About

performance maker, teacher.

Olive Nieto

is an assistant professor at the UP Diliman Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts. She is a performer and dramaturg.

She 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.

In October 2020, she was commissioned as one of the seven Initiating Artist for Ripples, a project of Intercultural Roots.

In 2018, she received a grant from the Japan Foundation and the Tokyo Arts Council. She performed and devised the performance “A New Normal Cinderella” with artists from Japan, Indonesia, and Taiwan at the Tokyo Festival: Asian Performing Arts Forum (APAF).

She acts and directs at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Writer’s Bloc’s the Virgin Labfest.

She won the Outstanding Female Featured Performance Award in the 2012 Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards for her performance in PETA’s Bona.

Asst. Prof. Nieto is experimenting creative works with playwright Prof. Layeta P. Bucoy. Her first collaborative work with Prof. Bucoy is a series of MonoVlogs (Monologue + Vlogging) that started on the first week of the Metro Manila lockdown due to COVID-19. They are exploring new forms of doing and teaching theatre and performance using the digital platform. The MonoVlog is adopted by Sining Banwa (a community theatre in Bikol), the Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors Company (professional theatre company at the CCP), and UP Los Banos’ Icebag Online (UPLB Alumni and Zamboanga artists). Their second work together is the devised performance entitled “El Traje Dela Cuerpo Conquistada (The Trail/Gown of the Conquered Body).” The project acknowledges and dismantles ongoing legacies of colonialism and neo-colonialism at the local level by rendering to performance Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere”. The performance aims to participate in decolonizing narratives traversing the cultural and historical significance of saints, Maria Clara (image), and the modern day Filipina by using the traje (trail/gown) as a device that intertwines the native and the foreign, and by recognizing the agency of the colonized body in the traje.

She is also a current member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). Her paper entitled “The Collaboration Conundrum: The Case of “A New Normal Cinderella: A Bedtime Story for Adults” at the APAF, Tokyo Festival 2018” will be presented in IFTR 2021, National University of Ireland, Galway; and of the Australia Drama Studies Association (ADSA). Her performance-lecture with playwright Layeta P. Bucoy entitled “MonoVlog, an Emergen(t)cy Digital Performance” will be presented in ADSA 2020: Acts of Gathering the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Area: Acting for the stage, film, and television; embodied narrative dramaturgy in performance; performance in digital platforms; theatre and events management.