Founded in 1994 by Ben Rimalower, BareStage provides a place for student actors, directors, writers, musicians, and designers to practice and develop their craft in a supportive, pre-professional environment.
BareStage produces four full-length shows each season. In addition, BareStage’s musical theatre group, BareTroupe, provides students the opportunity to perform regularly throughout the school year.
Board of Directors
Managing Artistic Director
Laura Weinthal is a senior majoring in the History of Art. She is thrilled to be spending her final year at Cal as the Managing Artistic Director of BareStage, after previously serving as Financial Director during the 2016-2017 season. Other BareStage roles include stage manager for Heathers: The Musical (Spring 2017) and Producer of Somewhere Good (Fall 2016). She is incredibly grateful for all the wonderful members that dedicate their time and talent to BareStage, and cannot wait to see what the upcoming year has in store!
Eliana Adise is a third year double majoring in Theater and Media Studies. She is thrilled to be the newest member of BareStage board as the Marketing Director for this upcoming season. Eliana has been involved in BareStage since she was a baby freshman, both on stage and behind the scenes. She worked run crew on “Boy Gets Girl” and was an ASM on “Heathers.” Additionally, she performed as ensemble in “Spring Awakening” and Mrs. Taylor in “Bat Boy.” She is so excited to spend another season with her BareStage family and can’t wait to get started!
Audrey Hungridge is a second-year Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology and Technical Theater double major from Salinas, Ca. She first learned stage management at Monterey High School, and she has had the opportunity to stage manage with Barestage twice during her freshman year. She is beyond honored to be serving as this year’s Financial Director, Producer for As You Like It, and Construction Manager for Bat Boy and Caberet. She would like to thank her parents, Dennis and Susan, for teaching her a love of theater, and all of Barestage for all their hard work, love and support.
Internal Affairs Director
David Truong is a second year intended Business Administration major and Theater minor, beyond excited to be working with the Board of Directors. BareStage introduced David to the world of theater during his first-ever role as an Ensemble member for Heathers last spring, and now he’s thrilled to give back to the student-run theater company as this season’s Internal Affairs Director and Producer of Bat Boy: The Musical in the fall. You can reach out if you want to get involved or just need help finding the CRH (he will empathize)!
Brennan is ready to return to their role as Technical Director of BareStage for an exciting season of student art! A second year at Cal studying geography from the distant, frigid land of Wisconsin, Brennan got their start in technical theatre lighting for their high school Performing Arts Center. When not spending late nights wiring LEDs in the CRH, Brennan is watching Youtube makeup tutorials, blasting Russian classical composers, or visiting the glade just to see dogs.
External Affairs Director
Zane is a third year political science major and theater minor. He first became involved with Barestage during his second year, as an actor in “Somewhere Good” and an assistant stage manager in “Heathers.” Outside of Barestage he enjoys swimming, working in the ASUC, and sharing the most high quality of memes with his friends. He’s beyond excited to serve as this year’s External Affairs Director and as the producer of “Cabaret,” and looks forward to creating more great memories with his incredible barestage family.
Sophia Stewart is a sophomore majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Spanish. She is so excited to serve as Secretary of BareStage for the 2017-2018 season. She also loves being a part of BareTroupe, where she gets to perform her favorite show tunes with wonderfully kind and talented people. She’s so grateful to BareStage for making the Berkeley campus feel a little smaller and a lot more like home.