Elevating Filipino Theater: REP and MINT College Launch The Bridge Project for Aspiring Artists


The Bridge Project

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Repertory Philippines (REP), a leading theater company, has joined forces with Meridian International College (MINT) – A Business, Arts, and Technology School to pave the way for a new era in Filipino theater. The partnership aims to empower a fresh wave of Filipino theater practitioners, fortify the local theater industry, and provide educational opportunities with a global perspective.

The official signing ceremony, held at the Makati Garden Club on January 8, marked the commencement of The Bridge Project. This innovative skills exchange program is set to unfold under the guidance of REP's 2024 season opener, "Betrayal," featuring a distinguished lineup of theater professionals.

Directed by Victor Lirio, a Manila-born luminary with a wealth of experience in New York and London, Betrayal promises to be a theatrical masterpiece. Lirio will lead The Bridge Project alongside London's West End-based Filipino actors James Bradwell, James Cooney, and Vanessa White, as well as New York-based Filipino creatives, set designer Miguel Urbino, and sound designer Fabian Obispo.

The Bridge Project aims to enrich the skills of Filipino theater artists through a series of masterclasses, lectures, and readings, covering various aspects such as voice and scene work, set and sound design, and even Shakespearean rhetoric. Hosted at the MINT College campus, the program is meticulously designed to foster collaborative learning among aspiring artists.

Established in 2010, MINT College has been a torchbearer for the arts, offering specialized degrees in Music Business Management, Multimedia Arts, Film and Video, Performing Arts, and Fashion Management and Design.

REP President and CEO, Mindy Perez-Rubio, expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, "We are delighted to join forces with MINT College on The Bridge Project. This partnership reflects our commitment to nurturing young talent and providing them with the tools they need to succeed in the performing arts industry."

Hendrik Kiamzon, Executive Vice-President of MINT College, shared his perspective on the collaboration, stating, "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. The Bridge Project will offer them a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn from theatrical experts."

For those seeking updates or additional information, inquiries can be directed to marketing@repphil.org or through social media channels on Facebook and Instagram - @repertoryphilippines. The launch of The Bridge Project signifies a transformative moment for Filipino theater, promising a bright future for the next generation of performing arts enthusiasts.