Cosmopolitan Ethos in Sustaining and Developing Cultural Heritage, 8th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2019), University of Malaya, Malaysia | 2-4 December 2019

Performing Cultural Memory of University of the Philippines Diliman: the 70th Year of Exodus, 2019 International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China | 11 July 2019

Theatricality of Coronation Ritual in Marinduque Island, Philippines: A Communal Choreographic Experience, International Federation for Theatre Research – Asian Theatre Working Group Colloquium 2019, Korea University of Arts, Seoul, Korea | 21-22 February 2019

Embodied Nation in Protest: Toward a Genealogy of Protest Performances in the Philippines (with Sir Anril P. Tiatco), Joint International Federation for Theatre Research Trans-Regional Conference and Asian Theatre Working Group International Colloquium 2018, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman | 21 – 23 February 2018

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