BareTroupe is a hive of creative expression. Created as a self-directed performing group, BareTroupe provides actors the opportunity to practice their craft beyond the confines of a set show.

Have a scene you've always wanted to do but never had the opportunity to be in that production? Ever wanted to perform your favorite musical number but never been given a stage to do so?

You can

do it all - in BareTroupe.


Rehearsal Manager

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 BeeMetamorphosesAlmost 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, or, most likely, enjoying the company of her insanely funny and talented BareTroupe fam.

Music Manager

Yoonji Jang is a sophomore planning to major in Theatre and Performance Studies & Cognitive Science/Media Studies and minor in Dance here at UC Berkeley. She is thrilled to be returning to her second 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".


Trina Rizzo is a junior from the humidity capital of the world, Florida. She has been a BareTroupe member for two years, was last year's Internal Affairs Director, and is currently the Managing Director of BareStage Productions.  Favorite past performances include Hope Cladwell (Urinetown), Olive Ostrovsky (The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee), Amneris (Aida), and Amber VonTussle (Hairspray). Trina lives and breathes musical theater, but in her spare time loves hanging out with her dogs and making ice cream at Ben and Jerry's.


Morgan Steele is a junior studying Theatre and History, and this will be her second year with BareTroupe! Morgan is currently the Financial Director on the Board of Directors, and in BareStage’s past two seasons, you may have spotted her in Macbeth as the First Witch, Dog Sees God as Tricia, and in Metamorphoses as Eurydice and Aphrodite. Some of her favorite theatrical experiences have included performing in TDPS directing scenes and showcases, competing in Drama Teachers Association of Southern California festivals in her hometown of Los Angeles throughout high school, and participating in the California State Summer School for the Arts’ theatre program. Long live BareStage!


Adam is a senior double majoring in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies & Film Studies. He has performed in the BareStage productions of UrinetownDeath 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 majoring in Economics and minoring in 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 blog 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.


Alex Kownatzki is a third-year with an intended environmental economics major and theater minor. He has been a member of BareTroupe for one year and has performed for BareStage as Corbin Vickers in Death and Other Hobbies and Chad/Lendyll in Almost Maine. He also assistant directed for BareStage’s Urinetown and will direct BareStage’s 12 Angry Men this fall semester. His favorite musical is Sweeney Todd and he is looking forward to another wonderful year with BareStage and BareTroupe!


Matthew Borchardt is a junior majoring in Physics. Since coming to Berkeley, Matt has appeared in a number of BareStage performances, including Urinetown!Almost MaineThe 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.


Cecily Schmidt is a 3rd year Theater & Cognitive Science double major. She joined the BareStage family her freshman year and has appeared in Urinetown!, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, and Death and Other Hobbies. You also might have seen her in the TDPS production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is her second year in BareTroupe and she can't wait for another semester singing and dancing with her best friends. Her favorite musical (at the moment...) is Heathers: The Musical!