Multi-Cultural Theatre, Children’s Theatre
Ms. Fajilan has worked in the Bay Area as a Director, Production Manager, A.E.A. Stage Manager, and Instructor. Back in the day, she worked with the Magic Theater, Asian American Theatre, Oakland Ensemble Theatre, Berkeley Shakes, Julian Theater, Travelling Jewish Theater, Soon 3, Marin Civic Light Opera, Marin Theater Company, Summer Repertory Theater, Festival at the Lake, The Entertainment Group, lesser mortals, Talespinners and Theatre in Education. She has also directed, consulted and/or taught for Stagebridge Theatre (the Oldest Senior Storytelling Theater), Bindlestiff (The only U.S. Filipino theater with a permanent home) and PMSTA (Pinays Maintaining Strength Thru Solidarity). She is currently developing and writing a sequence of Filipina inspired scripts with members from the Filipino American National Historical Society, East Bay. She taught for City College of San Francisco for eighteen years where she was the Artistic Producing Director for the Festival of American Playwrights of Color, at Laney College as a sabbatical Chair replacement, a guest artist lecturer for U.C. Davis and The Ensemble Theater. She co-developed the freshman learning clusters for Keeping It Real:How Race Matters in Pop Culture and Theatre & Dance for Social Justice. Over the last six years, she has directed The Laramie Project, The Giver, Secrets EXposed, The Hobbit, Scroogie: The Musical, Almond Eyes, Hair, Charlotte's Web, The Christmas Carol, Around the World with Aladdin & Mulan, Ring the Bells, Solo, My Damn Self, Death of a Player, The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer.
Ms. Fajilan encourages her students to produce social justice benefits, events & community services for local and national nonprofits that bring awareness to our society’s complicated challenges. Organizations include: violence against women (V Day & The Vagina Monologues), marriage equality (8theplay & Proposition 8), disaster aid (doctors without borders) and ageism (Stagebridge Theater Company).Through her work with the Filipino National Historical Society, East Bay, she is adapting oral histories into dramatic works focusing on the Bataan Death March, farmworkers , the Bridge Generation, the labor movement, civil rights, miscegenation and biracialness.
In 2012 she was one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the United States/ Innovative & Thought Leader category. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Excellence in Education and her work with students on the teacher track emphasizes an anti-bias curriculum. She is VP for the California Educational Theater Association which promotes Arts education for K-12 students and their teachers. In addition to theatrical core classes, her annual teaching load includes transforming ethnographic material into Solo Performance, multicultural spoken word and the Pilipino American Student Association’s mainstage production :Pilipino Cultural Night.