RED TURNIP THEATER is the vision of five friends, five established actors in the local theater scene, with more than 90 years of experience between them. Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Ana Abad Santos, Cris Villonco, and Rem Zamora came together to stage the kinds of productions that are in short supply in the country: straight plays (non-musicals), engaging material with the potential for adaptation, all in a unique theater experience.
Ana Abad Santos is a multi-award winning actress.
A veteran of the stage and screen, Ana Abad Santos recently won two of the most prestigious awards in the Philippine film industry: The Gawad Urian and The Luna of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAAP) for her beautiful performance as CHONA in the film Apocalypse Child.
She is also an Aliw Awardee bagging the best actress for her role as MARY STUART in Mary Stuart. She has also been nominated for Best Actress numerous times by Phil Stage's Gawad Buhay and The Aliw Awards for her performance in roles such as; BLANCHE DUBOIS in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tanghalang Filipino, CANDIDA MARASIGAN in A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by Repertory Philippines, MIRA in Fluid by Floy Quintos, MIRANDA in An Evening at the Opera for Virgin Labfest, JING MEI WOO for Joy luck Club for Repertory Philippines, and most recently as SARAH in Red Turnip’s Time Stands Still.
She won world recognition for her roles in International films such as her featured performance as DORA in the Sundance Audience Choice Award winner and BAFTA nominated film Metro Manila directed by acclaimed British director Sean Ellis.
Ana has received critical acclaim for her direction in the Red Turnip debut production Closer as well as her dystopian take on Hamlet for Repertory Philippines.
Ana Abad Santos has a Post Graduate in Classical Theatre at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Topper Fabregas made his directorial debut with Red Turnip Theater’s Rabbit Hole (Aliw Award nomination– Best Director) and starred in their production of Cock (Aliw Award nomination- Best Actor). Other directorial credits with Red Turnip include This is Our Youth (Gawad Buhay nomination- Best Director) and last year’s Tribes, which topped critics’ lists as one the best productions of 2016.
He was last seen onstage as Felix Turner in The Normal Heart (Gawad Buhay nomination- Best Featured Actor) and as Trinculo in PETA’s The Tempest Reimagined. Other notable theater credits include Godspell, The Maids (Claire), Boeing Boeing! (Robert Castin), The Producers (Leo Bloom), The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca/Grumio), Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), The Boy in the Bathroom (David), Shakespeare in Hollywood (Daryl), The Secret Garden (Dickon), The Sound of Music (Rolf), The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (Peter – Original Cast) and Leading Ladies (Jack Gable).
He completed his studies at the Circle in the Square Theater School in New York back in 2009. Apart from theater, Topper is also a host, commercial model and a certified yoga and spin instructor.
Jenny Jamora holds a Shakespeare Acting Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, where she played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in 2003. Since then, she has been nominated for an Aliw Award for her performance in The Blue Room and has toured Asia for The Vagina Monologues, Aspects of Love and A Little Night Music. She made her full-length directorial debut for stage in 2015’s 33 Variations and helmed the 8th Gawad Buhay, in which she also received a nomination for Outstanding Stage Direction for 33 Variations. The Nether this March marks Jenny’s return to treading the Turnip boards since Cock.
Her other theater credits include The Maids (World Theatre Project/musicArtes), Mind’s Eye (C. Virata Advisory/Gillian Virata), Dogeaters (Atlantis Productions), The Joy Luck Club, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Boor/The Proposal (Repertory Phlippines), and As You Like It (Actor’s Actors Inc.). She was last seen in the PETA/RADA collaboration The Tempest Reimagined.
She has also trained with the American Academy of Dramatic Art (Summer Program) and Lessac Kinesensic Training (Lessac Insitute and Theater Actors Guild).
Jenny holds a Master of Science degree in Food Science in Technology from Texas A&M University.
Rem Zamora has been in the theater scene since 1991. From then until 2012, he appeared in over 40 productions with Repertory Philippines, while simultaneously running several food establishments. Theater credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Glorious, The Fantasticks, Romance-Romance, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Carousel, Amadeus, Once on this Island, A Christmas Carol, Lend Me a Tenor, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Skin Deep and a slew of other straight plays and musicals.
He was last seen on stage in Red Turnip’s 33 Variations as Anton Schindler. He directed Red Turnip’s productions of Cock, Time Stands Still and Constellations, as well as the 2016 musical Changing Partners—all of which have topped The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s annual best-productions-of-the-year lists. He has also received Gawad Buhay citations for Outstanding Director of a Play for Time Stands Still and Constellations.
Rem is also a go-to events director, having directed about 50 corporate and special events.
Cris Villonco began her singing career at age nine, and has performed on stage, film, and television as an actor, singer, and recording artist. From 2008-2016, notable theatre credits include Noli Me Tangere and Walang Sugat from Tanghalang Pilipino, Orosman at Zafira from Dulaang UP, D'Wondertwins of Boac from PETA, Jekyll and Hyde and Hamlet from Repertory Philippines, The Sound of Music and Bituing Walang Ningning from ResortsWorld Manila, Red Turnip Theater's Closer and Constellations; and Atlantis Productions' A Little Night Music, Ghost the Musical, and Fun Home the Musical.
In the year ?2000, Cris sang at the St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee mass officiated by Pope John Paul II. That same year, she was featured in TIME (International Edition) as a Hero For The Planet. In May 2006, Cris graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with concentrations in Music, and Economic Development.
Television credits include: Aawitan Kita, ASAP, SOP, and numerous television drama and musical specials. She made her film debut in Fernando Poe Jr.'s Ang Dalubhasa and in 2014 won as Best Featured Actress of the Cinemalaya Director's Showcase for her role as Anna in Hari Ng Tondo.
She won Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2008 (for Repertory Philippines’ Hamlet), Best Actress in a Musical in 2011 (for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Noli Me Tangere) and 2014 (for PETA’s D’Wondertwins of Boac), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (for ResortsWorld Manila’s Bituing Walang Ningning) in 2016 in PHILSTAGE’s Gawad Buhay Awards and Best Actress in a Musical (Bituing Walang Ningning) in the 2016 Aliw Awards. On top of which, Cris was hailed as TIME Magazine’s Hero for the Planet in 2000, and was awarded MTV Philippines’ Favorite Female Video in 1998.