At the forefront of performative engagements in local and global communities

The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA), formerly known as the Department of Speech and Drama, has been a reputable institution in the fields of communication studies as well as performance research and practice for over 60 years. The department boasts of a tradition of excellence as it has produced distinguished scholars, artists, practitioners, critics, and leaders in various industries both in the local and international setting.

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DSCTA Chair Elected Member of IFTR Executive Committee

October 18, 2022

Prof. Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco was elected as an Executive Committee member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). The voting period for elections to the Executive Committee started in August 2022 and ended on 14 October.

 

Tiatco’s membership in the IFTR began in 2008. He started as a New Scholar. He received three bursary awards to attend the federation’s conference – in 2011 (Osaka), 2013 (Barcelona) and 2016 (Stockholm). In 2014, he joined the Asian Theatre Working Group and in 2021, he was elected as the Working Group’s co-convener, vice of Prof. Yasushi Nagata (Osaka University). In June 2022, Prof. Nagata handed over the leadership of the head convener to Tiatco during the IFTR World Congress held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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#TatagUP: Tugon ng UP Diliman sa Hamon ng COVID-19

#TatagUP –a play on “Tatak UP” which embodies the University’s resilience, survival and response– is a portal that will assist all UPD faculty, staff, students, residents, manininda, stall operators and jeepney drivers, among others, providing information on UPD’s new and revised policies and norms.

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Our First Year

A recap of #DSCTAdiyamante2034's first year and the department's role in heeding society's call for truth, academic freedom, and integrity

Isang taon na ang lumipas nang sinimulan natin ang #DSCTAdiyamante2034. Hindi naging madali ang ating paglalakbay dala na rin ng pandaigdigang krisis sa pampublikong kalusugan dulot ng COVID-19. Patuloy pa rin ang isang realidad na binabansagan ng ilang komentarista bilang VUCA— volatile, uncertain, complex, at ambiguous. Hanggang ngayon ay nananatili ang ating pagkabalisa at maaaring nawawalan pa rin tayo ng motibasyon dahil sa mga pabago-bagong balangkas ng pangangailangan. Dumating na rin tayo sa panahong hindi tayo makausad dahil sa kawalan ng katiyakan kung papaano lalabanan ang isang kaaway na hindi man lamang nakikita. Napakahirap ng decision making at naparalisa ang ating nakasanayang normal. Sa katunayan, hanggang ngayon, overwhelming pa rin ang ating pakiramdam sa naturang bagong normal. 

Lalong naging masidhi ang ating mundong ginagalawan dahil sa tila ‘di mapigilang paglipana ng disimpormasyon at fake news. At nito lang nagdaang pambansang eleksiyon, nakita natin ang saklaw ng epekto ng historical revisionism. The national elections affected our small community in the Department along with the larger Filipino society. In fact, even during the campaign period, we felt how the distortion of history worked in favor of a greedy and vindictive administration.