Host Luisa Lyons chats with Christian Tiu and Bianca Lao all about the student theatre group Ateneo Blue Repertory in Manila, and how they managed to make theatre through COVID, political upheaval, and whilst getting a college education. Other topics include the challenges and joys of creating student theatre, and how Blue Ateneo Rep created a hybrid in-person/filmed version of the musical First Date.
Christian Tiu is currently a senior from the Ateneo de Manila University taking up a degree in BS Psychology. His first experience with musical theater was developing a massive crush on
Emmy Rossum from the Phantom of the Opera (2004). He has been a part of the Ateneo Blue
Repertory for the past three years and has worked in several positions such as a Front of House Head for Next to Normal (2020), Production Manager for f(r)iction (2021), Chief Finance
Officer for We Aren't Kids Anymore (2021), and Assistant Director for First Date (2022).
Bianca Lao (Production Manager) is currently a third-year student taking up AB Communication and a minor in BFA Theater Arts under the Performing Track. She is presently the Artistic Director of the 30th Season Company Core. She played cheerleader Kylar in her newbie production of Bring It On (2019) and has done production work as MUCH head for Party Worth Crashing (2021), and eventually became Assistant Production Designer in f(r)iction (2021).
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