In 1967, five actors, Zeneida “Bibot” Amador, Carmen “Baby” Barredo, Leo Martinez, and Tony and Monica Mercado, fueled with passion and talent, set up Repertory Philippines Foundation. The vision of the organization was to create and develop an interest in culture and the arts in the country, build a theater industry that would enable talented Filipino-actors, directors, producers, designers, technicians to work at what they loved, and to make theater-going a social habit in the Philippines. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit corporation on February 6, 1970. For more than 50 years, Repertory consistently produced plays and musicals of universal interest in English and has set standards of artistry for both production and performance in the Philippines. It has become the most well-known and respected theater company in the Philippines. Its main office is located at Unit 14, Ecoville Executive Townhomes, Metropolitan Avenue, Makati City.
Its purposes, among others, are “to produce live theater that is excellent, resilient, entertaining, and more importantly to champion the integrity of the Filipino artist and enrich the cultural life of the community in a sustainable manner; to inspire, entertain, connect and confront audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new plays; train and sustain the next generation of theater artists; provide workshops and programs to foster an environment for young artists to imagine and grow freely; and to be the most indispensable premiere theatre company”. The foundation’s programs focused on the following areas: 1) Season Shows (now on its 81st season); 2) Performing Arts Workshops and Scholarship Workshops; 3) Repertory’s Theater for Young Audiences (RTYA); and 4) Various Projects.