Rey Buono is a theatre director, acting coach, and performing arts educator with over twenty years’ experience in South-East Asia.
Highly respected in Singapore and Malaysia as an expert in theatre training, Rey founded important pioneering programmes at a number of educational institutions in the region: The Department of Performance + Media at Sunway University College in Kuala Lumpur, the Rumah Teater at Universiti Putra Malaysia, and the Theatre Studies and Drama ‘A’ Level course at Victoria Junior College, the first formal theatre program in the Singapore educational system at any level.
Rey is also well known as a professional theatre director. He has directed over seventy productions, including many successful shows in Singapore and Malaysia, among them: Twelfth Night, Crimes of the Heart, Cherry Orchard, Merchant of Venice, Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Baltimore Waltz and A Dolls House starring Shabana Azmi, the world-famous Indian actress. Rey recently directed Malaysian actress Jo Kukuthas in Athol Fugard’s Road to Mecca for which she earned the prestigious Cameronian Award for Best Performer.
Before coming to Asia in 1987, Rey directed and taught acting for over twenty years at institutions in the United States including Bates College, Shakespeare and Company, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and Milton Academy.
Rey now lives in Thailand. His recent work has been in Myanmar where he keynoted and conducted workshops at the Festival of Contemporary Theatre and Performance Art; Malaysia, where he has done consultancy and theatre directing; Australia, where he was Artist in Residence at the University of Tasmania; and China, where he conducted workshops in documentary theatre.
Most recently, Rey was engaged in major curriculum development at Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur creating programs in the Liberal Arts and Performing Arts and at Siam University, Bangkok, where he was coordinator of Performing Arts.