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Rodel J. Mercado
Theater & Events Director; Acting Coach & Teacher
Nominated as “Best Director” at the “28th ANNUAL ALIW AWARDS”
His ardent zeal and enthusiasm to impart his learning and train the next breed of actors and actresses in both theatre, film and television industry pushed him to establish his own theatre & events production after leaving his fifteen fruitful years in corporate journey as a Senior Operations Manager at SM Corporation and Vice President for Operation in Havainas Philippines. His dream of inculcating theatre discipline is his first goal towards achieving one’s dream of making it to the mainstream. He started his career in Theater when he became a scholar at Dulaang PCU in 1994 and subsequently associated in professional Theater Companies in 1997.
He used to be a member of Sining Pinagpala Theater Foundation; Peoples Theater Foundation and a Founding Member of Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) to name a few. He appeared in several Theater Production as an Actor. He also appeared in some TV Commercials and TV Soap Operas at GMA 7 & ABS-CBN 2.
He is a scholar of ACTORS WORKSHOP FOUNDATION, where Direk Leo Martines, Ann Villegas, Mia Gutierez and Direk Gina Alajar were among his mentors. He studied Improvisation Master Class that was conducted by a Hollywood Improvisation Master, Ed Reggi and Gabe Mercado, the father of Silly People’s Improv Theatre. He attended Trainer’s Training Workshop under Mr. Alvin Gonzales that happened to be his focal point in the field of acting & training, not just in the artistic field but eventually in corporate trainings. He took up Directing Master Class with the internationally recognized playwright and Director Dr. ANTON JUAN and Digital Video Production & Digital Cinematography under Director Nap Jamir at University of the Philippines Film Institute and Finished Technical Directors Workshop under the best Technical Director in Japan Mr. Koga Yuji (Butai Kantoku) at Sinag Arts Foundation, Japan Foundation & Philippine Educational Theater Association.
His concluded Theatre Productions as a Director were, “Ang Mundo ng Ek-Ek: The Seven Deadly Sins” and been nominated for Best Production & Best Director at the “28th Annual ALIW AWARDS-2015”; “The Seven Naked Stories”; “Curtain Call” & “Curtain Call the Repeat” and “Artista Ka Ba?” a Musical Drama of Frontline Production & Training Development Inc; “Bright Stars of Tomorrow”, of Modelo’s Depot; “Ora et Labora”, a Musical Drama of San Beda College; “Silang Mga Bata”, The Musical for 3rd National Theater Festival of Cultural Center of the Philippines; “The life of St. John the Baptist”, a musical drama of Sienna College, among countless others.
Furthermore, his artistry branched out on stage for Corporate Events, Digital Advertisement, AVP’s (Audio Visual Presentation). He directed Local & International Celebrities like SARAH GERONIMO, MAJA SALVADOR, MS. EARTH 2015 ANGELIA ONG, GRETCHEN HO, MATEO GUIDICELLI, GUJI LORENZANA, AKIKO SOLON, JUNET HSIEH, LIN YU CHUN and LEE MIN-HO. Though his expertise on Stage Productions, National and International Conventions, Fashions Shows, Product Launches and Concerts Direk Rodel was been awarded by “Golden Globe Annual Awards 2016” and “Philippine Top Choice Awards 2017”.
Direk Rodel is also the ACTING COACH and teacher for ANIKA GONZALES & RAIN SALAMANTE of Star Magic ABS-CBN; ABEL ESTANISLAO of Artist Center GMA 7; ELLE RAMIREZ Finalist of Protégé GMA7; SOPHIE ALBERT the Grand Winner of Artista Academy TV5 and Ms. Angelia Ong, Ms. Earth 2015.