Upstart… The Story So Far

  • Monty Pythons Spamalot


    Book and Lyrics by Joel Trinidad
    Music by Jon Meer Vera Perez
    Directed by Joel Trinidad and Nicky Triviño

    “A laugh-out-loud musical”
    — Vladimir Bunoan, ABS-CBN News

    “Crazy… zany… a non-stop laugh-fest”
    — Leah Salterio, The Philippine Star

    “Cheerfully deranged… superb performances”
    — Regina Mae Parungao, Manila Bulletin

    “’Spamalot’ is a scream… A hoot of a show”
    — Cora Llamas, Philippine Daily Inquirer

  • The Glitter Trap


    “THE GLITTER TRAP glows unique… a vision of what’s to come
    for the future of Philippine theatre”
    — Sam Aquino, Adobo Magazine

    A delightful piece of theatre for families to enjoy…
    a wonder-filled surprise”
    — Carl Cariño, Teacher and Director, Principal of Maria Montessori Children's School

    “… a refreshing lack of pretension… [the] fun was infectious”
    — Emil Hofileña, Philippine Daily Inquirer

    “… a sparkling performance by kids bursting with comedy talent.”
    — Ligaya Gasataya, Manila For Kids

  • The Glitter Trap


    “A must-watch play”
    — Philippine Daily Inquirer


    “Comedic, pensive, and passionate”

    “Cleverly directed and wonderfully acted”
    — Jose Mari Chan

  • Into The Woods

    Starring Rachel Alejandro, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Lorenz Martinez, Reb Atadero,
    Jillian Ita-as, Noel Trinidad (as the Narrator), and many others.
    Musical Direction by Dingdong Fiel. Directed by Joel Trinidad.

    “Wishes delightfully granted… cast[s] its spell on theater lovers…
    fun… hilarious… this version works”
    — Ma. Glaiza Lee,

    “Captivating…enthralling… stellar performances”
    — Sam Beltran,

    “No special effects, but still pretty special… energetic… hilarious… strong performances”

    “Trinidad has assembled a vocally talented ensemble that truly gives justice to Sondheim’s intricate melodies and difficult verses.”
    — Vladimir Bunoan,


    Book and Lyrics by Joel Trinidad,
    Music by Regie Tan
    Directed by Joel Trinidad
    BGC Activity Center (November, 2014)

    "Fine acting, stylized sets and catchy songs. All these translate to a wonderful holiday entertainment.”
    — Jose Mari Chan


    Various Writers and Directors
    Rastro, Burgos Circle,
    BGC (August and September, 2014)
  • SOS 2

    Written and Directed by Joel Trinidad
    Rastro, Burgos Circle,
    BGC (July, 2014)

    Written and directed by Joel Trinidad
    CCP Silangan Hall (January, 2014)

    "Historic… brave… moving."
    — Suchitra Dalvie, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

  • S.O.S.: Showcase Of Original Shorts

    Written and directed by Joel Trinidad
    Caixa Bar and Restaurant (October, 2013)

    "Theatrical euphoria"
    — Totel de Jesus, Philippine Daily Inquirer

    "Imaginative… zany…"
    — Lana Chan,

    "Witty, funny, and superbly acted"
    — Gemini Quintos, ABS-CBN Publishing

  • UNSPEAKABLY YOURS: The Underarm Monologues

    by Joel Trinidad and Cathy Azanza-Dy
    Teatrino, Greenhills (October, 2012)
    Directed by Cathy Azanza-Dy

    "A 'speakably unspeakable' hit"
    — Toff de Venecia, The Philippine Star

    — Kristine Ching, Metro Magazine

    "A must-see!"
    — Max Ignacio, Mega Magazine

    "Hilariously good"
    — Jess Osoc, Shot Magazine


    by Gerard Alessandrini
    Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC (May, 2012)
    Musical Direction by Onyl Torres | Directed by Joel Trinidad

    "Incredibly funny…"
    — Lea Salonga

    "Never a dull moment…"

    “Sheer joy”
    —Bibsy Carballo, The Philippine Star

    “Stellar performances that were wildly applauded by the very appreciative audience.”
    —Juan Antonio Lanuza, BusinessWorld

    “Truly great theater… exciting… hilarious… This is one show that should not be missed!”
    —Elian Habayeb, The Manila Standard

    “Side-splitting laughter at every performance!”
    —Kristine A. Caguiat,

    “Incredible… I have never seen a more talented ensemble”
    —Julie Yap-Daza, The Manila Bulletin


    Book by Jaime del Mundo | Music by Ed Gatchalian | Lyrics by Joel Trinidad
    Meralco Theater (February to March, 2012)
    Directed by Jaime del Mundo
    (Produced by 4th Wall Theater Company in cooperation with Upstart Productions)

    "… probably the best songs I've heard in a Filipino musical for some time."
    — David Dizon,

    "… brilliant staging... beautiful musical numbers… masterful…"
    — Noel Zarate, Yahoo! Sports Philippines


    by William Shakespeare
    School Tour (July to September 2011)
    Directed by Joel Trinidad

    "… impressive energy… well-assembled cast…
    Upstart's adaptation is definitely very much something teenagers
    and once-teenagers will enjoy."
    — Carmela Lapeña, GMA News

    "… remarkable, playful and interesting… an apt dose of wit
    and humor [in] the hands of a very capable director and a strong [cast],
    from the chorus to the leads."
    — Trixie Dauz, Blogger


    by Rob Becker
    Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC (May 2011)
    Directed by Michael Williams and Cathy Azanza-Dy
    (Produced by CTE Productions in cooperation with Upstart Productions)

    "A humorous yet insightful play…
    Joel Trinidad has a very dominant stage presence… impeccable timing, and… seriously hilarious acting skills…"
    — Ma. Glaiza Lee, The Manila Bulletin

    "Engaging… a treat to watch… a perfect date play…"
    — Sujata S. Mukhi, BusinessWorld


    Book & Lyrics by Joel Trinidad | Music by Rony Fortich | Directed by Joel Trinidad
    Teatrino, Greenhills (February to March 2011)
    (Produced by CTE Productions in cooperation with Upstart Productions)

    "A must-watch show for theater lovers."
    — Anton Diaz,

    "Very well-written… Clever and witty…
    A refreshing look at the old game of love among today's young people."
    — Jose Mari Chan

    "Brilliant… original… cast a magic spell that caught the undivided attention of the audience."
    — Chuck Gomez, The Philippine Star


    Written and directed by Joel Trinidad
    Times Square Arts Center, NYC (October 2010)
    (Produced by CTE Productions in cooperation with Upstart Productions)

    "… a delightful, fun, energetic and endearing piece. What an incredible New York theater debut! I'm sure we will see much more from this talented artist and playwright!"
    — Tara Howard, NYC photographer

    "Very well-written… Clever and witty…
    A refreshing look at the old game of love among today's young people."
    — Jose Mari Chan

    "Encapsulates… the obsessive silliness that is puberty. A hilarious, lightning-fast time warp."
    — Pat Vicente, UNICEF