Date: 1 Jun 2021, Tuesday
Time: 6.30pm (GMT+8)
Presenter: Tuxqs Rutaquio (PH)
Critic-Facilitator: Katrina Stuart Santiago (PH)

Tuxqs Rutaquio (PH)

Tuxqs is one of few theater workers and educators who has successfully evolved from acting on stage to designing for theater, and to becoming director for the stage. Tuxqs is a recipient of the Gawad Buhay! Philstage Award for Outstanding Set Design for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Coup d’Etat / Kudeta by Mustapha Matura (2008) and A Streetcar Named Desire / Flores Para Los Muertos by Tennessee Williams and adapted by Orlando Nadres (2009). With Rody Vera, Tuxqs won the Gawad Buhay! Philstage Award for Outstanding Stage Direction for 2013’s Der Kaufmann (a Filipino adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice) by Vera, staged by Tanghalang Pilipino. He was Associate Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino and has been Virgin Labfest’s Dramaturg and Festival Director since 2011. From 2012 to 2016, he represented the Philippines at the ASEAN Performing Arts Festival (APAF) in Tokyo Japan. In 2015 and 2016, he directed/devised a piece, Teru Teru! (Shine! Shine!) with Japanese actors performed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Ikebukuro, Tokyo Japan. He graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in Theater Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is currently the Chairperson of the Production DesignProgram at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Katrina Stuart Santiago (PH)

Katrina Stuart Santiago is an independent cultural critic and opinion writer from Manila, with a decade of work in print and online. She holds a Masters Degree in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines, and her critical work on theater, lm, visual arts, and popular culture was published in Rebellions: Notes on Independence and Romances: Variations on Love by the Ateneo de Naga University Press in 2017. Her role as critic has fueled her activism, which cuts across issues of cultural labor, systemic dysfunctions, and institutional crises. She is contributing writer for CNN Philippines, and is teacher of multimedia arts at the College of St. Benilde-School of Design and the Arts. She maintains the review website, the opinion page, and has been writing at since 2008. She is founder of PAGASA-People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action, which seeks to build a new civil society for the urgencies of the present.


The inaugural Master Conversations series focuses on production and technical theatre. Through four in-depth presentations, led by master technical theatre practitioners from Southeast Asia and around the world, critics will get insights into and knowledge in the often under-discussed aspects of performance-making.