Student Leadership

Student Liaisons for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Student Liaisons serve as a bridge between students and faculty and form a committee under department Vice Chair, Lisa Wymore. They serve leadership roles, planning student events including the Annual Alumni Panel and the Senior Picnic and help to orient fellow students to department opportunities and processes.

Joseph Ayers

Hi everyone! My name is Joe and I’m a senior triple majoring in Theater and Performance Studies, Dance and Performance Studies, and English. I’m originally from Southern California and came up to the Bay for college. I love this place and this department and I’m excited to be a student leader in it! I found my niche in TDPS and it has truly fostered my passion for performance. It’s very interdisciplinary, which makes it unique, and develops its students into well-rounded artists. I think there is so much power in performance. I believe it can change the world because it teaches you so much about what it means to be human and how to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Everyone has a story that deserves to be told, and it is our job as artists to tell those stories as genuinely as possible. This department has changed my life so much for the better and I hope to inspire the same passion in my peers that this department has inspired in me. If you have any questions about the department, what classes to take, the acting track, dance program, or just want to grab some coffee and hang out, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I love meeting new people. I’m looking forward to a great year with you all! Go bears!

Email: joeayers13@berkeley.edu
Office Hours: TBA

Anya Cherniss

Hello! I’m a transfer student returning for my final year as a Theater and Performance Studies major. I intended to study theater since before I came to Cal, and chose to attend here with the mission of the TDPS department in mind. When I started school here, I promised myself to make the most of every opportunity this department offers its students; as a liaison I hope to help others do this as well. I spend most of my free time acting at local theaters or in school productions – I was a part of “Polaroid Stories” last year – and I’m currently involved in launching an experimental theater group on campus. When I’m not busy creating theater, you can usually find me following around cats and trying to pet them.

Email: acherniss@berkeley.edu 
Coffee/Office hours: TBA

Reed Jones

Hello!  I am a third year, simultaneous degree candidate in Theater and Performance Studies (emphasis in Stage Management) and Business Administration at the Haas School of Business. I came to Cal as a Fall Program for Freshman student and had a difficult time finding my “bear”ings at first. However, after becoming involved with TDPS, I found a supportive community and have been immersed in the department ever since! I have been involved with several TDPS productions including “Chavez Ravine”, “Heart of Spain”, “Berkeley Dance Project”, and am currently involved with our Fall production of “Metamorphoses”. Outside of TDPS I am involved with the UC Rally Committee, ASUC Student Campaigns, and have had the great fortune to work with several Broadway National Tours over the last four years including “Kinky Boots”, “GHOST”, “Annie”, “Dirty Dancing”, and “The Sound of Music”. I strongly believe that our department provides students with a well-rounded education that prepares us to be the next generation of theater practitioners and scholars. I’m incredibly excited to work with my fellow liaisons and students to make this an unforgettable year at Cal! If you have any questions about the department, our productions, internships outside of Cal, or just want to say “Hi,” please do not hesitate to reach out! Go Bears!

Email:  reedjones@berkeley.edu
Coffee/Office hours: TBA

Natalie Juarez

Hello everyone! I look forward to getting to know you all! I am currently a senior studying Theater and Performance Studies. I was a junior transfer from Los Angeles City College and could not be happier to be a part of TDPS. I enjoy the level of freedom you have as a major to explore various aspects of theater that you may be interested in. Also, there are many ways in which you can get involved within the department, from being a part of a production to working behind the scenes. With initial interest in acting, I now have been able to expand myself and take classes in other areas that interest me within theater.  If you have any questions about TDPS or about what it is like majoring in Theater and Performance Studies feel free to contact me!  

Email: nj24@berkeley.edu
Coffee/Office hours: by appointment

Alexander Espinosa Pieb

Why hello! I am a senior, a TDPS major, and a transfer student from De Anza College in Cupertino. Theater has been a passion of mine since I was little, but I never got a chance to really get involved until high school. After a brief exploration with screenwriting at my community college, I returned to theater at Cal when I found out about TDPS. After many doubtful nights and forays into other degrees and interests, it was TDPS that reignited and solidified my love for acting and theater as a form. With so many passionate, talented, and kind people among its ranks, I decided to become a liaison to help all new students feel as welcomed as I did when I first joined. As I took my lower division requirements in my first semester, I performed in Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” with Barestage, and became involved in the greater theater community at Cal. In my second semester, I acted in the wonderful “La Memoria del Silencio” by recent graduate Linda Girón, and expanded my vision of what theater could be both here at Cal and in the world. Now, in my third semester, I couldn’t be more excited to explore what theater can be, and to help you discover that for yourself as well. I will also be serving as a student representative on the production committee, so please talk to me if you have any ideas, suggestions, comments, or questions about upcoming TDPS seasons of shows. Or talk to me if you need any help with anything TDPS related. Or just talk to me! I would love nothing more than to see our TDPS community expand and grow, and that means you feeling as welcome and informed as possible. A stellar semester awaits! 

Email: alexander.pieb@berkeley.edu
Coffee/Office hours: TBA

Ciclady Rodriqguez

Hello Everyone! I’m a senior in the Theater and Performance Studies (with an emphasis on acting) here in TDPS. I’m a transfer student from Fairfield! (An hour away)! I was born in Mexico and growing up I loved and still do love performing! I have acted in a couple plays here at Cal, which was honestly a dream. If you or anyone you know have a question about the transfer process or the acting curriculum please ask! I genuinely love giving advice that would have been helpful to me! Also if you see me around feel free to say hello! I know it can be intimidating but trust me, I’ll be nice!! 

Email: cicladyr@berkeley.edu
Coffee/Office hours: TBA


 

Peer Advisors for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Peer Advisors discuss the Department, courses, opportunities and their personal experiences with current or prospective students and their parents/guardians. Peer Advisors help with events such as Major Declaration Nights, Cal Day and Commencement. They are also “on-call” advisors available to email with, or take a call from, an incoming or prospective student who wants to talk with a current students.

Joseph Ayers

Hi everyone! My name is Joe and I’m a senior triple majoring in Theater and Performance Studies, Dance and Performance Studies, and English. I’m originally from Southern California and came up to the Bay for college. I love this place and this department and I’m excited to be a student leader in it! I found my niche in TDPS and it has truly fostered my passion for performance. It’s very interdisciplinary, which makes it unique, and develops its students into well-rounded artists. I think there is so much power in performance. I believe it can change the world because it teaches you so much about what it means to be human and how to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Everyone has a story that deserves to be told, and it is our job as artists to tell those stories as genuinely as possible. This department has changed my life so much for the better and I hope to inspire the same passion in my peers that this department has inspired in me. If you have any questions about the department, what classes to take, the acting track, dance program, or just want to grab some coffee and hang out, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I love meeting new people. I’m looking forward to a great year with you all! Go bears!

Email: joeayers13@berkeley.edu
Coffee/Office Hours: By appointment

Zackery Brazino

Livia Gomes Demarchi

Hello, my name is Livia Gomes Demarchi, and I am a senior in the Theater, Dance and Performance Studies Department. I came to Cal as a transfer student from College of Marin, where many years ago, I started a local acting career. I have since worked professionally in companies such as the San Francisco Playhouse, Marin and San Francisco Shakespeare Companies, Theater Rhinoceros, BRAVA, Crowded Fire, among others. While at Cal, I am focusing on developing my playwrighting side and exploring other forms of storytelling aside from acting. In the Spring of 2018, my solo performance piece “Quem Eu?” will be presented as a workshop in the department. I am interested in Latinx theater and the intersection of social justice with embodied art forms. Thank you for reading, and I look forward to answering any questions you might have about our wonderful department!

Email: lgdemarchi@berkeley.edu

Ivette Martinez

Hey everyone, my name is Ivette Martinez, but prefer Ivie. I’m a fifth year TDPS major, with a minor in African American Studies. And was a junior transfer from Santa Monica College. I’m originally from LA, but have learned to appreciate and love the Bay for it’s history in free speech movements. I enjoy acting, and have loved every aspect of the technical world, being behind the scenes has helped me know the importance of team work and how Stage Management is a very useful and knowledgable tool, that can be utilized outside the theatre world. After taking a Black Theatre workshop in the TDPS department, this past Spring, it helped me narrow down further what I wanted out of my career. I believe that the exposure we get from the classes that are provided at Cal, can have a great impact and will have students fall in love with theatre through the educational glass and enjoy our the time at Cal. I love meeting new faces, and learning a little bit about where each person has come from. It creates the diversity of the department and makes the learning experience, that much richer. Can’t wait to be of help to you, don’t hesitate to approach me or any of my fellow advisors, we are here to listen and help. 

Lila Mullins

Hello, future leaders of the world! I am in my super-senior year, Class of 2018, studying stage management, production, and playwriting. As an older student in my 30’s, I have globe trotted, and become a student of life, studying medicine, business and theater. During my last 4 semesters here, I have studied theater in another country (Ireland), worked with 8 touring Broadway companies (through volunteering with REAF/Broadway Cares), gotten 3 paid theater gigs (in San Fran and Cal Shakes), and interned with the stage management team of Hamilton for 3 months (while earning school credit!) At TDPS I have worked on Mac Wellman’s A Murder of Crows, The Berkeley Dance Project, The New Play Reading series, and will be working on the upcoming Mechanics of Love. I’m developing my own play, BarCode, for a staged reading in the Spring 2018 and hope to see you all there! I love networking and am always in a good mood, so if you want to stop and chat with me about theater, life, social justice, or anything in between, feel free to flag medown in the hallway or send me an email!

Email: L.Mullins@berkeley.edu

Alex Parkin

Hey everyone, my name is Alex Parkin. I’m a “super-senior” TDPS major. I was a junior transfer from Orange Coast College in Orange County CA. I’ve had the lucky opportunities of working on multiple shows here: as a stage hand for The Cherry Orchard, as assistant stage manager for Chavez Ravine, and as a performer in ReEntry: The Process of Resilience. This last show I mentioned was especially meaningful for me since this show was centered on Cal veteran students and how they experienced their time in the service as well as their transitions back into civilian life. One of the greatest highlights of my time here at Cal was in summer 2016 when I traveled with fellow theater students to study abroad in Ireland. It was an intensive and amazing 5 weeks of Irish history, literature, and theater. A truly unbelievable time! This explains the picture. Can you guess where it is? Please feel free to reach out to me regarding anything in the department. It’s my pleasure to help you. If you ever have trouble finding me in-between all of your studies, just drop by The Bear’s Lair and I’ll pour ya a drink—but you’ll need to be at least 21 years old. But, really I work there as a bartender. Good luck with you studies and break a leg out there! Go Bears!

Mallory Penney

Hello everyone! My name is Mallory Penney and this is my final semester at Berkeley as a theater and performance studies major. I transferred to Cal in Spring 2016 from Berkeley City College. I grew up in the Bay Area and don’t see myself leaving anytime soon! If you have any questions about the TDPS department or major, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!

Email: mallorypenney@gmail.com

Hallie Stickley

Greetings and Salutations! I am a senior Theater and Performance Studies major with an emphasis in Shakespearean acting and a passion for makeup. After two years at Santa Monica College, I transferred here and got involved in TDPS with the intent to make Shakespeare my central focus. During the ’17 Spring semester, I contributed/acted in “The Othello Project,” a workshop created by a friend of mine and participated in the NPS, which had the cast reading new plays written by up and coming playwrights (it was a lot of fun!) As a transfer student, acclimation to university life can prove challenging as you are being thrown into a new environment with less time to become truly familiar with all that the campus has to offer. While I have been here, self-care, not being afraid to ask for help, and time management have helped me maintain my personal balance and be open to positive experiences. Feel free to ask me questions about transfer life, TDPS, Shakespeare, or anything that is on your mind! Reaching out to people in TDPS has greatly helped me gain my footing here and I hope to help you guys as well.

Email: teadreamstheatre_13@berkeley.edu 

Brooklyn Page Torres

Hey everyone!  My name is Brooklyn, pronouns are they/them or he/him, and I’m a senior majoring in Theatre & Performance Studies.  I am a transfer student from American River College, where I earned my A.A. in Theatre Arts.  In addition to acting, I also am a dancer, musician, and swimmer.  When I was 11 years old I was cast in a production of “Brundibár” by Hans Krása, which opened my eyes to the ways performance can be utilized as a platform for social change.  As a queer and trans person of color, I’m particularly passionate about creating and demanding the space for positive representation of marginalized identities in and through performance.  The most valuable thing I’ve learned in my time at Cal is how to take the initiative to make space for my non-binary Pilipinx existence in theatre, rather than apathetically accepting the blaring cishet whiteness of the theatre industry.  If you ever have questions or need support in any way, please feel free to reach out to me.  Maraming salamat!

Email: brooklynptorres@gmail.com


Executive Graduate Representative

The Executive Graduate Rep acts as the student liaison for the  Graduate Policy and Review subcommittee, which sets and revises policy for the graduate program in performance studies. The Executive Graduate Rep also co-organizes graduate town halls with the Head Graduate Advisor, facilitates elections for all other graduate-student held positions within the department, and acts as the key liaison to the department for graduate concerns.

Paige Johnson

PhD Candidate in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Gender and Women’s Studies (UC Berkeley); B.A. Theatre and Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University; Mellon-Mays Fellow; Fulbright Fellow. Paige’s work sits at the convergence of performance studies, queer studies and Southeast Asian Studies. Currently working in Indonesia, Paige brings a cross-disciplinary intelligence as both a scholar and performer to her work with Male-to-Female trans communities known locally as Waria. Focusing on a large constellation of  performative practices, Paige explores how “Waria”—as an identity, point of identification, social signifier of difference, and node within transnational queer codes—manifests through various “genres” of performance enacted by Waria-identified subjects, seeking to understand Waria as both subject position and aesthetic demarcation. In addition to her own research, Paige has directed a TDPS workshop production of The Maids  and currently co-leads the Color of New Media working group with Professor Gail de Kosnik, as well as the Queer Theory in South and Southeast Asia working group with Darren Arquero.