The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) of De La Salle University (DLSU) will hold the event Ang Teatro Ngayon: A Roundtable Discussion on the State of Philippine Theater, featuring award-winning playwrights and theatre artists Malou Jacob, Rody Vera, José Estrella, Dominique “Nikki” Garde-Torres, Layeta Bucoy, and Maynard Manansala. The project director is Em Mendez, and BNSCWC Associate for Drama and History Dr. Jose Victor Torres will moderate the discussion. This event will be held on 22 February 2020, 130-430pm, at The Verdure, 5/F Multi-purpose Room, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila.

The RTD is part of BNSCWC’s State of the Nation Series, a project which aims to promote critical exchange among artists and scholars on various art forms and their current state in the Philippines.

Layeta P. Bucoy is a multi-awarded playwright, screenwriter, and fictionist teaching at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Acclaimed director José Estrella is a Professor at UP Diliman’s Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts. She holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University through a Fulbright scholarship and is currently Director of the UP Theater Complex. Dominique “Nikki” Garde-Torres is an events manager, a cultural worker, and a writer. Working full-time at CCP, she has acted as Production and Stage Manager of many local and international festivals including the Virgin Labfest and the Wi-Fi Contemporary Dance Festival. Malou Jacob is a documentary video/filmmaker and a playwright who has won prizes from the Palanca, Manila Critics Circle, Unesco ITI Valenzuela Playwriting Competition, Gawad CCP, UMPIL, and SEAWrite. Maynard Manansala, this year’s BNSCWC Writing Fellow for Drama, teaches Filipino at De La Salle University. His plays have been staged in festivals here and abroad. Rody Vera is a multi-awarded playwright, screenwriter, actor/performer, and director. He is co-founder of the Virgin Labfest and currently heads the Writer’s Bloc, Inc, a group of Filipino playwrights.

The event is open to the public, but slots are limited. For reservations and inquiries, please call BNSCWC at 8524-4611 local 233 or email