Photos by Tin Sartorio
We’ve all had our fair share of summers spent dabbling in the arts. Whether it be that one ballet class or that drawing workshop you never completed, the two-month break from school is the perfect time to flex our creative muscles. For the kids who found their home in the arts, they tend to stick to it real good.
Case in point: one miss Kayla Teodoro. Once an aspiring performer, Kayla has been in the theater industry since she was five years old. These days though, you’ll find her working backstage as a scenic designer. She’s one of the creative minds behind some of our fave shows like The Sandbox Collective’s No Filter and Red Turnip’s This Is Our Youth. Kayla also had the privilege to work on the international production of The Lion King during its 2018 Manila leg and the most recent run of Potted Potter.
For a 24-year-old, Kayla has enough work experience to get her places. But instead, she’s focusing on where she started. Having recently joined Puppet Theater Manila as an artistic director, Kayla wants to “define Filipino puppetry by championing Filipino materials and telling Filipino stories.” Young STAR sat down with Kayla to talk about the art of storytelling and the future of Filipino puppetry.