Philippines

Tanghalang Ateneo, Ateneo de Manila University

Guelan Luarca is a published playwright and translator, actor and director for the stage. He has twice won First Prize in the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his one-act plays “Mga Kuneho” and “Bait.” He recently adapted and directed Desaparesidos, based on the novel by Lualhati Bautista (cited as Best Theater of the Decade by The Philippine Daily Inquirer) about the underground struggle during the
Marcos dictatorship, and an adaptation of Mike de Leon’s film Batch 81, under the title AKO: Alpha Kappa Omega (cited as Best Original Filipino Full-length Material last year, 2019), about fraternity-led violence, a thinly-veiled critique of macho politics under the current dispensation. He last directed Malou Jacob’s Batang Mujahideen for Tanghalang Pilipino about the Moro conflict during the 2000s in Mindanao, Southern Philippines. He has participated in the Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting (TPAM) in Yokohama, and the Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (BIPAM), and many other international festivals, often giving seminars/lectures/delivering papers about Shakespeare, Adaptation, Translation, and other Theater Practices.

He is currently developing a collaborative playwriting process called “Actors-sourced Playwriting.” He teaches Directing, Shakespearean Performance, and Theater Theory in the Fine Arts Department, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. He is the current artistic director of Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running college theater company in the Ateneo.

Artistic Director / Lecturer

Guelan Varela-Luarca

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