The Collaborative Actors Prepare

In this 2-part episode, Zheg Arban and Janna Cortes share their collaborative preparations as student actors for performances before and during the pandemic. We delve deeper into how collaboration in acting activates a safe space to make your co-actors and alternates an enabling presence to your growth on the stage and in life. They provide tips on how to make your acting journals your best friend.

“The Collaborative Actors Prepare Part 1: Collaborative Acting in UP Playwrights’ Theatre’s Nana Rosa” includes a glimpse of my training for student actors as “emotional athletes” through embodied dramaturgy.

In “The Collaborative Actors Prepare Part 2: Actors as Collaborators,” Zheg and Janna reveal how they bring the collaborative acting process into their respective Dulaang Laboratoryo thesis productions and creative works.

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TSH: Theatre Acting and “Going Viral” with Rain Matienzo


Theatre Acting and “Going Viral” with Rain Matienzo

TikTok’s “Conyo Girl” Rain Matienzo shares her experiences in theatre acting classes in college which are the foundations of her preparations for theatre and tv auditions. Rain also tells her stories of losing projects during the pandemic and betting on herself to create opportunities on social media.

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TAWID SA HARBOUR IS BACK! Season 2 is here!

Season 2 is about CENTERING. I am collecting my scattered energies by rooting myself with the people who have been doing great work. I am highlighting my former thesis advisees’ and students’ theses and creative works. I have also invited my closest friends to talk about their recent creative works and research on healing, visual arts, pageants, spoken word, etc.

Part 1: Rain Matienzo

Gian Viatka

Pat Berin

Ela Figura

Janna Cortes

Zheg Arban


Patikim muna… Here’s the link to the intro of TAWID SA HARBOUR Season 2:

Moana ng Hinirang

Likha ni Mark Daniel Dalacat ang disenyo ng set pieces. So proud of you! Happy thesis!

Likha ng Diyos ang ganda ko (See gesture sa 2nd photo).

PS Dito ko na lang ipost kasi kaka-join ko lang sa artistic team at ginawa ko lang ito kagabi. Inggitera much.

PPS Sana sa 3rd installment ng ROSA TRILOGY ni Vera-Estrella ay makasamang muli para bingo na. Papi Rodolfo Vera, yung usapan nating pangalanan na OLIVE NIETO na ang name ng isang character diyan. 😂



TAGAPAGSANAY SA PAGGANAP or ACTING COACH became my official title in Dulaang UP’s Rosang Taba a week before their opening performance. SURPRISE! 😂 I was supposed to assist my thesis advisee in the production but I talked to Issa, one of the directors, if I could assist my current students in my acting class too. When I arrived at the rehearsal venue, I realized that some student-actors took my acting class via Zoom 2 years ago and this was their first time to step on a physical stage. I included them in my training too to build the discipline, confidence and endurance to perform an in-person performance. I realized that it was imperative to bridge the learning gap caused by the pandemic. While troubleshooting and experimenting on acting choices, I was also relearning and unlearning habits, and was discovering new ways of training actors and new approaches to acting.

I joined the DUP artistic team with the expectation to teach one student-actor only. “Lumagkit na ang performance” was the only thing I uttered after a gruelling week of early morning and late night rehearsals squeezed in between shows. With everybody’s hard work and commitment, we finally created a student ensemble. *pwera usog*

A decade ago, I could have chosen a lucrative career as a tv actor or an HR practitioner but instead I chose to teach in a university. This semester reminded me of the joy of teaching and my mad love for acting.

CCP Encyclopedia

On World Theatre Day…

Enjoying some light reading before my panelist duties for an MA student’s proposal defense. 😂 First time ko makita ang physical copy nito. Contributor ako ng details ng plays na Ars Poetica, Despedida de Soltera, at Isang Panaginip na Fili sa CCP Encyclopedia. Fetus me yung nasa photo na naka-wedding gown sa UPTC Curtain Call Festival 19 years ago!