30 May 2024


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Dulaang UP Studio: Workshop with Acclaimed Actress Dolly de Leon

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Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (Dulaang UP) is set to kickstart the launch of DUP STUDIO with Dolly de Leon entitled Auditioning for a Role and Landing It. The award-winning film and theatre actress Dolly de Leon will serve as a mentor to six participants for the first-ever Studio Work of the program. This will also be open to the sit-in participants to witness the session first-hand.

The DUP STUDIO aspires to become a mainstay in Philippine theatre education, especially catering to aspiring artists and artists-at-heart. Inspired by a series of colloquia organized by the UP Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts on its 60th founding anniversary in 2019, DUP Studio is set to become the extension arm of Dulaang UP in making theatre education accessible to a wider range of students, educators, and enthusiasts from the seasoned to the novice.

As an alumna of the pioneering batch of the Certificate in Theatre Arts program at the University of the Philippines, Dolly de Leon pays homage to her theatre training at the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts by sharing her audition techniques. This is the trend DUP Studio seeks to sustain–welcoming back the talents it has honed over the past four decades to inspire a new breed of artists and enthusiasts.

DUP Studio Work will not be limited to stage acting, however, as the avenue recognizes the changing performance landscape. DUP Studio dramaturgs Olive Nieto, Tess Jamias and Issa Manalo Lopez aim to gather workshop facilitators from homegrown and international contemporary performance makers across the creative industries, both onstage and offstage, on-camera, and behind the scenes. The studio aims to create a space for deep and genuine connections to contextualize and respond to the current issues and trends in theatre, performance studies, and the creative industries.

The pilot Studio Work, “DUP STUDIO with Dolly de Leon: Auditioning for a Role and Landing It”, is open to those building their professional and creative portfolios. Workshop rates range from 5,000.00 pesos for the mentored participants and 1,200.00 pesos for the sit-in participants. This will be soon sold on the Ticket2Me platform. The workshop will be held at the newly-furnished IBGKAL Theatre, University of the Philippines Diliman, on 25 November 2023 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Dolly de Leon has recently co-starred with Kathryn Bernardo in the box-office hit “A Very Good Girl” and gained international acclaim for her role in the Palme d’Or-winning Triangle of Sadness. In June 2023, de Leon was invited to be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the annual Oscars or Academy Awards.

Other prominent DUP Alumni include Eugene Domingo, Irma Adlawan, Neil Ryan Sese, Lani Sumalinog, Micah Pineda, and Martha Sta. Barbara, Shamaine Buencamino, and Sigrid Andrea Bernardo.

For inquiries and further information, contact or email du***********@up.ph. Bulk ticket orders for schools and student organizations may be addressed to Kate Dayag-Nonay at du*********************@up.ph. More registration details will be posted on the Dulaang UP Facebook page.

*with contributions from Issa Manalo Lopez and Eija Maxene Lozano

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