Why I chose Juilliard Drama
There was no question that Juilliard was the school for me after I flew back to the Philippines after two weeks of auditioning for graduate drama programs in New York City in January 2015. Interestingly, Juilliard was my second choice as a graduate school when I initially began applying for grad schools (my first choice was another drama school in New Haven, Connecticut).
I have never been to the United States prior to auditioning in New York City in 2015. For all the mythology that surrounded Juilliard in my unconscious, it didn’t occur to me that it was a moderately-sized building – though it was a very beautiful building. What made me fall in love with the school were the people in it. I thought there was a lot of positive energy and a lot of “light” in the atmosphere of the building. I felt the humanity of the drama students and the warmth of the faculty. I thought, “How wonderful it would be to be part of this community.” It was very healing to receive that warmth and support from a group of people who hardly even knew me. I knew it would help expand the human being in me, not just the artist or the professional in me.
It was very important for me to spend the next four years of my life training in an environment with a community of people who saw my humanity and sought to elevate and celebrate that as opposed to forcing myself into a community that symbolized my pre-conceived ideas of what actresses should look/behave like. I am in the last half of my third year of training now, and I feel solid in my work and grounded in my own internal life. I am looking forward to moving on with the remainder of the training with more wholeness and more openness.
REGINA DE VERA
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES