Robert Encila-Celdran

Robert Encila-Celdran

Born and raised in Cebu, Philippines, Robert Encila is a professional singer, actor, and certified teacher. An alumnus of the University of Arizona, he taught high school and college theater in his beloved Tucson where he also founded Studio Connections, a non-profit theater company and arts organization for children and youth. Since 1994, he has directed over a hundred productions, including some of his favorites: Chicago, Noises Off, Man of La Mancha, JB, A Man of No Importance, Pippin, America Hurrah, and Sunday in the Park with George. Robert returns to Manila with his daughter, Maya, a budding triple-threat performer who is currently cast in David Henry-Hwang’s M. Butterfly, produced by Frontrow Entertainment and Tony and Grammy Award-winning producer Jhett Tolentino. Robert is a freelance musician and a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.




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Posted: Sep. 4, 2018


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Posted: Aug. 2, 2018


BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, A Fine Tribute To A Great Literary ClassicBWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, A Fine Tribute To A Great Literary Classic
Posted: Sep. 19, 2018


In the Spotlight: Philippine Stagers Foundation's Widespread Appeal Among School-based AudiencesIn the Spotlight: Philippine Stagers Foundation's Widespread Appeal Among School-based Audiences
Posted: Mar. 25, 2018


BWW Interview: Cara Barredo Talks Career Path, The Legacy of HAIRBWW Interview: Cara Barredo Talks Career Path, The Legacy of HAIR
Posted: Nov. 14, 2017


BWW Interview: Acclaimed Film-Stage Director Kanakan-Balintagos Talks M. BUTTERFLY; Show Premieres 9/13BWW Interview: Acclaimed Film-Stage Director Kanakan-Balintagos Talks M. BUTTERFLY; Show Premieres 9/13
Posted: Jul. 31, 2018


BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, A Fine Tribute To A Great Literary ClassicBWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, A Fine Tribute To A Great Literary Classic
September 19, 2018

George Bernard Shaw is believed to have given his stamp of approval on one of the theater's most famous acts of defiance. He called it 'the door slam heard around the world.'

BWW Review: SIDE SHOW Delivers A Spirited Performance Worthy of a Packed RunBWW Review: SIDE SHOW Delivers A Spirited Performance Worthy of a Packed Run
September 4, 2018

It's a fitting irony that Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group commences its season with 'Side Show,' a relatively untapped musical in contemporary theater canon. It's a gutsy show, flaunting with unabashed elan the grim underbelly of circus entertainment.

BWW Review: Eheads Fan or Not, Find Time to Watch ANG HULING EL BIMBOBWW Review: Eheads Fan or Not, Find Time to Watch ANG HULING EL BIMBO
August 2, 2018

Whether you're up for it or not, jukebox musicals are back in full swing. The genre assumes a new swagger--aimed not merely to regale, but ostensibly to prove artistic legitimacy.

BWW Interview: Acclaimed Film-Stage Director Kanakan-Balintagos Talks M. BUTTERFLY; Show Premieres 9/13BWW Interview: Acclaimed Film-Stage Director Kanakan-Balintagos Talks M. BUTTERFLY; Show Premieres 9/13
July 31, 2018

A prolific dramatist, Tennessee Williams proved most succinct in declaring an ironic dictum: A play does not exist until it's on the stage.

BWW Interview: SPAMALOT's George Schulze Talks Life As An ActorBWW Interview: SPAMALOT's George Schulze Talks Life As An Actor
April 9, 2018

He bears the countenance of an artist on a mission and speaks with the fluency of a refined gentleman. You might infer his self-assurance as a product of rigorous training, but George Schulze has been exuding cool confidence long before his introduction to the theater.

In the Spotlight: Philippine Stagers Foundation's Widespread Appeal Among School-based AudiencesIn the Spotlight: Philippine Stagers Foundation's Widespread Appeal Among School-based Audiences
March 25, 2018

It's in the spirit of the arts as a conduit for education that I found myself drawn to the theater for young audiences, with a particular interest in the work of Atty. Vincent Taada and the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF). Taada's work--as it relates to the current demands for the arts in schools--will be my main focus of this discussion.

BWW Review: SILENT SKY Gathers Women With Requisite Blend of Grace and FerociousnessBWW Review: SILENT SKY Gathers Women With Requisite Blend of Grace and Ferociousness
March 7, 2018

Chalk it up to antiquated gender politics that a woman must shatter a glass ceiling to validate her achievement. Despite a long history of injustice, the establishment is relatively unscathed and rarely accountable.

Globe LIVE, 9 Works Theatrical Bring Back A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/7-27Globe LIVE, 9 Works Theatrical Bring Back A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/7-27
December 27, 2017

In upholding the Christmas tradition, the Philippines is without peer among nations. Let the world tend to its business while local radio begins the celebration with a Yuletide playlist--on the first of September.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Is Big-Hearted In Many AspectsBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Is Big-Hearted In Many Aspects
December 16, 2017

If it's true about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year, Manila's theater fans may add to their list of good tidings a promising new tradition courtesy of Globe LIVE and 9 Works Theatrical.

Globe LIVE, 9 Works Theatrical Bring Back A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/7-27Globe LIVE, 9 Works Theatrical Bring Back A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/7-27
November 16, 2017

In upholding the Christmas tradition, the Philippines is without peer among nations. Let the world tend to its business while local radio begins the celebration with a Yuletide playlist--on the first of September.

BWW Interview: Cara Barredo Talks Career Path, The Legacy of HAIRBWW Interview: Cara Barredo Talks Career Path, The Legacy of HAIR
November 14, 2017

Cara Barredo is one such player who comes prepared for artistic challenges, whose work inspires the artistic circle and the audiences who get to see her in action. Granted, an actor's protest is buffered by a certain aesthetic distance, but Cara, the woman behind many roles, is quick to affirm her passion for an ideal world order.

BWW Review: OBRA NI JUAN Delivers Devastating, Moving Homage to Tragic HeroBWW Review: OBRA NI JUAN Delivers Devastating, Moving Homage to Tragic Hero
September 9, 2017

You'd be hard-pressed to find a busier man in the industry than Vince Tanada. Now in his 16th year as the president and founding artistic director of the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), he also serves as the company's creative heartbeat--writing and directing productions with a history of reaching far-flung viewers. Just when you think he's due for a well-deserved sabbatical, Tanada is back with a major theater project as though he was checking a mere deadline from his law office (yes, he's still an attorney). From the looks of it, there's no sign of the playwright letting up; in fact, 'Obra ni Juan' shows all the signs of another critical renown.

BWW Review: BLACKBIRD Disturbs, Asks The Most Urgent QuestionsBWW Review: BLACKBIRD Disturbs, Asks The Most Urgent Questions
September 3, 2017

Most of us probably harbor an old skeleton or two, though we see no urgent reason to empty that closet before we can go about our business. Secrets are part of the dubious norm we share.

RWM Places Its Bet on Family-Friendly Musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANGRWM Places Its Bet on Family-Friendly Musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
August 28, 2017

If timing is everything, wisdom is the impulse to tighten the cue or the restraint to yield the appropriate pause. It's one of the hallmarks of a seasoned thespian.

BWW Review: NEWSIES Is Exceptionally Entertaining, Bursting With Raw Energy!BWW Review: NEWSIES Is Exceptionally Entertaining, Bursting With Raw Energy!
July 18, 2017

Disney's Newsies is a Tony Award-winning musical derived from the motion picture of the same title. Produced for the first time in Manila, it has commanded the day's headlines and kept a viewing public abuzz with excitement. We can assume Disney's ubiquitous brand had preceded its product, given the film's relative failure to draw critical and commercial acclaim in the early '90s. Considering its cult following after the release of the home video, it makes sense to bring musical theater back to its logical milieu where live performance of a Broadway musical is unparalleled. This production has been every bit as advertised: it's electric, witty, and poignant.

BWW Review: SISTER ACT Comes Bearing Gifts of Joyful NoiseBWW Review: SISTER ACT Comes Bearing Gifts of Joyful Noise
July 2, 2017

Sister Act was a Hollywood blockbuster in the early 1990s, pegged as a family comedy that cashed in on the sheer star power of Whoopi Goldberg. A quarter of a century later, Whoopi remains at the helm--this time as a producer of the Broadway incarnation. While her illustrious charm sells almost everything she's in, Sister Act the motion picture doesn't begin to compare to the polished genius of this stage adaptation.

Repertory Philippines: Preserving, Enhancing Philippine Theater For Years to ComeRepertory Philippines: Preserving, Enhancing Philippine Theater For Years to Come
June 18, 2017

After 50 years, 443 productions, and a consummate adherence to professional theater, Repertory Philippines (REP) has set a remarkable new benchmark for prestige and excellence.

BWW Review: REP Scores a Stunning Winner With IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAYBWW Review: REP Scores a Stunning Winner With IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
April 1, 2017

Sara Ruhl is arguably the most inventive young playwright to emerge in recent years. Exploiting a genre that thrives on the fringes, she graces the mainstream with narratives that fuse realism and sundry whimsical elements. She has a shrewd sense of humor to boot, demonstrated in her 2009 Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize nominee for Drama: In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, now playing to titillating cheers at Repertory Philippines (REP).

BWW Interview: Jerry Sibal Talks His Latest Take on NOLI ME TANGERE, The OperaBWW Interview: Jerry Sibal Talks His Latest Take on NOLI ME TANGERE, The Opera
January 24, 2017

While many of us are caught in heavy traffic--or out and about consuming pop culture--Jerry Sibal has been conjuring the most elaborate production ever conceived at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Director Jerry Sibal Revisits Old Binondo, Manila in 'Noli Me Tangere, The Opera'Director Jerry Sibal Revisits Old Binondo, Manila in 'Noli Me Tangere, The Opera'
December 18, 2016

For better or worse, Filipino identity is shaped by a legacy of mixed heritage. For Jerry Sibal--a Filipino of Chinese descent living in Manhattan--returning to his native Manila is a source of pride and creative renewal.



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