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Department of
Speech Communication
and Theatre Arts


The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA), formerly known as the Department of Speech and Drama, has been a reputable institution in the fields of communication studies as well as performance research and practice for over 60 years. The department boasts of a tradition of excellence as it has produced distinguished scholars, artists, practitioners, critics, and leaders in various industries both in the local and international settings.


The mission of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA) is to fulfill its mandate to provide outstanding service in instruction, research, creative, and extension work in the areas of speech communication and theatre arts, with the aim of developing creative, critical, and ethical communicators and artists.


The DSCTA envisions itself as a Center of Excellence in the fields of speech communication and theatre arts in the country as well as in Asia and the Pacific. It aims to be at the forefront of rhetorical and performative discourses in local and global communities. The department has a threefold agenda to attain its vision: 

  1. teach speech, theatre, and performance as modes of critical inquiries, creative expressions, and public engagements;

  2. foster individuals with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities through praxes, research works, and public services; 

  3. ensure diversity, inclusivity, and respect as driving forces of our responsibilities as academics and staff members of the University of the Philippines



The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA) was instituted in 1959 as the Department of Speech and Drama, which dedicated itself to formally teaching, researching, and performing oral communication after the Board of Regents approved its separation from the Department of English (now Department of English and Comparative Literature). 


In 1977, the UP Department of Speech and Drama likewise changed its name to the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts for two primary reasons. First, the change was initiated to terminate the notion that the study of speech is limited to issues of voice and diction, or confined to the art of public speaking.


Prof. Alejandro J. Casambre, the first Filipino to have obtained a PhD in Speech Communication and a major mover behind the department’s titular transformation, insisted that “speech is communication” and by doing so, democratized the academic discipline in such a way that speech can be studied as a “requisite for participation and leadership in human affairs.”


Second, the change was necessary to reflect Theatre Arts as a thriving discipline in Philippine Humanities.


Despite numerous opportunities and offers in the United States, Prof. Antonio O. Mabesa returned to the Philippines after finishing graduate studies in Theatre Arts at the University of California Los Angeles in 1965 and completing an MA degree in Education from the University of Delaware in 1967. Mabesa shaped the paradigm of the theatre arts as an academic program not only in the University, but also in the entire nation.



















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Associate in Arts (Theatre) program


Admission to the Associate in Arts (Theatre) program does not require the prospective student to pass the UPCAT Examination.


The prospect must submit the following documents to the department:

  • a duly accomplished application form

  • three recommendation letters

  • a portfolio of creative works


Download the application packet containing the program brief, application procedure, and requirements HERE: 


DSCTA’s Associate in Arts committee evaluates all applications. Successful applicants are notified regarding the qualifying examination and the interview.

Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts


Both programs follow the standard admission requirements for the University of the Philippines.


For applicants whose citizenship is Filipino, please click here. 


For foreign citizens, please click here. 


For more information regarding the University of the Philippines College Admissions Test or UPCAT, please click here. 


For Shiftee and Transferee applicants, please click here. 

Master of Arts (Speech Communication) and Master of Arts in Theatre Arts


Both programs follow the same admission requirements.


Interested applicants must submit the following documents:


1. Letter of application stating the applicant’s purpose(s) and specific field(s) of interest (original and photocopy)

2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work, if any (original and two photocopies)

3. Accomplished GSO recommendation forms from two (2) former professors and/or employers

4. Two (2) copies of accomplished GSO application form, each with 2” X 2” photo

5. Copy of marriage contract (if name on transcript is different from current name)


The documents must be placed inside a long brown envelope, and sent to:

Dean Jimmuel C. Naval, PhD

Through Channels

Graduate Studies Office, College of Arts and Letters

University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City 1101

PhD Performance Studies


Holders of any master’s degree may be admitted to the PhD in Performance Studies. Applicants must satisfy the requirements set by the University for admission. A two-page project proposal and a sample published, or unpublished research paper/s are also required for admission to the program. Applicants are encouraged to go on a full-time program.


In the case of an international student whose native language or whose medium of instruction in secondary school is not English, a score of at least 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or at least 173 in the computerized form, or at least sixty-one (61) in Internet- Based Test [IBT] or a score of 6.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

More information on the program can be found here:


Department Executive Committee

Assoc. Prof. Oscar Serquiña, Jr. PhD
Department Chair

Asst. Prof. Charles Erize P. Ladia
Coordinator for
Academic Affairs

Asst. Prof. Christine Joy A. Magpayo
Coordinator for
Research and Creative Work

Mr. Mr. Rex Sandro M. Nepomuceno
Coordinator for Adminisration

Ms. Marielle Justine C. Sumilong
Coordinator for Public Relations

Mr. Jonas Gabriel M. Garcia
Program Development Associate for Student Relations


Faculty Roster


Administrative Staff

Archie C. Clataro

Administrative Assistant II

Academic, Research, Creative Work, and Extension Section

Lemuel Macadaan

Administrative Officer II

Section Head, Administrative and Public Relations Section

Alfred Crisologo

Administrative Assistant IV

Section Head, Infrastructure and Equipment Management Section

Jesus Lopez

Administrative Assistant II

Marlon Molato

Administrative Assistant I

Infrastructure and Equipment Management Section

Contact Us


Room 1109, Pavilion 1, Palma Hall

Roxas Avenue corner Roces Street

University of the Philippines, Diliman

Quezon City 1101, Philippines

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(+632) 89818500 local 2133 | +63 2 8924 3224

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