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!
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.
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!
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.