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Tuxqs Rutaquio

Tuxqs is one of few theater workers and educators who has successfully evolved from acting on stage to designing for theater, and to becoming director of the more daring productions of recent years. 

Tuxqs is recipient of the Gawad Buhay! Philstage Award for Oustanding Set Design for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Coup d’Etat / Kudeta by Mustapha Matura (2008) and A Streetcar Named Desire / Flores Para Los Muertos by Tennessee Williams and adapted by Orlando Nadres (2009). With Rody Vera, Tuxqs won the Gawad Buhay! Philstage Award for Outstanding Stage Direction for 2013’s Der Kaufmann by Vera, staged by Tanghalang Pilipino.

He was Associate Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino and has been Virgin Labfest’s Dramaturg and Festival Director since 2011. From 2012 to  the present, he represents the Philippines at the ASEAN Performing Arts Festival (APAF) in Tokyo Japan. In 2015 and 2016, he directed/devised a piece, Teru Teru! (Shine! Shine!) with Japanese actors performed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Ikebukuro, Tokyo Japan. 

His collaborations with playwright Layeta Bucoy have layered Tuxqs’ more recent work as director with relevance, where his directorial and production design work have become imbued with the realities that theater cradles. He directed Tu Dulce Extranjera, a production commissioned by the Embassy of the Philippines in Ireland, which was staged in Dublin and County Ofaly in 2011. In 2019, along with other faculty members of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, he represented the Philippines at the Prague Quadrennial 2019 in Czech Republic and their work, “Passing Through: Lines and Borders” won the “Imagination Award.” He also represented the country together with 2 students for World of Wearable Art (WOW) in Wellington, New Zealand.

He graduated with a bachelors and master’s degree in Theater Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Chairperson under the Production Design program at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.


Teru Teru Bozu: Devising the Third World Experience for A Global Stage
Artist Interview: Tuxqs Rutaquio [English Translation]
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