Student Leadership

Student Liaisons for the 2018-2019 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.

Randall Bellyea

Hi everyone! My name is Randall, I am a third year studying Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (both majors), and am excited to meet you! I love UC Berkeley, and the TDPS Department has been such a high for me during my time here. Seeing how innovative and collaborative the department is drew me into the program, and I hope that I can help other students find and develop their passions! At Cal, I have had the pleasure to work on Polaroid Stories, Metamorphoses, Mechanics of Love, the Dream of Kitamura, and Berkeley Dance Project 2019. I have scholastic and professional experience in both theater and dance, and am always happy to talk about any of my experiences. I would also love to hear about yours, so please do not hesitate to contact me for anything; I am ready to take on the year with you!  Email: rhbelyea@berkeley.edu

 

 

Sofie Herbeck

Hi! I’m Sofie, and I’m a second year Theatre and Performance Studies major hoping to double in Computer Science. I enjoy cats, memes, and wandering around Berkeley. I’ve loved theatre for years, because of the power it has to offer different perspectives through telling people’s stories. I’ve experienced this firsthand at Berkeley through my participation in the 2018 production of the Vagina Monologues and in the Students’ Experimental Theatre group (SXT). VagMons focused on stories chronicling the experience of being a woman, and SXT provided workshops on the ways that theatre can be used to enact social change, by using different tactics to engage and/or involve audiences. In my time here, I hope to continue learning and practicing more effective ways of using theatre to change people’s outlook on life. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, or if you’re considering double majoring, or you just want to chat—feel free to reach out. Email: sofieherbeck@berkeley.edu

 

 

Reed Jones

Hello!  I am a 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 “Metamorphoses”. I am also 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 TDPS provides students with a well-rounded education that prepares us to be the next generation of theater practitioners and scholars. I’m excited to work with my fellow liaisons and students to make this an unforgettable year at Cal! If you have questions or just want to say “Hi,” please do not hesitate to reach out! Go Bears!’  Email: reedjones@berkeley.edu

 

 

Mi Le

Hi there! I am a Dance and Performance Studies major, with a minor in Global Public Health. As a senior TDPS student, I have seen so many amazing productions and talented students go through this department. TDPS is one of the most welcoming and immersive communities here on campus. Declaring as a dance major was the first decision I ever made for myself in college – it has also been the best decision of my career so far. I found my home, friends, and love for performance within this department. I have participated in “The Cherry Orchard,” “Berkeley Dance Project” 2016 and 2018, as well as “Fall Choreography Showcase” in 2017. I’ve also been exposed to movement practices, approaches, and vocabulary that I plan on using for the rest of my dance career. I encourage my peers to get out of their comfort zones and explore all that the department has to offer. If you have any questions about TDPS or what it’s like majoring in Dance and Performance Studies, please feel free to contact me! Email: le.mi@berkeley.edu

 

 

 

Kellyann Ye

Sup! I’m Kellyann. I’m a second year and majoring in theater (technical emphasis), and hoping to double in computer science. I like cats, The West Wing, milky tea, and theater people. I’d never done theater before college, actually. I arrived at Cal intending biology, then worked on “Metamorphoses” in October 2017 as a deckhand and was utterly charmed by the TDPS Department. Now, I also do electrics work for a local theater effects company, and am part of Students’ Experimental Theatre, a campus group focused on unconventional performance. My interest is in political theater, using art to enact social change (can you holler, “stereotypical Berkeley student”?)  When I was a kid, I thought the coolest job ever would be to sit in a room with some brilliant people, making something happen that touched audiences’ minds. It turns out, working in this department involves a lot of those brilliant people. I fell in love with theater because of the TDPS department members that I’ve gotten to work with so far, so please come hang out with me – I’d love to meet you all!  Email: kellyann_ye@berkeley.edu

 

Peer Advisors for the 2018-2019 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.

Randall Belyea

Hi everyone! My name is Randall, I am a third year studying Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (both majors), and am excited to meet you! I originally came to Cal to study Political Science, and did not come to the TDPS department until my second year. In light of this, I know a lot about how advising works not only in this department but others, and how to navigate the campus and its resources. If you ever want to talk to anyone about TDPS, have any questions about the majors or minors, want to discuss life, or goals, or hobbies, or anything else, I am here for you! I have scholastic and professional experience in both theater and dance, and am always happy to talk about any of my experiences. I would also love to hear about yours, so please do not hesitate to contact me for anything; I am ready to take on the year with you and make it an amazing one! I look forward to seeing you soon! Email: rhbelyea@berkeley.edu

 

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.

Christian Nagler

Christian Nagler is an artist, writer, translator, and a PhD candidate in performance studies. Recent writings can be found in TDRPerformance ResearchArt JournalArt Practical, Fillip and in the books Somatic Engagement (ed. Petra Kuppers) and Six Lines of Flight (ed. Apsara DiQuinzio). He has been an Arts Research Center fellow and a columnist for SFMoma’s Open Space. His novel Human Capital: A Lifewas published in 2016 by Publication Studios press. He has recently performed or exhibited at CounterPulse, The Oakland Museum of California, The Kadist Foundation, and The Lab. His dissertation-in-progress investigates the role of performance and performativity in Silicon Valley’s representation of economic and social futures.

Email: christiannagler@gmail.com