Dulaang Filipino (DF), the College’s resident theatre company won the award for Best International Amateur Theatrical Show from the Confederación de Teatro Amateur (EscenAmateur), last April 2 at the Berlanga Hall of Madrid, Spain for their retelling of the Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus.
Since the production Oedipus gained massive recognition when it became the representing entry from the Philippines for the Mont-Laurier International Theatre Festival in Québec, Canada last September 2015, it has received praise elsewhere—most recently from EscenAmateur, Spain, in the recently-concluded annual EscenAmateur Awards, a series of awards for excellent work in amateur theater.
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In an interview with The Benildean, DF company manager Ian Santos said the success of the organization came from each and every one who were part of the production. Santos added everyone gave their talent, time, dedication, passion, and love to DF which made everything possible.
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“Tuloy pa din kami sa training namin. Patuloy pa din kaming mag-aaral at mage-ensayo at sa paghahasa ng mga talento namin (We’ll still continue with our training. We will continue to study well in school and at practice our craft regularly so that we’ll be able to develop our skills),” Santos said of the future plans for the group.
Currently, the theatre company is working to exceed the achievement. According to Santos, the Benildean community can also expect more productions, having just wrapped up casting auditions last April 7,
EscenAmateur is a non-profit theater confederation based in Spain that collaborates with numerous amateur theater organizations across the country. Since 2009 they have worked to bring recognition to non-professional theater through a number of initiatives, one such is the EscenAmateur Performing Arts Awards, designated this year as the Juan Mayorga Awards (in homage to the accomplished Spanish director and theater essayist of the same name).
The EscenAmateur Awards are sponsored by the Spanish General Association for Authors and Publishers, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain.