Student Leadership

Undergraduate Peer Advisors | 2019–2020

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.

Benjamin Arsenault, Peer Advisor
Benjamin Arsenault
Theater and Performance Studies
Anna Sharpe, Peer Advisor
Anna Sharpe
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
Randall Belyea, Peer Advisor and Student Liaison
Randall Belyea
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
Ana Talos, Peer Advisor
Ana Talos
Theater and Performance Studies, Comparative Literature
Bruna Gilla, Peer Advisor
Bruna Gill
Dance and Performance Studies, Art History
Khoi Vo, Peer Advisor
Khoi Vo
Theater and Performance Studies, Media Studies
Michael (Mikee) Loria, Peer Advisor
Michael (Mikee) Loria
Theater and Performance Studies, Film Studies
Arthur Weiss, Peer Advisor
Arthur Weiss
Theater and Performance Studies, Economics
Swetha Prabakaran, Peer Advisor
Swetha Prabakaran
Dance and Performance Studies, Computer Science

Kellyann Ye, Student Liaison
Kellyann Ye
Theater and Performance Studies, Computer Science

Peer Advisor Bios & Contact Info

Benjamin Arsenault

b.arsenault@berkeley.edu

I originally earned a degree in Videogame Production and spent some time developing my own content before I decided to return to school to study robotics and politics. I accidentally became involved in theater and had planned to transfer to Cal as a polisci and theater double major. Seeing all the opportunities in TDPS, however, I decided to focus on only theater, learning playwriting, acting, and directing, and have found many opportunities to direct with an original student-written musical, Walls, through the TDPS one-acts with Silence by Harold Pinter, and now with Barestage for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. If you want help finding how to make the best of your time here as a transfer student, don't hesitate to contact me!


Randall Bellyea

rhbelyea@berkeley.edu

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.


Bruna Gill (they/he/she)

brunagill@berkeley.edu

I am currently in my last year as a Dance and Performance Studies major, Art History minor. I also work in the TDPS costume shop, making costumes for on-campus productions. I moved to the bay from North East LA three years ago unsure of what studying dance at UC Berkeley would look like, but I quickly found myself surrounded by a community of people who supported and inspired me in ways I never could have imagined. The Bay Area is an amazing place to be as a dancer, and there are countless opportunities to perform, choreograph, take classes, and watch dance, so let me know if you have any questions about how to get involved in dance both inside and outside of school! You can contact me if you want recommendations for classes, information about participating in BDP or the Fall Choreo Showcase, suggestions about how to implement self care as a student of dance, or if you want to talk about astrology or get your tarot cards read. Hit me up!


Michael (Mikee) Loria

michaeleloria@berkeley.edu

Before coming to Berkeley, I thought theater was just a hobby. But, after I took Theater 10, I realized that theater was something I could dedicate my life to. I have a deep passion for telling stories and connecting with other artists. Outside of TDPS, I'm involved with Barestage Productions, Bindlestiff Studios, Kollaboration SF, DKAP, and a founding member of ARC Repertory Theatre. If you ever need a heart-to-heart or someone to talk to about majors, minors, or theater life in general, feel free to reach out to me! I'm an email away!


Swetha Prabakaran

swethapraba@berkeley.edu

Outside of TDPS, I'm part of Cal Performances' Student Ambassador for the Arts and teach for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Feel free to ask me any and all questions you may have about navigating Cal, TDPS, or juggling multiple interests at once. I have scholastic and professional experience in dance of many varieties, from classical Indian to musical theatre, and am always happy to chat about anything on your mind!


Anna Sharpe

amsharpe@berkeley.edu

I transferred to Cal as an Art History major but felt the constant pull of performance after taking the acting courses that the department offered, until I finally decided to make the switch official. I kept fighting my passion for whatever reason then decided to stop lying to myself. I have gotten such great direction and advice from mentors and advisors when I felt lost or conflicted from TDPS, so from personal experience as an actor of color, I would like to make any incoming student who is curious or at a crossroads feel as welcomed as I was, because there is room for everyone at the table. I am a double major in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and co-president of Colors of Theater. I am more than happy to listen to anyone who wants to vent, to answer advising questions, and to help anyone find their tribe here in the department. If you catch me around campus with RBF I promise I am hella approachable and a great listener.


Ana Talos

anatalos@berkeley.edu

I am a transfer student from Los Angeles City College where I studied Theatre in the Theatre Academy. At Berkeley I am majoring in Theater and Performance Studies and Comparative Literature. I am also a mother and I came here alone from Los Angeles to get a BA. If you ever need any advice or if there is anything you need assistance with please contact me.


Khoi Vo

khoinv97@berkeley.edu

Through the hardships that I have experienced as a Vietnamese immigrant and an English learner, I have developed a passion for helping underrepresented communities navigate resources, and spreading cultural awareness through theatrical productions and/or events. I am also a Peer Mentor at UC Berkeley Extension-International Programs, an Ambassador of the student-led Vietnamese Student Association, Culture Show, and the Director of Logistics of Salsa at Cal. If I’m not doing any of these, you’ll probably catch me suffering or thriving in Moffitt or Eshleman!


Arthur Weiss

arthurweiss@berkeley.edu

Originally from Brazil, I came to Berkeley with one dream: double major in economics and theater. When I first got here I was extremely confused. It was only when I asked people for help that the answers to my questions became clear. Slowly, I started to learn how to navigate this department and the university. After some time, friends realized I was doing something different and some of them even asked for help to figure out their own schedules and plans. That's when I noticed that the way I approached college could help other people. Instead of being a hard task, advising is a natural part of my life that I love. So please feel free to shoot me an email and I'll gladly help with anything you need.


Kellyann Ye

kellyann_ye@berkeley.edu

I arrived at Cal intending biology, then worked on “Metamorphoses” in October 2017 as a deckhand and was utterly charmed by TDPS. 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. 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!


Undergraduate Student Liaisons | 2019–2020

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

Randall Belyea, Peer Advisor and Student Liaison
Randall Belyea
Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (Double Major)
Hailey Buck, Student Liaison
Hailey Buck
Theater and Performance Studies, Gender and Women's Studies
Sofie Herbeck, Student Liaison
Sofie Herbeck
Theater and Performance Studies, Computer Science
Gaby Pool, Student Liaison
Gaby Pool
Theater and Performance Studies, Education
Kellyann Ye, Student Liaison
Kellyann Ye
Theater and Performance Studies, Computer Science

Student Liason Bios & Contact Info

Randall Bellyea

rhbelyea@berkeley.edu

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!


Hailey Buck

haileybuck98@berkeley.edu

I am a fourth year Theater and Performance Studies Major and Gender and Women's Studies minor. I'm determined to experience all parts of theater and love participating in all sorts of classes, clubs, and experiences. I've worked on Metamorphosis, the Fall Choreography Showcase, All in the Timing, The House of the Spirits, and this upcoming semester on Romeo and Juliet and the Fall Choreography Showcase. Feel free to come talk to me about immersive theater, Shakespeare, theater study abroad, any sitcom, trying to have it all, or anything else your heart desires!


Sofie Herbeck

sofieherbeck@berkeley.edu

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). 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.


Gaby Pool

gabypool@berkeley.edu

Hi I'm Gaby! I am Latinx first-generation college student majoring in Theater and Performance Studies and minoring in Education. Within my time in TDPS I have been able to assist stage manage a show, direct a one-act, and find amazing friends through the department with whom I started the club: "Colors of Theater." In the future, I hope to give back to my community and revive the love for the arts in underfunded schools and put more emphasis on telling stories of underrepresented communities. If you are interested in directing, participating in "Colors of Theater," or just chatting about life feel free to reach out!


Kellyann Ye

kellyann_ye@berkeley.edu

I arrived at Cal intending biology, then worked on “Metamorphoses” in October 2017 as a deckhand and was utterly charmed by TDPS. 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. 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!


Executive Graduate Representative | 2019–2020

The Executive Graduate Rep, Lashon Daley, 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. Email Lashon at l.daley@berkeley.edu