Jessica Slaght is a third year Theater & Performance Studies and Media Studies double major who is extremely excited to be returning to BareTroupe for her second year as a manager. Jessica was welcomed into the BareStage family her freshman year and has since appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Metamorphoses, Almost Maine, and Urinetown! Other favorite roles include Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Maria (The Sound of Music). This year, Jessica is also super excited to be directing BareStage's musical, Hair, in the Spring! In her spare time, she can be found patrolling the halls of Clark Kerr Campus as a Resident Assistant, obsessively following the progress of The Last Five Years movie on Broadway.com, or, most likely, enjoying the company of her insanely funny and talented BareTroupe fam.
Yoonji Jang is a sophomore majoring in Theatre and Performance Studies & Cognitive Science here at UC Berkeley. She is thrilled to be returning to her third semester in BareTroupe as Music Manager and to BareStage as Historian/Web Designer. Some of Yoonji's favorite onstage roles include Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (DTL Award Winner), Tuptim in The King &I (DTL Nomination), Meg Giry in The Phantom of the Opera, Player in Pippin & various dance shows with CK Dance. Yoonji is a zealot of musical theatre & was recently awarded "Most Likely to Facebook Stalk Broadway Stars".
Adam is a senior double majoring in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies & Film Studies. He has performed in the BareStage productions of Urinetown, Death and Other Hobbies and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He has also appeared in The Pillowman and The Ruling Class. Adam's favorite musical is probably by either Stephen Sondheim or Weston Scott.
Daniela Grinblatt is a sophomore double majoring in Economics and Statistics. She joined BareTroupe the first semester of her Freshman year, and like a baby to a mother's breast, she has not let go since. When she's not practicing jazz hands in the CRH, Daniela spends her time at The Daily Cal office where she works as the assistant development editor. She likes the small thrills in life, like riding fast on the 51B, overdosing on Reese's Pieces, and writing about herself in third person.
Matthew Borchardt is a junior majoring in Physics. Since coming to Berkeley, Matt has appeared in a number of BareStage performances, including Urinetown!, Almost Maine, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Death and Other Hobbies. A favorite musical of Matt’s is Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening. No other musical fills Matt’s often-cheerful heart with so much angst. When not in rehearsal, Matt strives to fill his life with board games, Super Smash Brothers, dance parties, things to climb, and lovely people. The wonderful folks of BareTroupe have ensured that Matt’s life is overflowing with such splendid things.
Madeleine Pla is a third year Music Major who is stoked to be finishing off her first year with BareTroupe! She has previously appeared in BareStage’s 12 Angry Men, Urinetown!, and Wonder Girl. Some favorite roles she played in her youth include Simba in The Lion King and Troy Bolton in High School Musical. When not being told she’s the perfect height for volleyball or runway modeling, Madeleine can be found in her room writing songs on her guitar about boys or hating everything. She also enjoys grilled cheese sandwiches and taking Buzzfeed quizzes way too seriously.
Kenny Wang is a fourth year Theatre and Performance Studies and Media Studies double major. He has performed with Berkeley Playhouse (Mary Poppins/Ensemble, Shrek the Musical/Wolf), BareStage Productions (Macbeth/Messenger, Death and Other Hobbies/Erik Vickers), and El Dorado Musical Theatre (Hairspray/Duane, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat/Jacob). Kenny has a wide range of training including Shakespeare, tap dance, and devised theatre. He is proud to be BareStage Productions' Internal Affairs Director this season. When not on stage or venturing into the dark side of YouTube and Tumblr, Kenny enjoys Netflix, excess caffeine, and planning imaginary trips that he definitely cannot afford. IamKennyWang.com.
Addie Clarke is in her 4th year, and is not-quite-ready but certainly waiting to graduate in May with a major in Biological Anthropology and a minor in Industrial Engineering. She has worked with BareStage since her sophomore year as an assistant stage manager, mama stage manager, and most recently on the stage in Urinetown! Past favorite roles in Emily in Our Town and every role ever in The Nutcracker. She is unbelievably excited to be getting back to it this spring in In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, and to be joining the incredible ensemble that is BareTroupe. In her spare time, you can find her dancing ballet in the kitchen, baking delicious treats, having a cuddle with her critters, quoting Mel Brooks movies, reading books about bones, or napping in the CRH.
Michael Lepage is a second-year planning to double major in Geography and Spanish and minor in Geographic Information System. In their first semester in Baretroupe, they are so grateful to be welcomed into a community of such kind and talented (and sexy) people. You may have seen them playing Scott in Barestage's original Wonder Girl. In their spare time, they are the Vice President of Sigma Epsilon Omega, UCB's Queer and Ally Fraternity, and a peer educator in Greeks Against Sexual Assault.
Shazdeh Hussain is a freshman intended Economics and Peace & Conflict Studies double major. This is Shazdeh's first semester as a BareTroupe member, and she is so excited to get back to performing after a semester off (AKA hell). Some of her favorite onstage roles include the Witch (Into The Woods), Gertrude (Hamlet), and although Cats is not her favorite show, she says playing Grizabella was a grand ol' time. When not singing, she can be found watching The West Wing and way too much Parks & Recreation, probably crying at the same time, and ruining her carefully crafted cool facade. But above all, her one true love is shredded cheese.
Kacey Mayeda is a freshman intended Linguistics Major. This is her first semester in BareTroupe, and she is already frighteningly fond of everyone involved. Past roles include Leanne (Piece of my Heart), Bobbie (The Railway Children), and pretty much any role involving loss of innocence or someone she loves (/herself) dying. Born and raised in L.A., Kacey has spent most of her life thus far either stuck in traffic or complaining about it. She spends her remaining time making uncomfortable eye contact in elevators, laughing/crying at inappropriate moments, and making references to movies she's never seen.
Matt Heid is a graduate student in the School of Education. He is obtaining a Masters in Education as well as a credential to teach secondary mathematics. He serves as the accompanist for BareTroupe, and he is also the Assistant Music Director for BareStage's production of Hair this semester. He has acted in productions of Legally Blonde the Musical and Bye Bye Birdie as well as serving as Pit Director for Seussical the Musical. Before coming to Berkeley, Matt attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studied mathematics. His hobbies include crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, coffee, and singing Broadway hits sung by female characters.