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Alexander Cortez


Alexander Cortez is a senior theater specialist in Manila and a leader in the field. Mr. Cortez received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of the Philippines, and he now serves as a professor of theater arts at the University of the Philippines and the Artistic Director of Dulaang UP. An award-winning director and professor, Mr. Cortez has also received recognition from international groups, including fellowships from the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1996 and the British Council in 1994. A versatile actor and one of the most accomplished theater directors in the Philippines, Mr. Cortez is distinguished by his generosity of spirit and availability as a collaborator for his peers and mentor for his students.

Grants Awarded

2012 | Theater | United States

ACC supported Mr. Cortez in his three-month intensive research period in New York, where he explored contemporary theater activities and brought back his knowledge of U.S. theatre culture to his students and colleagues in the Philippines.


The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia

April 6, 2016 - April 24, 2016

Directed by ACC Fellow Alexander Cortez, this play-within-a-play features four male actors portraying four aging actresses as they prepare for a performance backstage.

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