BEEN SO BUSY
I have exceeded my quota in terms of length of time in between posts. I do my best to post at least once every three weeks maximum but for the past five weeks I just had to prioritize the training and the work because there were a lot of stuff (good stuff) coming at me that I wanted to be fully in first and foremost.
THREE ROLES AGAIN (this is a good thing, though)
As soon as Top Girls closed (which was in my last blog post), we immediately went into rehearsals for our next project called, Queens Boulevard written by Charles "Chuck" Mee. I was originally cast in two roles for that project, which deceived me into thinking that I would have less to do for this play. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to recast for this one male part and they offered the part to me and after careful reflection I decided to take it. So I'm doing three roles for this play again (and working with three different dialects again, woohooo).
MAKEUP CLASS LOOKS:
From L-R: Undesirables, Frida Kahlo, Gender Swap, Animal (Owl)
One of the things that also kept us so busy the past few weeks was Scene Study class. Scene Study class often takes up a lot of time in the life of a second year and third year Juilliard Drama student because we have to read the play (more than once ideally), learn the scene, rehearse it with props and costumes (and find time to do that within our already intense 13-hour day schedule) and put it up in front of the class. We recently wrapped up our Shakespeare Scene Study class two weeks ago. I had a very fulfilling time in that class. I played Viola in a scene from Twelfth Night, Isabella in a scene from Measure for Measure and the Duchess of York in Richard III.
What took up so much of our time was that as soon as Shakespeare scene study class was over we had to transition abruptly into Master classes with Michael Kahn (who is an acting teacher/legend in the Juilliard Drama Division). I just did a scene from The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams (I played Rosa) for that class yesterday!
Even though at times I feel that things are not in the way I want them to be I do feel a calmness and peace that comes with the sense that I am doing what I need to be doing in my life and I have been and still am staying true to my path and what I have set out to do by embarking on this journey. Oftentimes, I frame it as the "Juilliard Journey" but I know that my journey is bigger than this four-year stint at Juilliard.
For the next couple of days, I'm spending the Thanksgiving holiday with my aunt's family in New Jersey. And then I'm going to prepare for a new scene for Michael Kahn's class and then work on my three dialects for Queens Boulevard (haha).
Regina De Vera
I am a Filipino actress alternating between New York and Manila. I received my acting training at The Juilliard School. Take a look around!