company Repertory Philippines (REP) has teamed up with the Meridian International College (MINT) – A Business, Arts and Technology
School to bolster a new generation
of Filipino theater practitioners, strengthen the local theater industry, and
broaden educational opportunities with a global perspective.
REP and MINT College made their partnership
official through a ceremonial signing on January 8 at the Makati Garden Club. The
noteworthy occasion marks the roll-out of The Bridge Project, the skills
exchange program to be conducted by REP’s 2024 season opener Betrayal’s
esteemed lineup of theater professionals.
Betrayal is the renowned play by British theater
icon Harold Pinter which premieres in March 2024. REP’s Betrayal director,
Victor Lirio, the Manila-born, New York and London-based actor and theater
director, leads The Bridge Project together with London’s West End-based
Filipino actors James Bradwell, James Cooney, and Vanessa
White, and New York-based Filipino creatives, set designer Miguel Urbino
and sound designer Fabian Obispo.
The Bridge Project provides Filipino
theater artists and aspirants free masterclasses, lectures, and readings that
will enhance their theater skills like voice and scene work, set and sound
design, and even Shakespeare rhetoric. With the MINT Campus as the official
venue, the program is designed to deliver collaborative learning.
Founded in 2010, MINT College places a
premium on the arts by offering a variety of specialized art-related degrees
such as Music Business Management, Multimedia Arts, Film and Video, Performing
Arts, and Fashion Management and Design.
“We are delighted to join forces with MINT
College on The Bridge Project,” says REP President
and CEO Mindy Perez-Rubio. “This partnership reflects
our commitment to nurturing young talent and providing them with the tools they
need to succeed in the performing arts industry.”
“At MINT College, we believe in empowering
deserving artists to pursue their passion while developing the essential skills
for a successful career in performing arts,” shares Hendrik Kiamzon,
Executive Vice-President of MINT College. The Bridge Project will offer them a
unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn from theatrical