Rodolfo C. Vera

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Rodolfo C. Vera or Rody Vera, born on December 5, 1960, is a Filipino playwright. He is also a television scriptwriter, singer, theater actor and theater director.

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Education

Vera finished Elementary and secondary school at San Beda College and graduated A.B. Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines.

Beginnings as a playwright

Rody Vera loved writing ever since his youth but it was in his second year in high school when he got exposed and interested in the theater arts. Soon after, he joined seminars and workshops, including Philippine Educational Theater Association, where he honed his skills in writing as well as his talent in acting.

Since then, Vera had been recognized as a theater person and so began his career as a playwright.

Works

Vera writes absurdist plays and adopts several novels into plays. His adaptations include “Masa” and “Ang mga Huwad” which are based from Sionil Jose’s Rosales Saga novels, “Mass” and “The Pretenders” respectively.

His works received a number of awards from National Literary Contests such as Palanca and Centennial Prizes.

Aside from writing, Vera also acts in the theater. He participated in several theater productions in the Philippines and abroad. Several international theater companies he participated in include Black Tent Theater (Japan), Rinkogun (Japan), Setagaya Public Theater (Japan), The Necessary Stage (Singapore), and International Wow Company (New York).

Currently, he is the chairman of the Executive Committee of The Writers Bloc, an independent organization where the members are immersed in a workshop where they read and critic plays.

Awards and Grants

Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature

Filipino Division

2007

2005

  • 3rd Prize (Full-length Play) "Masa"

2004

  • 2nd Prize (One-Act Play) for “Mga Aswang sa Panahon ng Digmaan”

1999

1996

  • 2nd Prize (Full-length Play) “Balanggiga”

1992

  • 2nd Prize (Full-length Play) for Kung Paano Ko Pinatay si Diana Ross
  • 3rd Prize (Full-length Play) for “Kapitan Popong: Ang Pakikipagsapalaran ng Isang Batang Bayani”


English Division

2001


1994

  • 3rd Prize (Full-length Play) “Sky Legends”


Other Awards Received

2004

  • National Book Award, co-winner for "Tatlong Dulang Pampelikula", published by University of the Philippines Press, including Senyor Paciano, winning screenplay for Centennial Awards for Literature


2003

  • Bellagio Study and Conference Center Grant, the Rockfeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy


2001

  • Bedan of the Century Award for Theater (Centennial Award given by San Beda College to deserving Bedan Alumni)


1999

  • Asian Cultural Council Grant, as dramaturg for production of Mother Courage and as resident artist for Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York


1998

  • Toyota Foundation Book Grant for the PETA History Book


Director/ Dramaturg Experience

2001

  • as Dramaturg, “The Maids” by Jean Genet, for PETA. Directed by Rustom Bharucha
  • as Director, “Dreamweavers” for PETA


1999

  • as Dramaturg, “Ang Dalawang Buhay ni Plaridel” for PETA. Written by Nicholas Pichay. Directed by Melvin Lee
  • as Dramaturg, “Nanay Isog and Her Children”, for Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York. Directed by Tazewell Thompson


1998

  • as Director, “Exodo”. Written by Jun Lana.


1992

  • as Associate Director, “Miserere Nobis”. Co-director: Chris Millado.


1985

  • as Director, “A Tribute to Brecht”, a number of excerpts from Brecht’s classics including The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage and Galileo.


References

  1. Interview with Rodolfo Vera
  2. Rodolfo C. Vera’s Curriculum Vitae acquired from the Palanca Foundation
  1. List of Palanca Award Winners by year retrieved February 4, 2008
  2. The Writers Bloc Website retrieved February 4, 2008
  3. Celebrating Mass Onstage: Philippine Star Interview with Rody Vera retrieved February 4, 2008
  4. Collaboration Experiences in PETA by Rody Vera retrieved February 4, 2008