Robert Deguzman

Instructor of Production Management Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: rd132@nyu.edu
Education: BA Theater Arts, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Research Areas: Theater Arts, Production Management


Robert graduated with a BA in Theater Arts from University of the Philippines-Diliman and with an International Diploma from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He also studied Noh (Japanese traditional theatre) under Dr. Naohiko Umewaka at UP Center for International Studies, Kyomai (Kyoto’s traditional dance) under Yoko Inoue at Gion School of Japanese traditional arts, Oddissi (Indian traditional court dance) under Guru Geetha Shakarnalam at Temple of Fine Arts in Malaysia, and Physical Theater under Thomas Prattki at London International School of Performing Arts in United Kingdom.

He attended various theater conferences,workshops,and performance exposures in some 38 countries across Asia, Europe, and North America.

He production managed, acted, directed and wrote theater plays for UP University Theater Company, UP Playwright’s Theater Company, and UP Experimental Theater Company.

His works as a playwright won him awards from Philippine’s most prestigious literary competition, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature while some of them were produced at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

He was a lecturer for the International Studies Department of De La Salle University and facilitated theater workshops at different universities and NGOs.

Robert left his country for the Middle east in 2009 to broaden his professional experience and world view. He spent four years in Doha, Qatar where he produced, managed, wrote, and directed theater operetta and other performances for inauguration ceremonies before the Al Thani royal family. He then joined Imagination, an independent global creative agency and is recognized as the world's leading authority on brand experience, as Senior Production Manager and was part of setting up both Qatar and UAE offices. He delivered projects in MENA, Central Asia, and South Asia for six years.

He is a first aider and holder of safety management certification from IOSH, UK.