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About Rey Buono


Rey Buono

Rey Buono is a theatre director, acting coach, and performing arts educator with over twenty years’ experience inSouth-East Asia.

Highly respected in Singapore and Malaysia as an expert in theatre training, Rey founded important pioneering programmes at a number of educational institutions in the region: The Department of Performance + Media at Sunway University College in Kuala Lumpur, the Ruma Teater at Universiti Putra Malaysia, and the Theatre Studies and Drama ‘A’ Level course at Victoria Junior College, the first formal theatre program in the Singapore educational system at any level.

Rey is also well known as a professional theatre director. He has directed over seventy productions, including many successful shows in Singaporeand Malaysia, among them: Twelfth Night, Crimes of the Heart, Cherry Orchard, Merchant of Venice, Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Baltimore Waltz and A Dolls House starring Shabana Azmi, the world-famous Indian actress. Rey recently directed Malaysian actress Jo Kukuthas in Athol Fugard’s Road to Mecca for which she earned the prestigious Cameronian Award for Best Performer.

Before coming to Asia in 1987, Rey directed and taught acting for over twenty years at institutions in theUnited Statesincluding Bates College, Shakespeare and Company, theNorth CarolinaSchoolof the Arts, andMiltonAcademy.

Rey now lives in Thailand. His recent work has been in Myanmar where he keynoted and conducted workshops at the Festival of Contemporary Theatre and Performance Art; Malaysia, where he has done consultancy and theatre directing; Australia, where he was Artist in Residence at the University of Tasmania; and China, where he conducted workshops in documentary theatre.

Currently, Rey is engaged curriculum development at Taylor’s College in Kuala Lumpur. He is setting up programs in the liberal arts and the performing arts.

”Rey Buono showed himself once again to be an imaginative, intelligent, and inspired theatre director who combines craftsmanlike competence with poetic passion.”   Review by Antares in Kakiseni.


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