Audie Gemora has got a lot on his plate.
The theater actor/producer is directing Tanghalang Pilipino's restaging of Noli Me Tangere, which premiered August 5 and will run until August 27.
At the same time, he is producing Peter Pan, slated to open on September 29 with Good Vibes teen heartthrob Sam Concepcion in the lead role.
Audie will also reprise the role of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music which will be staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre at the Resorts World.
At a small press conference last August 9 at Finio restaurant on Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Audie talked theater with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
"Tuloy tuloy pa rin ang theater even though it doesn't earn a great deal of money. That's why we have to do other things like events and artist management—dun kami nabubuhay. But of love and passion, bumabalik pa rin sa teyatro.
"If I could just make a living from theater, I'll probably just do theater," he says.
Audie reveals he would like to direct more projects.
"I realized I'm a producer," he says. "Madalas pag producer ako, I hire a director. I give in to them. Nakakapag-direct lang ako pag hina-hire ako ng ibang companies. Sa sarili kong company I don't get to direct."
Audie won best director in the 2010 Gawad Buhay, the Philstage Awards for the performing arts. His production, Equus, controversial for its explicit nude scene, tied with Tatlong Maria for outstanding play honors.
"It's not naman the number [of shows one directs]," he explains.
"It's the kind of reaction you get from each work that you do. And saka yung pinaka-satisfying sa akin—yung tanggap ka ng colleagues mo. So I'm happy."
WORKING WITH A YOUNGER GENERATION. In terms of experience and recognition, Audie says theater has been good to him.
"I guess [I've come] full circle. Pag naging satisfied ka as a performer, you reach a point in your life when you need to give back. It's [also] about preparing for the next generation of artists."
While he is president of STAGES (talent management) and heads Trumpets (theater company), Audie also functions as TV5's talent center chief.
"Everything na ginagawa ko ngayon is related to talent development. So parang dun ako nalulugar," he says.