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.
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.
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.
Feeling the Gen Z energyyyyyy!!!! hahahaha! Visit my TikTok account here. I started the Videoke Acting series on Tiktok, and created a special Christmas series called “Lamig-lamigan School of Gestures.”
Choose your MAIN CHARACTER among our 12 Christmas Lamig-lamigan School of Gestures videos! Available on Tiktok and IG. The acting is so baaaaad but the choices of music and sceneries (Baguio, La Union, Tagaytay, Bulacan, Manila) are awesome. Hello, theatre acting students! Module 1 is on embracing the cringe at our acting choices. Ito na palang videos ang resource materials ko.
PS UP, walang bawian ng tenure. Philstage Gawad Buhay, walang bawian ng Orlina award.
PPS Yes, all videos were shot in the presence of my family. Videos were recorded by my sibling and nibling. Shameless family mascot forever!
PPPS Check out the MORENA SERIES too where I try (I really tried haha) the Ms. Universe walk on different terrains. The song MORENA was sung by a former schoolmate, Roxee B.