Tuxqs Rutaquio

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Tuxqs Rutaquio (born 1974) is a Filipino theater director, production designer and actor. He is the Associate Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). He is a former Artistic Director and the current Festival Director of Virgin Labfest, a festival of unstaged and unpublished plays by CCP. He is also an Assistant Professor and Institute for the Arts Program Director of the Communications Department of Miriam College. He is a member of Writer's Bloc.

One of his successful partnerships with playwright Layeta Bucoy, Tu Dulce Extranjera, was shown in Dubai and County Ofaly, Ireland in June 2011. He has directed William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Garcia Lorca's When Five Years Pass.

Rutaquio was one of the “virgin” directors of the Virgin Labfest that started in 2005. His first play was Elmar Ingles' Serbis. The following year, he did Niel de Mesa's Pag-Uwi 'Pag Undas. On its third year, he collaborated with Bucoy with her Ellas Inocentes, followed by Las Mentiras de Gloria and Doc Resureccion.

He also did Floy Quintos' Ang Kalungkutan ng mga Reyna as an actor. He also directed Allan Lopez's Higit Pa Dito. When he directs play, he usually design them too.

One of his most popular roles to date is Ada, the alter ego of Zsa Zsa Zaturnahh, the smash musical version of Carlo Vergara's comic book. The said musical has been one of the most successful shows of TP in the past decade.

As the current Festival Director of the Virgin Labfest, he is part of the team that chooses which would be part of the year's plays and which director is best suited for a particular material, sits through rehearsal after rehearsal, and gives input to improve their production.




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