About the Artist
Argel MDR is a Filipino-Canadian singer/songwriter, actor, and an emerging playwright-producer based in Surrey on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations. He is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and the Bachelor of Performing Arts program. Argel has been an active member of the Metro Vancouver theatre community and has been a part of a few productions such as Theatre Under The Stars’ MAMMA MIA! (Eddie), Fighting Chance Production’s Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), and Fabulist Theatre’s All Together Now.
Argel co-founded the Momentum 180 Collective and created The Parallel Project. This workshop program aims to create a collection of extended original monologues written by emerging IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) writers and performed by emerging IBPOC actors.
Argel is an advocate of anti-racism work and inclusion. He wants to use the power of storytelling to inspire youth through his music, theatrical performances, and administrative work. He firmly believes that the arts create significant impacts on the youth’s lives.
All The Latest
Meet the 2021-22 ECD Cohort!
PTC is thrilled to announce our 2022 ECD cohort of playwright-producers: Emmet Hanley, Argel Monte de Ramos, and Alexander Zonjic. From now through the summer they will be assisting on our Unscripted and PTC Platforms work, while training to meet the increasing sectoral demand for producers who understand developing new work. With external mentor June Fukumura, dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, and guest mentors, they will cultivate their own practices while steeped in PTC’s anti-oppression, artist-first methodology for process design. This program is made possible by the BC Arts Council Early Career Development grant.
The Parallel Project at Evergreen
The Parallel Project was born out of a desire to increase the accessibility of monologues written by and for Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) artists. Since the project’s inception in July 2020, eleven monologues have been written by seven artists, undergone professional dramaturgy, and filmed for future distribution.
From topics ranging from difficult conversations with friends, to navigating the pandemic, to discovering and embracing family and culture, this performance weaves together six of those monologues and offers a chance for six individual voices to be heard and celebrated.
Momentum 180 Collective
Argel MDR is the founder and Director, Programming of Momentum 180 Collective. This collective strives to create a safe and inclusive space for IBPOC artists to share and express their stories through theatrical performances.