David Finnigan is a writer, theatre-maker and festival producer based in Canberra, Australia. Since 2001, more than 30 of David’s full-length and one-act playscripts have been produced by professional and co-operative companies in Australia, the Philippines and the USA. In 2006 David completed a Writer’s Residency in Manila with Tanghalang Pilipino, and his playscripts have been nominated for the Max Afford National Playwrights Award, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, and his solo show Sun Drugs was nominated for Best Solo Show in the 2010 New Zealand Fringe Festival Awards. Check out his website here.
Jordan Prosser and Sam Burns-Warr are Melbourne-based writers, directors, filmmakers and performers, having graduated in 2009 from the Victorian College of the Arts and Swinburne University respectively. Their two-man show, The Landlords, was the recipient of awards for Best Original Work and Best Ensemble Performance at the 2008 Canberra Area Theatre Awards, and was subsequently performed to critical acclaim at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Their short films have screened at festivals around Australia, and Jordan’s 2009 film Beatrice, Her Beast And The Man From The Cityscreened in England and France. You can read some of Jordan’s other things here.
Radioactive Sago is a Filipino jazz rock band formed in 1999. Fronted by award-winning poet Lourd de Veyra, the band’s sound is a fusion of spoken-word poetry, bebop jazz, and punk. Their main topics are mostly politics, alcoholism, drugs, and any other issues today.
The band has released three albums. The first is the self-titled album Radioactive Sago Project released in 2000, followed by Urban Gulaman in 2004 and Tangina Mo Andaming Nagugutom sa Mundo Fashionista Ka Pa Rin released in 2007.
Teresa Barrozo is an emerging composer and sound designer with a wide range of work for film, theater and dance. Her works include Repertory Philippines’ Next Fall, music and sound design for Virgin Labfest 7’s “Kafatiran” & “The Valley Mission Care”, and Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s “Haring Tubul”. She has collaborated with dance-artist Myra Beltran for “Itim Asu 1719-2009” and theater director and choreographer Tess Jamias for Ballet Philippines’ “Kabaret”. Her works for film have been featured in major international film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno and Rotterdam to name a few. Her work for the film “Kinatay” (Official selection, 62nd Cannes Film Festival; winner, Best Director for Brillante Mendoza) won Best Original Soundtrack at the 42nd Sitges International Film Festival in Spain. She was recently awarded CinemaOne Originals 2011 Best Music for her work in Sari Lluch Dalena’s “Ka Oryang”. In 2010, Barrozo received the Ani ng Dangal Award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Brigada is Manila’s premiere Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble.
Tarsius is a Manila-based band composed of Diego Mapa on laptop and Jay Gapasin on drums. Both individuals are active musicians and are involved in two of the most exciting bands in the Philippines. Diego sings for Pedicab (https://www.facebook.com/PedicabManila) and Jay plays drums for The Radioactive Sago Project (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radioactive-Sago-Project/103644043007671).
Tarsius name is taken from an endangered species– Tarsier which is the smallest monkey in world found in Bohol, Philippines. The band mix all genres of electronic music they love. Their debut “Primate” was assembled solely in Diego’s laptop which is heavy on soft synths, samples, and occasionally going to a rehearsal studio to record Jay’s drum parts.
Sipat Lawin Ensemble (SLE) is an edge work, site-specific theater company composed of young Theater Arts alumni from the Philippine High School for the Arts, and their collaborators.
Changing the landscape of theater performances in the Philippines, Sipat Lawin engages in ensemble and collaborative work as the group aims to develop a contemporary community theater experience shared among artists and audiences inside and/or outside the four walls of the theater.
The Ensemble aims to create and develop new forms of inter-action, social functions and modes of communication. Crossing and blurring boundaries among different performance media, SLE collaborates with top artists from different fields.
Engagement. Proximity. Coverage.
We don’t make plays. We create experiences.
Dulaang Perpetual, established in the early 90’s, is the official resident student theatre organization under the Performing Arts Group of the university. It is composed of bonafide students of the University of Perpetual Help – Las Pinas Campus, who gave a great interest in the performing arts specifically the theatre arts and all aspects of theater production. It aims at promoting arts as an alternative to classroom instructions and means of molding talents of young Perpetualites. It also committed to equip the members with the necessary skills, training and discipline in order to produce the country’s future mentors, trainers, artist in the field of Philippine theater.
Mapua Tekno Teatro is the official performing group for theater of the Mapúa Institute of Technology, Intramuros, Manila. MAPÚA TEKNO TEATRO is under the Center for Cultural Development of Mapúa, together with the Mapúa Cardinal Singers and the Sining Kalinangan Mapúa Dance Company, which aims to promote to students excelling in the technological field the appreciation, participation, and preservation of Filipino culture through the arts. The MAPÚA TEKNO TEATRO was organized in August 2000 with the initial intention of encouraging students to hone their talents in the performing arts and develop well-rounded characters. Currently the group is composed of thirty (30) student members from the different departments of Mapúa.
Bodjie Pascua. Actor. Teacher. Storyteller. Singer. Avid learner. Wanna-be writer.
Gabe Mercado. Founder and Artistic Director – SPIT; As Didi, Zsazsa Zaturnnah – Tanghalang Pilipino; As Male Authority Figure, Hairspray – Atlantis; As Vice Principal Panch – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Ateneo Blue Repertory.