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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alona Bach (Founder, Director of Theater Communications): Alona recently graduated from Berkeley High and is currently on a gap year before heading to Harvard. She has spent ridiculous amounts of time and money on theater-going over the past four years, but thinks that it was very much worth it. In addition to theater-going, she has worked onstage with theater companies such as Just Theater, Symmetry Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, and CCT, and recently discovered that she enjoys playwriting (when she doesn't have chronic writers' block). She is very proud to be working on Up Next with such a wonderful team of teens.
Kenya Granich (Director of Marketing): Hey there, I'm Kenya Granich and I'm an incoming junior at College Prep. I've been a musical theatre buff for the past ten years, but can't wait to direct new works some day! On any given weekend night you'll find me either in the audience of one of my favorite local theaters or up on my high school stage performing a terribly low budget production of some sort. I think theatre is one of the most important tools young people can use to discover the world and themselves, and I encourage you to explore every aspect of it that you can!
Saskia Levy-Sheon (Director of School Outreach): Saskia grew up and currently lives on an urban farm in Oakland, CA. She graduated from Oakland Technical High School and will attend Bryn Mawr College in the fall of 2012. Saskia has been passionate about the performing arts since middle school. She has since interned with Opera Piccola and for two years was a member of OakTechRep, Oakland Tech's award-winning theater company. She also has a passion for languages and sometimes forgets whether she is speaking English, French, Spanish, or Arabic.
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD
Katy Corbus: Since performing in her first community theater production at the age of six (and loving it!), Katy has had a passion for being onstage. She has worked with companies around the Bay Area including Lamplighters Music Theatre, Willows Theater Company, Woodminster, and Berkeley Playhouse. Currently living in Los Angeles, she attends Hamilton High School's Academy of Music and continues doing theater and acting. She is inspired by creations like Up Next that help raise awareness and increase interest in the wonderful theater world and is ridiculously excited to have the opportunity to be a part of it!
Eliza Loyola: Hi, I'm Eliza and I'm a sophomore at Drew High School in San Francisco. I've been acting for the past eight years and hope to continue. Some of my non-theatre related hobbies include finding the recipe for the perfect Hollandaise sauce and the best chocolate cake. On the weekend you'll usually find me at a museum in the city or in guitar lessons. I look at Up Next as the perfect community for teens to accumulate knowledge about independent and original theatre.
Clio McConnell has been an avid lover of theater since the tender age of eight, when she first attended a Shakespeare summer camp. Since then, she's seen and read too many plays to remember, and is heading off to New York University in the fall, where she hopes to see and read quite a few more. While attending Berkeley High School, Clio was involved in the theater department as a costumer, working on several shows, including A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was lucky enough to assistant-direct a production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest in the spring of 2011.
Morgan Rose, a junior at Berkeley High School, has been involved with numerous theater companies throughout the Bay Area, including YMTC, Lamplighters Music Theater, and Woodminster Summer Musicals. She takes various styles of dance at Shawl Anderson and studies voice with Jennifer Ashworth. She is very much looking forward to co-directing Berkeley High School's 2012 production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," as well as diving into her almost certainly tumultuous and exhausting year filled with Latin and AP Biology. When she is not on the stage, Morgan enjoys doing yoga and jamming on her acoustic guitar!