MA Dramatic Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara
MA Education, University of Phoenix
Courses Taught: Film 135 (Acting)
Bernardo Bernardo is an artist, educator, and cultural activist with more than 40 years of professional experience and expertise in the performing arts (film, theater, and television). Bernardo has a Litt. B in Journalism from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas; an MA in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and, an MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Phoenix. He took further studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art under a British Council grant. Bernardo was also a scholar of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, under the mentorship of Michael Ball, Duncan Ross and Michael Learned; and, the Inner City Cultural Center of Los Angeles, under C. Bernard Jackson, Beah Richards and Janet Collins. Bernardo is a recipient of two Gawad Urian from the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino: a Best Supporting Actor award for Lawrence Fajardo’s Imbisibol and a Best Actor award for Ishmael Bernal’s seminal film, Manila by Night. Bernardo also merited the Ani ng Dangal in Theater from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for winning the prestigious LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Director (Ang Romansa ni Magno Rubio/The Romance of Magno Rubio), from the Los Angeles theater critics.
Bernardo is a lecturer at the UP Film Institute where he teaches Acting for the Camera. He also teaches Advanced Acting, Musical Theater, and History of Philippine Cinema at Meridian International (MINT) College in Bonifacio Global City. Previously, he taught Filipino under Philippine Studies at the University of San Francisco; and, Tagalog Language and Culture at the University of California Riverside, and at the Foreign Service Institute, School of Language Studies, US Department of State. He also taught Speech at the UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Arts and Communications; and, Cinema Appreciation, Speech, Drama Workshop and Modern Communication at the De La Salle University.