Regina De Vera (she/her/siya) has dreamt of becoming a great actor since she was 12 years old. This dream has led to a series of pivots and shifts, from first wanting to become a musical theater performer, to wanting to become a classically-trained actor, and so on. From high school drama club president to Tanghalang Pilipino to The Juilliard School in New York - Regina has started over many, many times.
Highlights of her journey include playing Portia in Der Kaufmann, a Filipino adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, from which she won "Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play" in the 2013 Gawad Buhay! The PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing Arts. At The Juilliard School, she had the privilege of playing iconic roles such as Irina in Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters (2017), Little Red in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods (2018), and Mother Courage in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children (2019).
She booked her first professional lead role in the United States barely into her final quarter at Juilliard in the Tony Award-winning theatre, The Old Globe, directed by Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Sweet Charity), in a Steve Martin farce called, The Underpants (2019).
Regina was also known for launching #GoFundRegina in 2015, a crowdfunding campaign aimed to fund her first year of studies at The Juilliard School that raised $26,789 in a span of three and a half weeks. A triumph of personal branding and self-marketing, she has since funded her subsequent years of training by multiple scholarships, grants and fellowships. After a series of pivotal events brought by the pandemic, Regina has decided to consolidate her business smarts into a series of classes geared to serve the Filipino performing arts community.
Now with an MFA in Acting at The Juilliard School, Regina is at the frontier of a new phase. She hopes to utilize her diverse sets of experiences and skills to build a wonderful life, career and community.
The Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship
Juilliard Commencement Awards 2019
2016 and 2017
Raul Julia Memorial Scholarship in Drama
The Juilliard School
Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play
(Portia, "Der Kaufmann,"
The Merchant of Venice/Ang Negosyante ng Venesya)
Gawad Buhay! The PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing Arts
Loyola Schools Award for the Arts (Theater Arts)
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
The Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group (PHILSTAGE) is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year. From the four quarterly citations, the jury selects the final nominees qualified for the Gawad Buhay! Awards. The Gawad Buhay! Awards is the country’s first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts and it is only given once a year.