Playwright named CCP artistic director

Posted at 10/06/2011 12:32 PM | Updated as of 10/06/2011 12:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) recently introduced stage director and playwright Chris Millado as its new vice president and artistic director.

Millado, who joined CCP in 1986, said he is "thrilled and excited to be given an opportunity to work with the best artists and arts managers in the country."

"My interest has been how to open up the productions of CCP, broaden its audiences to include underserved communities while maintaining the excellence in artistry that it has been known for. I'm also interested in exploring ways in which CCP could achieve a stronger online presence wherein it could provide access to its materials and create compelling digital platforms that can be accessed by the world wide web," he said in a statement released on Thursday.

Millado used to head CCP's performing arts department and acted as officer-in-charge of the marketing department. He has overseen the programming of the artistic season of the center and its resident companies such as Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, and many others.

He has also curated a number of CCP's festivals.

"Although we are situated in Manila, we aspire to reach audiences in the whole archipelago by being more aggressive with our outreach programs and tapping new technologies to broaden the reach. I see the artistic mission of the CCP focusing on four areas: artistic excellence, Filipino aesthetics, arts education and complex development," Millado said.

Millado is a graduate from the Theater Arts program at the University of the Philippines. He earned his Masters degree in Performance Studies from New York University through a Fulbright Hayes scholarship.

He has taught courses in Theater Arts, Performance Studies and Philippine Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University, the University of the Philippines, Leeward Community College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Karen Flores resigned as head of CCP's visual arts department last August, a day after the center closed down an exhibit featuring defaced icons.

A number of senators as well as several groups have asked CCP officials to leave their posts because of the incident.

CCP president Raul Sunico, however, maintained that "it is not up to me to resign."

The center is under the Office of the President.