Indigo Child Q&A
Uploaded on: May 8, 2020
About Indigo Child Q&A
Interview with Indigo Child Director José Estrella
On stage directing, women, and the importance of theater in our time
Hosted by Atty. Nicolas Pichay
Why “Lakambini Series”?
“Lakan” means “chieftain” and so, “Lakambini” means “woman leader”. The meaning was only changed to “muse” during the American period.
This May 9, 2020, we are reviving its true meaning. In commemoration of the 145th birthday of Gregoria de Jesus / Ka Oriang, who chose “Lakambini” as her alias in the Katipunan during the Philippine Revolution, we are launching the “Lakambini Series” which aims to celebrate the different “lakambini” in the field of arts as well as feature works that champion women's perspectives on various aspects of life.
In this Lakambini Series video, poet, playwright, and lawyer Nicolas Pichay sits down (via zoom) with his theater colleague, veteran stage director and Indigo Child director, José Estrella.
José Estrella was one of the first women theater directors at a time when men dominated the Philippine theater industry. She is a theater professor in the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP) and is the current director of the UP Theatre Complex. She obtained her MFA in directing from Columbia University (New York City) through a Fulbright Scholarship grant. She is also a Board Member for Theater of the UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts and served as one of the Artistic Directors of Dulaang UP, Tanghalang Pilipino, and Virgin Labfest. And she was featured in "Wonder Women: Directors of the Philippine Theater” by Theaterfansmanila
Among the many plays she masterfully directed are “Indigo Child” (Rody Vera), “Ang Dalagitaý ‘sang Bagay na Di-Buo” (a Filipino rendition of Eimear McBride’s “A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing”), and “Nana Rosa” (Rody Vera).
Creative Producer: Ellen Ongkeko Marfil
Scriptwriter/Segment Producer: Aimee Bertulfo
Editor: Jhamela Tejome
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