Dennis Gupa

Dennis Gupa
Program: PhD Applied Theatre
Credentials

MA Theatre Arts, University of the Philippines; MFA Directing, University of British Columbia

Dennis's research explores how indigenous performance and human settlements are affected by the onslaught of modernities and colonialism. He is interested in the resiliency of indigenous performance through the sacred artistic practice of master artists of the Philippines and Cambodia. He received a scholarship from the Indonesian government to study seni theatre and traditional mask dance (topeng) at Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI) in Bandung. The Asian Cultural Council's Rockefeller Brothers Fund awarded him a fellowship to undertake a director-in-residence program in New York City, where he participated in and observed contemporary theatre directing process with Ma-Yi Theatre Co., National Asian American Theatre Co., and The Juilliard Drama School. Dennis is also a Fellow of  The Philippines' 21, awarded by the Asia Society. His work has won support from the World Banks/Australian Agency for International Development, the Canada Council for the Arts, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, University of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and various local government agencies in the Philippines.