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About Rody

Playwright | Theater Director | Dramaturg | Screenwriter | Actor | Singer

Dangal ni Balagtas
Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature “Hall of Fame”
Ateneo De Manila University “Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi”
Virgin Labfest Co-Founder
The Writer’s Bloc, Inc. Executive Director
Philippine Educational Theater Association former Artistic Director

With a career in the arts spanning from the ‘70s, award-winning writer Rody Vera hasmasterfully crafted dozens upon dozens of progressive, exciting, and colorful stories that have been transformed into well-received plays, scripts, films, and songs. In this first ever Filipino online playwriting course, Rody gives context to playwriting in the Philippines, where to start, and how to do it effectively along with writing exercises you can do alone or with a group. Discover Rody’s approach to finding a good topic and write that story you’ve been wanting to write! (Check out the “Mentor” tab to know more about your artist-mentor!)
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Why Enroll in Pelikulove?

In-Depth Lessons

13 videographed class discussions

Tambayan Forum and Saluhan Workspace

Downloadable Handouts

Bonus Features

Plays-on-Video

Watch our Plays-on-Video! Discover three one-act stage plays cinematically shot and translated to film.

Dalawang Gabi by Maynard Manansala

Indigo Child by Rody Vera

Daddy’s Girl by Dingdong Novenario

Bonus Feature: A Talk with Philippine Theater Directors, Actors, and Playwrights!

Hear from acclaimed theater actors and artistic directors of Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and Sipat Lawin Ensemble! Learn your way through the industry from their perspective.

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Lessons

Reviews

What our students say

“I felt like I’m having a Master’s degree on playwriting! I went to workshops on screenwriting and I’m fascinated that it’s different from playwriting – although we still follow character, we still follow conflict, we still follow resolution. And the way Rody presented the theories, the ideas, it’s simplified na parang, ‘A, hindi ko pala kailangan ito’. Simple ang pagkakapresenta.”

 

Miggy Obina
45, Banker

“Being part of this workshop, na-remind ako sa basics, na-remind ako sa important stuff, ‘yung mga essentials na kailangan nandiyan sa script, kailangan nandiyan sa play na sinusulat mo. And I’m quite thankful kasi I started sa playwriting at a very good place pero at the same time, alam ko rin na mas may other level pa kong puwedeng maabot as a playwright. “

May Cardoso
26, College English instructor

“Hindi pa ako nakakapag-workshop ever sa pagsusulat so ako, sa mga previous works ko, sobrang sabog ng ideas. It takes me a long time to organize yung mga dapat ilagay mga kung anu-anong anek. So ngayon, masaya kasi ang dami kong na-pick up from my co-workshoppers and of course, kay sir Rody. Ang dami kong natutunan. Parang f*ck, ang galing!”

Carlo Tarobal
31, Asst. Director

“Minsan kasi kailangan mong i-exercise ‘yung senses mo as a writer, as an artist…Maganda ‘yung course kasi mas nagiging clear na nagbago ka nga din siguro as a writer kumpara noong bata ka kasi iba ‘yung mga sensibilities mo. Ma-ri-realize mo na ‘A, may nagbago na.’ or puwedeng, ‘A, gano’n pa rin pala ako.’ So ‘yung workshop nagiging pamantayan kung kamusta ka na bilang isang estudyante ng arts or ng pagsusulat.”

J-Mee Katanyag
31, TV Series Scriptwriter/Actor

“I think if you catch the first few minutes, makukuha mo na rin ‘yung ideas. And then we get deeper with examples from the more experienced writers in the class. And really, I think the people in the class are also asking the same questions that I had years ago that I never got to ask sa early workshops I went to so I think this is a good opportunity for beginner writers.”

Dingdong Novenario
39, IT Consultant/Fitness Instructor

“Kahit na mayroong mga creative writing programs na sa mga unibersidad, ang inclination no’n mas nasa fiction or poetry. At hindi masyado sa dramatic writing or sa playwriting. Ang magandang oportunidad dito focused talaga sa playwriting. Kaya siguro mas may malaking tiyansa na gumanda ‘yung isusulat natin na dula.“

Maynard Manansala
38, Filipino teacher

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