Tanghalang Ateneo

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Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theatre company of Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University, weaves into its work the theatrical traditions of the University’s sesquicentennial past: the devotion of the salon de actos at the Escuela Municipal, the eloquence of the Ateneo Dramatics Guild, the joie de vivre of the Ateneo Players Theatre, and the innovative spirit of the Ateneo Experimental Theatre. Like these companies, Tanghalang Ateneo uses the theatre to foster eloquentia, sapientia, and humanitas – the pillars of Jesuit pedagogy. It sees itself as a theater company in the service of student formation, and by extension, given the Jesuit ideal of magis, a theater as well in the service of the nation.

Since its founding in 1972, and given formal recognition in 1979, Tanghalang Ateneo has grown from a fledgling band of student players to one of the country’s leading school-based theatre companies. Its repertoire of plays is daunting: world classics, Filipino originals, and documentary texts turned into theatre pieces. Its productions are noted for their thought, generosity and energy, while its lingua franca on stage is Filipino and English. Its members come from diverse academic fields. Many have pursued careers in theater, television, and film; many more use their theater experience to excel in management, law, teaching, human resources, as well as in the media and in the culture industry. Professional theater actors have graced its shows, and several outstanding designers and choreographers have served in its artistic staff. Moreover, its audience base extends outside the campus to embrace students in schools within and outside the metropolitan area.

Tanghalang Ateneo has won Aliw Awards for Best Non-Musical Production and Best Director (for Ricardo Abad) for 2008 and 2012. The company has also received production grants from the Loyola Schools, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation. Its shows have also been shown in campuses and venues across the country, and recently in international festivals. Its past achievements have also facilitated the creation, in School Year 2000-2001, of a degree program in Theatre Arts within the Fine Arts Program of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Tanghalang Ateneo productions educate and delight; they also stimulate the imagination and provoke thought. Jesuit pedagogy fuses with theatre arts to interrogate the Filipino social world so that students can invent themselves as critical Filipinos – sharp in thought, expressive in action, deep in faith, and attuned to others, fellow players and audiences whose lives intersect with their own.

Ricardo G. Abad has been the Artistic Director and Moderator of Tanghalang Ateneo since 1984. Salvador F. Bernal, National Artist for Theater Design, served as the company’s Resident Production Designer from 1996 until his death in 2011.


Tanghalang Ateneo descends from a long line of Ateneo theater companies, the Ateneo Dramatics Society and the Ateneo Experimental Theater, among others-which flourished in the college campus since its pre-war days at Padre Faura. It started out in 1974 as a group of friends who wished to stage plays, and having no theater to speak of on the Loyola Heights campus, scheduled performances at the college cafeteria. The group pressed the administration for a more suitable venue, and by 1978, a large classroom, seating about 80 people, was converted to a theater of sorts. In the old classroom, the group constructed wooden grids, light boxes, transformed a huge piece of canvass into a cyclorama, built an enclosed control booth, and draped windows with dark curtains, this is now called the Fine Arts Theatre. However, since 1989, Tanghalang Ateneo has been staging plays in a 250-seater theater called the Rizal Mini-Theater and recently, in other venues within the Loyola Schools such as the Fine Arts Exhibit Hall.

The officers drafted a constitution, got recognized as a co-curricular organization in college, and recruited Ricardo Saludo, a faculty member of the Departments of English and of Communications, to serve as moderator. In 1979, under Saludo, Tanghalang Ateneo’s first repertory season began. The repertory season of Filipino plays, original or in translation continued even after Saludo left to join Asiaweek magazine in Hong Kong in 1984.

He was succeeded by Dr. Ricardo G. Abad, the current artistic director, who retained the repertory program but added English plays as part of its annual fare. Tanghalang Ateneo productions have also been seen off campus: over the last nine years, the company has performed in the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Theater, the Puerto Real Gardens, the Ninoy Aquino Park, the British Council, the Alliance Francaise, Vigan, Iloilo, Nueva Ecija, and a lot more.

As a college theater company, Tanghalang Ateneo’s primary mission is educational: It seeks to supplement the liberal arts program of the Ateneo de Manila University by exposing students to dramatic masterpieces, both classical and modern, and by instilling in company members the lessons of theater work-cooperation, responsibility, discipline, generosity and truth. One of the criteria in its selection of plays, as gleaned from the season’s repertoire, is a preference for plays that will enjoin audiences to reflect more about their own private worlds and the relationship of these worlds to the larger society.


  • First Season (1979–1980)
    • Naibigan Mo Sana ang Sauna
    • Ramona Reyes ng Forbes Park
  • Second Season (1980–1981)
    • Kilabot ng Makiling
    • Isa Pang Bayani
    • Taong Pang Habang Panahon
    • Ang Belen
    • Ang Sala
  • Third Season (1981–1982)
    • Ang Inspektor
    • Eksena!
    • Adriano VIII
    • Ang Katubusan
  • Fourth Season (1982–1983)
    • Naibigan Mo Sana ang Sauna
    • Sigwa!
    • Kiko Kulang-Kulang
    • Banal at Baliw
  • Fifth Season (1983–1984)
    • 1+1=3/Two Act Plays
    • Paraisong Parisukat
    • Angel sa Impiyerno
    • Kilabot ng Makiling
  • Sixth Season (1984–1985)
  • Seventh Season (1985–1986)
  • Eighth Season (1986–1987)
    • Pagsabog ng Liwanag
    • Antigone
    • Two Plays/Benefit Show
    • Taong Grasa
    • Orinola
    • Tatlong Katuwaang Tig-iisang Yugto
    • Ang Pamamanhikan
    • The Boor
    • Ang Anibersaryo
  • Ninth Season (1987–1988)
    • Paghihintay kay Godo
    • The Importance of Being Earnest
    • Tasulok II
    • Gabun
    • Alex Antiporda
    • Ang Sopranong Kalbo
  • Tenth Season (1988–1989)
    • Felipe de las Calas
  • Eleventh Season (1989–1990)
    • Bb. Julie
    • Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You
    • Doon Po sa Amin
  • Twelfth Season (1990–1991)
  • Thirteenth Season (1991–1992)
  • Fourteenth Season (1992–1993)
  • Fifteenth Season (1993–1994)
  • Sixteenth Season (1994–1995)
  • Seventeenth Season (1995–1996)
    • Isang Pangyayari sa Planas Site
    • Tuwaang: Isang Epikong Manobo sa Pantomina
    • Doon Po sa Amin
    • 2Bayani: Isang Bagong Rock Opera
  • Eighteenth Season (1996–1997)
    • Dalawang Sulok
    • Lysistrata
    • 2Bayani: Isang Bagong Rock Opera
    • Ang Apologia ni Sokrates
    • Ang Mabuting Tao ng Setzuan
    • Ang Kambal
    • Freshman
    • Mga Kahon
    • Makbet
  • Nineteenth Season (1997–1997)
    • Tartuffe
    • Ang Mabuting Tao ng Setzuan
    • Equus
    • Therese ng Lisieux
    • Kilabot ng Makiling
    • Ang Kambal
    • Pangarap sa Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw
    • Courtship by Handkerchief and Fan
  • Twentieth Season (1998–1999)
    • Marisol
    • Paghihintay kay Godo
    • TA Lab I
    • Ang Punong Inspektor
    • The Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas Seditious Love Musical
    • TA Lab II
  • Twenty-First Season (1999–2000)
    • The Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas Seditious Love Musical
    • Ningning sa Silangan
    • The Merchant of Venice
    • TA Lab III
    • Artenista: An Ateneo Theater Festival
  • Twenty Second (2000–2001)
  • Twenty Third (2001–2002)
  • Twenty Fourth (2002–2003)
  • Twenty Fifth (2003–2004)
    • Bawat-Tao
    • Ang Palilitis ni Mang Serapio
    • Don Juan: Ang Babaero ng Sevilla
    • An Enemy of the People
  • Twenty Sixth (2004–2005) The Fighting Season
    • An Enemy of the People
    • Re-Isyu: Santuario & Linya
    • Lam-ang
    • 3PO
  • Twenty Seventh (2005–2006) The Season of Flight
  • Twenty Eighth: (2006–2007) The Season of Awakening
    • Ang Buhay ay Isang Panaginip
    • Ang Aksidenteng Kamatayan ng Isang Anarkista
    • STArting 5: Iba 'to!
    • Middle Finger Po
    • The Glass Menagerie
  • Twenty Ninth: (2007–2008) The Season of Truth
  • Thirtieth Season: (2008–2009) Echoes
  • Thirty-First Season: (2009–2010) Bayanihan
  • Thirty-Second Season: (2010–2011) The Season of Ardent Pursuits
  • Thirty-Third Season: (2011–2012) Undaunted
    • Sintang Dalisay
    • Para Los Jovenes: Mga Pangkabataang Kuwento ng Nakatatandang Rizal
    • Fireflies
  • Thirty-Fourth Season: (2012–2013) Journeys
  • Thirty-Fifth Season: (2013-2014) Re-Imagining the Greeks
  • Thirty-Sixth Season: (2014-2015) Navigating Identities

About Tanghalang Ateneo[edit]

Theatre excellence derived from deeply rooted tradition and the fundamentals of eloquentia, sapientia and humanitas. This is 
Tanghalang Ateneo.

For more than thirty years, Tanghalang Ateneo has entertained and delighted the many audiences inside and outside the Ateneo with its productions ranging from Shakespearean classics to Filipino originals. But what sets TA apart is its holistic approach to theater. It has its members undertake tasks beyond performing like stage management, stage execution, sponsorship and publicity that requires discipline, hard work and devotion. Members are given the opportunity to work with successful TA alumni and other esteemed individuals in the theater community like Salvador Bernal and Ricardo Abad. Tanghalang Ateneo is also family. Late nights, hours of production work and the same passion for theater, help foster amongst members a bond that goes beyond the theater.

This year, come aboard and be part of Tanghalang Ateneo’s long-standing theater tradition. Join us in our thirty-fifth season: Re-Imagining the Greeks!