13. INTERVIEW: Stay Open Throughout the Process with Actor Regina Morones

In this episode, we speak with native Bay Area actor, singer, educator, a Resident Artist at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and a company member at Ubuntu Theater Project– REGINA MORONES! A talented actor and great collaborator to playwrights, Regina shares with us her audition experience into the MFA Acting program and her life after. Find out more!



Born in Oakland, CA, Regina Morones is a Bay Area based actor-singer-educator, a member of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Resident Artist Company and a company member at Ubuntu Theater Project. She began her career in theatre with the Oakland Ensemble Theatre’s Youth Theatre Arts Professional Program (YTAPP) under the direction of Helena-Joyce Wright. YTAPP gave her the opportunity to do community outreach by touring to schools in the Bay Area and overseas in Denmark, as well as performing in the AfroSolo Arts Festival in San Francisco.

Regina went on to pursue a B.A. in Theatre Arts at Clark Atlanta University and an M.F.A in Acting from the University of Iowa. Her three years training at UIOWA not only challenged her to make truthful and honest connections on stage, but also left her feeling empowered. UIOWA’s annual New Play Festival and the countless collaboration opportunities with M.F.A playwrights and directors ignited her love for new works. Since graduating from UIOWA in 2015, Regina has worked on various new plays such as By Blood (Playwrights Center of San Francisco), Palace Wreckers (Central Works Theater), White Iris (Short Lived New Play Festival), Strange Ladies (Central Works Theater), Love Sick, A New Musical (Jewish Circle Theater), and The Princes: Thanatos & Hypnos (The SF Olympians Festival).

After graduation from UIOWA in 2015, Regina returned to the Bay Area for the summer tour of Romeo & Juliet at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and to her excitement was invited to join the Resident Artist Company soon after. As an SF Shakes Resident Artist she has taught, directed, and been a camp manager for the Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and the Saturday Upstart Crow Program for the past 3 years. Regina has also toured various schools in Alameda and Marin Counties as an Actor-Educator with the New Conservatory Theatre Center’s YouthAware program in 2016. Her passion is to continue to create and be a part of theatre that uplifts the marginalized by planting seeds of hope, tolerance, and change to promote healing and unity in the Bay Area.

Regina was recently seen as Meredith in Woman Laughing Alone With Salad by Sheila Callaghan at Shotgun Players. Bay Area credits include Woman On Fire (Those Women Productions), Richard III, The Winter’s Tale (African American Shakespeare Company), Palace Wreckers, Strange Ladies (Central Works Theater Company), A Streetcar Named Desire, Mother Courage (Ubuntu Theater Project), Love Sick (Jewish Circle Theater), Othello (Marin Shakespeare Company), Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Douglas Morrison Theatre), Anna In The Tropics (Ross Valley Players) and Romeo & Juliet (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival).


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