Yoonji Jang is a third-year majoring in Theater & Performance Studies here at UC Berkeley. She is exuberant to be returning to her fourth semester with BareTroupe and continue on as Music Manager. She was last seen in HAIR, her first show with BareStage Productions last semester and is thrilled to take part in more shows this year. 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 lover of all things musical theatre, Laura Osnes, Jeremy Jordan, Lea Salonga… well, anyone or thing related to Broadway. Here's to fantastic & creative season!
Jessica Slaght is a senior double majoring in Theater & Performance Studies and Media Studies and is delighted to continue performing with BareTroupe after managing the group for the last two years. With BareStage, Jessica appeared in , , , and Other favorite roles include Millie () and Maria (). When not in rehearsal, Jessica is likely stalking drag queens on Instagram and making everybody she knows listen to musicals about cheerleaders, presidents, and axe murderers. ALL the love to her BareTroupe fam!
Alex Scoolis is a junior double majoring in Media Studies and Theater & Performance Studies and is very happy to be joining BareTroupe this semester! During his first year at Cal, Alex portrayed Officer Barrel in BareStage’s production of Urinetown. Some of his other favorite past roles include Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Little Cosette u/s (Les Miserables), and Bruiser Woods (Legally Blonde). Many have compared Alex to great artists such as Beyoncé or William Hung. When not pondering the meaning of human existence, Alex can be found hiding from responsibility, singing too loudly in public places, and eating multiple pints of Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting. Other hobbies include crying because he is not Bernadette Peters."
Harry Fahn is a second year intending to double major in theater and psychology. Needless to say, he is so freaking thrilled to be making his Baretroupe debut this year. If you’ve been following the BareStage scene, you probably saw him in Hair where he totally got naked. His favorite musicals include (but are not limited to) Into the Woods, Once, Les Mis, and Spring Awakening. His talents include eating, misplacing his glasses, quoting Harry Potter and Spongebob, and making omelets (I can only flip them like 50% of the time but they always taste good so who cares).
CAMERON LA BRIE
Cameron La Brie is a junior majoring in political science with a focus on comparative politics and a minor in theatre, and he is ecstatic to be making his BareTroupe debut! Being a junior transfer, Cameron has not had the chance to perform in a BareStage production, but some of his favorite roles outside of BareStage have been Angel (RENT), Chad (All Shook Up), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) and Enjolras (Les Miserables). When not in rehearsal, Cameron can be found studying the political similarities and differences between countries, examining the role religion plays in politics, or more likely, sleeping.
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! Last spring, he was the Assistant Music Director for BareStage's production of Hair, and he has also been involved in productions of Legally Blonde, Seussical!, and Bye Bye Birdie. Before coming to Berkeley, Matt attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studied mathematics. His hobbies include crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, coffee, baking cupcakes, and singing Broadway hits sung by female characters.
Shazdeh Hussain is a sophomore intended Economics and Statistics double major. This is Shazdeh's second semester in BareTroupe and first as rehearsal manager, so she is excited to get back to the mf'in grind, yo. 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, LOTR, 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.