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.

BareTroupe Fall Auditions

Auditions: Saturday, September 6th. 2-6pm. Be prepared to stay for

                  all four hours.

Requirements: One minute of a musical theater song with sheet 

music, a backing track, or a cappella.


Jessica Slaght
Jessica Slaght is a second year Theater & Performance Studies and Media Studies double major who is extremely excited to be music manager for BareTroupe this year. Jessica was welcomed to the BareStage family last year as Rona Lisa Peretti in BareStage's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and as various roles in Metamorphoses, in addition to a semester of BareTroupe. Other favorite roles include Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Maria (The Sound of Music), and Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast). Outside of rehearsal, Jessica performs as a princess character at birthday parties, teaches voice lessons to youth, and obsesses over cats on the internet.


Trina Rizzo

Trina Rizzo is a sophomore from the mysterious tropics of Florida. In addition to being BareTroupe's rehearsal manger, she also is BareStage's Internal Affairs Director. For over a decade Trina has been seen in community and professional productions, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky),  Hairspray (Amber VonTussle), Aida (Amneris) and The Fantasticks (Luisa). She loves all animals but especially her pets, Nevo, Leia, Jesus II and Tom Hanks. If you name a musical, Trina will probably know a number from it and start singing too loudly on Sproul wary.  

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a senior English major whose been performing in musicals for eight years.  He found out about BareStage last year, and has found it to be the best theater group that he's ever experienced.  His favorite roles include The Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Mitch Mahoney(Spelling Bee), and Ugly (Honk!).  You will often find him writing, thinking about writing, or sword-fighting.  He was the lead singer in a band called "Sexual Pancakes," and will take any opportunity he can to sing in public.  He adores everyone in BareTroupe, and he firmly believes that each one is the reincarnation of an ancient Greek god.  He is stoked to be working with the theater-themed Pantheon that is BareTroupe. 


Weston Scott
Weston Scott is a senior English and Political Economy Double Major. He has been involved with over 35 productions since the age of ten, with favorite roles including Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Albert (Bye Bye Birdie), Rosencrantz (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), and every role in The Music Man. Weston had the joy to direct last season’s musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as write the fall musical Death, and Other Hobbies. In addition to being in BareTroupe this year, where he insists he can “do it all”, Weston will write the fall musical Wonder Girl and will be directing Urinetown in the spring. In the tradition of Marisa Conroy, I too will do a 90 second musical about your life or anything else upon request.

Matthew Borchardt

Matt Borchardt is a sophomore at Berkeley with plans to major in physics. This is his second year of BareTroupe. At Barestage, he’s been a part of both Death and Other Hobbies and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He plans to do shows and BareTroupe throughout his years at Berkeley so he can continue being around ridiculously attractive and talented people. Besides theater and school, Matt likes to climb buildings, pretend to play drums while walking, and listen to Wiz Khalifa’s “No Sleep”. His friends also state that, despite his education level, he’s really a five-year-old baby boy. He could not be more excited to dance and sing with this incredible crop of cool kids.

  Alex Kownatzki

Alex Kownatzki is a second-year political economy major and a proud new member of BareTroupe. He has been involved in theater for over 7 years and made his first appearance with BareStage as Corbin Vickers in Death and Other Hobbies. Other show credits include: Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Grease (Danny Zuko), and The Wiz (Scarecrow). Outside of theatre, his hobbies include yelling at his favorite sports teams, watching Dom Mazetti videos, and pretty much doing anything for food. He is absolutely thrilled to be joining BareTroupe and is looking forward to another wonderful year with BareStage.


Cecily Schmidt

Cecily Schmidt is a second year pursuing a double major in Theater & Performance Studies and Cognitive Science. After making her debut as the made-up role of "little sister" in Bye Bye Birdie at age 8, she's been involved in theater ever since. She has performed in two BareStage Productions, Death and Other Hobbies (Mrs. Zarconium) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), and hopes to be a part of many more. A Bay Area native, she enjoys hiking the local trails, exploring SF, and curling up with a good book and cup of tea. When she's not performing or studying, she likes to sketch, watch anything on Netflix, and eat snacks.

Daniela Grinblatt

Daniela Grinblatt is a first year Economics major at Berkeley and absolutely giddy to be a part of Bare Troupe! She hails from sunny Los Angeles, CA where she grew up performing in community theater, acting and singing in school productions, and occasionally belting out a high note in the shower. Her favorite roles include Violet in August: Osage County, Ms. Hannigan in Annie, Antigone in Antigone, Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.  Off the stage, Daniela likes running, eating, making inappropriate jokes, and solving math problems… but not all at the same time. 


Quinn Nagle

Hi, my name is Quinn Nagle and I am a senior studying Business Administration, Rhetoric, and Theater and Performance Studies. I started BareTroupe the beginning of my second year and have had a blast ever since. I try to get myself in other performance opportunities including  TDPS shows, BareStage productions, Theater for Charity, Cal Performances, and other clubs on campus. The reason that I love BareTroupe is because nothing is off limits! Creativity is food for the artistic soul and is best accepted when anything is possible. I always look forward to BareTroupe rehearsals where I get to work hard, laugh, try to act normal, and undoubtedly learn something new.

Morgan Steele

Morgan Steele is a sophomore Theatre and intended English or History double major, and she cannot wait to join BareTroupe this year! Morgan is currently the Secretary on the Board of Directors, and in BareStage’s last season, you may have spotted her in Dog Sees God as Tricia and in Metamorphoses as Eurydice and Aphrodite. Some of her favorite theatrical experiences have included playing Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 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.