Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts

College of Arts and Letters

University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

The Khlong Bang Luang Artist House, Bangkok, Thailand (Photo: Bryan Viray)

Program Goals:

+ Understand the self, Philippine society and culture through theatre, cultural performance, and live events;

+ Conceptualise and design live performance events;

+ Reflect on the role of theatre and performance in world histories;

+ Produce theoretically-informed research and creative projects in theatre and performance.

Program Tracks:
Theatre Practice. Designed for theatre and performance designers / theatre directors / stage managers / practitioners. The program requires 39 units of course work and a creative project approved and evaluated by the theatre faculty members and invited theatre artists as panel members

Theatre Studies. Designed for scholars / teachers / researchers / critics and those who would like to pursue higher education (i.e. doctoral program). The program requires 33 units of course work and 6 units of a master’s thesis.

Core Courses:

Both tracks require the following courses:

Theatre 201: History of the Theatre I

Theatre 202: History of the Theatre II

Theatre 203: Theory in Theatre and Performance

Theatre 207: Cultural Performances in Asia

Theatre 208: Analyses and Praxes of Theatre and Performance

Theatre 299: Research

Panitikan ng Pilipinas 261: Dula ng Pilipinas

Electives for Theatre Practice track:

Theatre 211: Production Design and Technical Theatre

Theatre 212: Performing Arts Management

Theatre 221: Studies in Acting

Theatre 231: Studies in Directing

Theatre 241: Studies in Dramaturgy

Theatre 251: Studies in Playwriting

Theatre 291: Seminars in Selected Areas of the Theatre (maybe taken twice provided the selected areas of theatre are different)

Theatre 298: Special Problems

Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas’ Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang, direction: Jose Estrella (2012)

Application Requirements:

  1. Letter of application stating the applicant’s purpose(s) and specific field(s) of interest (original and photocopy)
  2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work, if any (original and two photocopies)
  3. Accomplished GSO recommendation forms from two (2) former professors and/or employers
  4. Two (2) copies of accomplished GSO application form, each with 2” X 2” photo
  5. Copy of marriage contract (if name on transcript is different from current name)
  6. Proof of experience in theatre production
  7. Entrance test or interview conducted by the graduate faculty
  8. Non-refundable application fee (payable to the Cashier’s Office)
    1. Php 100 (one hundred pesos) for Filipino citizens;
    1. Php 200 (two hundred pesos) for resident aliens; or US$25 for non-resident aliens
  9. Put all the requirements inside a long brown expandable envelope.

Interested applicants may send their requirements to:

Dean Ma. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, PhD

Through Channels

Graduate Studies Office, College of Arts and Letters

University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City 1101

For inquiries:

Visit UP Diliman CAL Graduate Studies 2018 Facebook Page.

Email: CAL Graduate Studies Office c/o Jesa Domingo at graduatestudies.cal1102@gmail.com

MA(TA) Program Adviser Bryan L. Viray at theatreadmissions.upd@up.edu.ph

Dulaang UP’s Bagong Cristo, direction: Alexander Cortez (2017)

Research and Creative Projects

The graduate faculty members of the theatre division are involved and interested in the following research and creative projects:

  • theatre, performance, and the digital;
  • devising and post-dramatic theatre;
  • performance curation;
  • puppetry and multi-media performances;
  • traditional theatre forms in the Philippines and Asia;
  • contemporary performance practices;
  • theatre and performance adaptations;
  • theatre and the city;
  • performance in Opera;
  • rituals as performances;
  • dance-theatre;
  • cultural performances

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