Filipina theater actor Regina De Vera is the only Filipino who has qualified for the Drama Division of one of the most prestigious arts school in New York – The Juilliard School.
Over 1,900 applicants from all over the world auditioned for the 4-year Masters of Fine Arts in Acting Program which starts this September. De Vera was among the 18 who passed the qualifications.
De Vera received financial aid from Juilliard amounting to $28,000 while the total cost of her expenses including housing, basic supplies, and other academic matters reached up to $61,290.
She started crowfunding on May 25 using the #GoFundRegina. Fortunately, she gathered the amount needed as a proof of her capability and get approval for her student visa.
The theater actor started her career by joining a drama club in high school. From then on, De Vera became an advocate of local films and theater plays. She has steadily campaigned for the need to appreciate the ingenious Filipino talent. She is currently a resident actor of Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company from the Cultural Center of the Philippines.