Ian Segarra is a Senior Artist Teacher from the Philippine Educational Theater Association. A Theater Arts graduate from the Philippine High School for the Arts, he has extensive training in theater, acting, dance and musical theater.
He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Short Course on Musical Theater at the PETA Theater Center and the New York – Manila Musical Theater Workshop at the CCP. Aside from that, he was able to join and facilitate numerous local and international workshops and festivals on theater and dance. He attended a residency program in Okinawa, Japan where he collaborated with other Asian Artsits in creating a devised piece for young audiences, The Story of the Little Gentleman. He also became part of the Next Generation Programme in Tokyo where he devised and created pieces together with other artists.
He has been involved with a number of devised productions: “Battalia Royale” with Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Kolbalt Woks’ “COKE” with choreographer Arco Renz, “The Story of the Little Gentleman” with Australian Theater for Young People director Fraser Corfield, and Next Generation Programme with Company Ma director and artistic director Kenjiro Otani. He developed two devised productions: “don_Q”, an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha and “The Girl in a Box” a non-verbal piece for children for the PETA Laboratory production. Recently, he performed in Manila Notes, a Filipino adaptation of Tokyo Notes by world renowned playwright and director Oriza Hirata.
As a Senior Artist – Teacher of PETA, he has acted in numerous productions including children’s musicals “Batang Rizal” and “Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang” , adaptations and translations of classic materials such as “Ang Buhay ni Galileo Galilei” and “Ang Post Office” , as well as new materials “William” and “Noli at Fili: Dekada Dos Mil”. He is also the Assistant Director and Choreographer of PETA’s latest musical comedy Charot!
As a facilitator, he has facilitated workshops in schools, communities and different sectors in the Philippine and abroad. He has facilitated children’s theater, teen theater, and specialised workshops for adults like Basic Acting, Devising and Musical Theater. He is currently a visiting faculty at the Philippine High School for the Arts, teaching Performance and Theater Skills.