Dr. Ricky Abad Chair of Ateneo de Manila University Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
"The Art of Storytelling"
Ricardo Abad is Professor of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as well as Lecturer in Theater Arts, Department of Fine Arts, Ateneo de Manila University. He obtained his doctorate in Sociology from Fordham University, and soon after returning to the Philippines, he launched a second career in the theater by joining Teatro Pilipino at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. In 1984, Dr. Abad was appointed Artistic Director of Tanghalang Ateneo, a university theater company, a post he held until 2014. He was also President of the Philippine Sociological Society, Editor of the Philippine Sociological Review, Director of the Ateneo’s Institute of Philippine Culture, and Director of the Ateneo Fine Arts Program.
His work has earned him several awards, among them: the Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Award, the Most Outstanding Scholarly Work in the Social Sciences as well as the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Humanities, both from the Ateneo, and two ALIW Awards for Best Direction. In 2005, he teamed up with former theater students to organize RolePlayers, a training company that uses theater principles to enrich job performance. His team’s storytelling workshops have been one of the most sought after courses at the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education.
Most Unconventional Work Experience
I was teaching in New York then. My friend and I went bar-hopping and were stone drunk by the time we drove home at 3 a.m. Driving too fast, my friend hit a parked car and as he swerved, ran into something sharp that caused two flat tires. He had no spare tire. Fortunately, we were near a huge lot where cars were parked overnight. We got some tools, walked to the lot, and stole two tires. We then walked back, replaced the flat tires, and drove home. I thought I would be arrested and get deported. I wasn’t.