We have opened Romeo and Juliet at the Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater last Tuesday, May 1, 2018. We have three shows left and I catch myself daydreaming about summer every now and then (not during a scene, of course). Before I give you a blow-by-blow wish list, let me begin by saying that I hope to recollect myself and have ample space for rest and grounding for 97 days. I have many hopes for my final year at Juilliard and I want to use the summer to ensure that I am ready mentally, emotionally, physically, artistically, and spiritually for what it will give to me.
1) New apartment: I am ready and very much looking forward to expanding from the monk-like lifestyle I’ve been living for over two and a half years. There was reason for tuning out the rest of the noise of the world in order to give space for essential things that have been left out in the hoopla of “busy-ness” while I was working as a stage actress in the Philippines prior to coming to Juilliard. Now that I feel more solid and grounded as a human being and secure in the work I have put into my craft for the duration of my training, I feel ready to move into a bigger apartment and live with someone I can talk to about anything at the end of the day rather than hibernate in my room. I want to welcome more expansiveness both in my artistry as well as in my personal life.
2) Exercise: Now that we no longer have movement classes, it is up to me to ensure that I stay in shape. I’ve already begun going to the gym twice a week since the latter half of April which was a huge step for me since I used to hate working out on my own. I tell myself mentally that this would not be in order to look a certain way (although it is a part of it, I admit) but more importantly, to feel more embodied, grounded and agile – which are always good things to have when one is a performing artist.
3) Dialect classes: I am hoping to begin shaping an internship program with one of my dialect coaches for the summer in order to refine my General American dialect before the industry people coming in my fourth year.
There are a few more (i.e. should I do something with my hair? etc) but those three will do for now.
REGINA DE VERA
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES