MANILA -- Local creative groups have started an online fundraiser to help their peers that have lost jobs because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Artists Welfare Project, Philstage, SPIT, Third World Improv, the Theater Actors Guild, and Ticket2Me have joined forces to put up Open House, where the public can stream live online classes, shows, and workshops featuring some of the industry's biggest names for free.
A separate Ticket2Me site is available for donations, with all proceeds going "directly to production workers like dressers, stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, stagehands, musicians, and more through the Artists Welfare Project," organizers said in a statement.
Two Open House sessions are set this Tuesday: one by actor and director Audie Gemora, and another by writer Bibeth Orteza.
On Wednesday at 4 p.m., musical director and composer Rony Fortich will teach aspiring thespians how to deliver "a great audition." During the evening, actress Missy Maramara and London-based actor Joaquin Pedro Valdes will host "Bedroom Voices," a "One Night Stand" cabaret.
"Bedroom Voices" will feature performances by TV and theater stars Kim Molina and Jerald Napoles, Reb Atadero and Tanya Manalang of "Ang Huling El Bimbo," Vic Robinson of "Sa Wakas" and actress Rissey Reyes, with special participation of "Miss Saigon's" Red Concepcion and Aynrand Ferrer.
Organizers said more programs are scheduled until April 8, with updates on the Open House Facebook page.
Among these are Lisa Macuja Elizalde's ballet barre class; storytelling for kids with actresses Melody Remorca and Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante; SPIT's COVID-Chismis show; Theater ATBP quiz night with Reb Atadero and Tanya Manalang; a voice class by Karla Gutierrez of the Philippine Opera Company; and the launch of Philstage Roundtables featuring an all-female lineup of theater directors Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Jenny Jamora, Maribel Legarda, Missy Maramara, and Jose Estrella, as moderated by ANC's Lexi Schulze.