College: College of Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures
Giselle is a dramaturg and writer.
Before pursuing her Ph.D, she was a faculty/staff member at both the the Fine Arts and English Departments of the Ateneo de Manila University where she developed the first dramaturgy undergraduate course at the university.
She also served as the resident dramaturg and Senior Culture and Arts Officer at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), where she curated artistic programmes with the Intertextual Division. Here, she inaugurated the production of 'Performatura', the CCP's national performed poetry festival as Deputy Festival Director.
She received her M.A. in Theater, Dramaturgy Concentration degree from Hunter College, City University of New York and A.B. Literature (English) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.
She has worked on the development of over 250 new plays by established and emerging playwrights in New York and Manila with the Lark Play Development Center, Ma-Yi Theater Company and its Writers Lab, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Virgin Labfest and Writers Bloc. She always finds ways to support the development of new work, and forging relationships with and between artists, communities and institutions.
Her work for the CCP's resident theater company, Tanghalang Pilipino, Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente (Death of a Salesman) and Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia were cited and awarded respectively for Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play by the Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards.
Prior to her dramaturgical work, she has served as creative copywriter for TV, radio and print at the global advertising agency, Publicis JimenezBasic in the Philippines.