Student Leadership

Student Liaisons for the 2016-2017 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.


Isabel Cruz

I am a Theater and Performance Studies major.  This year, I am a “super” senior and, as a transfer student, this is my third and last year at Cal.  Born and raised in California’s beautiful Central Coast region, I am a first generation college student.  I became involved in theatre and the performing arts when I began singing at El Teatro Campesino, in the mission village of San Juan Bautista.  I received my A.A. in Theatre Arts with an acting emphasis, and another in Humanities/Language Arts, from a small community college called Gavilan, in South Santa Clara County.  I usually spend my summers working with children at theatre arts summer camps, but this summer I was fortunate enough to participate in the Berkeley Summer Abroad Irish Theatre program.  My hopes for this academic year are to make theatre and to be accepted to graduate school.

Coffee/Office hours: Mondays 11:00 AM-12:00PM at Hearst Field Annex Courtyard



Hesed Kim

Hey guys! I’m a senior pursuing a major in Theater and Performance Studies (with an emphasis on acting) and Dance and Performance Studies here in TDPS. Being a double major in the department is challenging but definitely gives me access to a solid comprehensive experience to the department and the world of performance as a whole. I am also a transfer student from southern California, so coming into a four year university like Cal is super exciting. Performance is my passion, and it is such an honor to study alongside such incredible students. I have acted in the New Play Reading Series and also danced in the annual Berkeley Dance Project and am looking forward to performing more this year. If you have any questions about the transfer process, the acting curriculum, the dance program, or anything in general, don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to say hi if we bump into each other as we head to our classes.

Coffee/Office hours: By appointment


Yoonji Jang HeadshotYoonji Jang

Hi everyone! My name is Yoonji and I’m a fourth year studying Theater and Performance Studies, Media Studies & Political Science here at UC Berkeley. I’ve been performing all my life as a dancer and musical theatre performer. I came to Cal as a spring admit in spring 2014 and had a difficult time finding my bearings at first. However, after taking my first acting class in Theater 10, I found a supportive community and have been immersed in TDPS ever since! I’ve been involved in several TDPS productions including Summertime, Murder of Crows and The Cherry Orchard. I’m also an active member of BareStage Productions and BareTroupe, both student run organizations on campus. As an Asian-American student, actor and person in America, I want to contribute to society by helping to increase the visibility of minorities and alter their socially constructed stereotypes and portrayal in the media and performing arts. I believe UC Berkley has provided me with the necessary skills and paved the way towards that change. I’m incredibly excited to be working with my fellow liaisons and TDPS staff to make 2016-2017 an unforgettable year for you all! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding the TDPS department, acting classes, schedule planning and other student opportunities at Cal. Go Bears!

Office Hours: TBA




Julian Damian Marenco

Hello! I am a fourth year double major in Theater and Performance Studies and History. When I’m not rehearsing in one of the dressing rooms, I’m usually somewhere on campus drinking coffee and listening to Whitney Houston. I wanted to be a TDPS liaison because this department has helped me discover my passion within the arts and possible career choices in the future! I initially took Theater 10 my Freshman Year as a way to fulfill a Breadth requirement and I did not intend on taking more classes within this department, let alone majoring. However, the instructor and students made the class an experience that shifted my perspective and inspired me to double major. Since then, I have mainly focused on acting and playwriting and am currently learning Scenic Design. This semester, I’m working on “Chavez Ravine” with a group of fantastic actors and crew. Overall, I wish to help the department that helped me find my voice in any way possible and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to do just that. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions regarding playwriting and acting classes!

Coffee/Office hours: Fridays 3-4PM at The Bears Lair

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Hi everyone! I’m a fourth year Theater and Performance Studies major, with a minor in Computer Science. During my first semester at Cal, I was a pre-medical student determined to take an acting class for fun (my high school didn’t offer theater, so I resorted to good ol’ Speech and Debate), but then absolutely fell in love with theater, performance studies and the department. I learned that you don’t have to be a doctor to make an impact on someone’s life. I found my humanity in theater, and figured out that theater is the best way I can give my heart and soul to the world. This past school year, I was lucky to be in the fall production of “The Cherry Orchard” and the spring production of Andrea Almario’s “Chasing Papeles.” Over summer 2016, I was an ambassador for Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Residency Lab and went Ireland for the Irish Theater Program! I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities and people that I have met by being in this department, and wish to share that by being a liaison. Come talk to me anytime! I’d love to answer questions, and discuss theater, tech, or pretty much anything!



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.

IMG_2723Joseph Ayers

I am a junior with a triple major 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 school so much it’s ridiculous; I’m like Berkeley’s number one fan. I also really love 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. I am also pretty involved in the Berkeley Dance Community and my cinema fraternity outside of the department, so if you’re interested in either of those I can point you in the right direction. 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 could talk about TDPS all day and I love meeting new people. I’m looking forward to a great year with you all! Go bears!

Coffee/Office Hours: By appointment

IMG_0265Heather Brown

Hi everyone. My name is Heather Brown and I am a senior majoring in Dance & Performance Studies and Social Welfare. I am from the San Fernando Valley down in Southern California and have really enjoyed living in the bay area. I love all types of dance, but here at Cal I have focused mostly on modern dance, but outside within the dance community I also take ballet and contemporary. Being a double major has combined two of my passions to help others as well as to expression myself through the arts and I feel fortunate enough to be able to do both. I am here to help answer any questions that you might have so feel free to contact me.


                                                                        Isabel Cruz (see bio under Liaisons)

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Hello everyone. My name is Katherine Garcia and I am a Bay Area native. I transferred from a California Community College the fall of 2014. At Contra Costa College I got my Associates Degree in Human and Behavioral Studies and also studied acting. I am a Theater and Performance Studies major with a minor in Ethnic Studies. I choose to study theater because growing up in Richmond, California, I saw the injustices that occurred within my community and I hope to use theater as a method towards social change. What better place to learn those skills than UC Berkeley? Now at Cal I am part of the Teatro Project, which is a collective group that facilitates workshops with organizations on campus and organizes events. I was also trained as a Cal student orientation leader. I provided resources and shared my own experience on transitioning into a research university. As a liaison I hope to be a leader in the department, but most of all a resource for new students and, in particular, to the transfer population.

Coffee/Office hours: Thursdays 12:20 PM-1:30PM at Cafe Milano

10922377_10200224536093416_7714700636535847527_oIvette Martinez

Hey everyone, my name is Ivette Martinez, but prefer Ivie. I’m a fourth 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

image1Mallory Penney

Hello everyone! My name is Mallory Penney and I am a third year majoring in Theater and Performance Studies with an emphasis on acting and stage management. 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!






 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.