Who's That Girl?
Kimi Galang Villegas is an actor, singer, dancer, and teaching artist originally hailing from Fresno, California. She is currently studying Theater & Performance Studies on the acting sequence with a Dance minor at University of California, Berkeley.
Kimi grew up in the ballet community and in the summer of 2013, was accepted into the Young Dancer Summer Intensive at American Ballet Theatre in New York City. After seeing numerous Broadway shows, it was there that her spark for theater was ignited.
In Central California, Kimi has appeared regionally as both a Junior Company and mainstage performer in 26 of Good Company Players’ productions at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater and Second Space Theater, most notably Sister Act (Michelle/Sister Mary Kay & u/s Mary Robert), My Fair Lady (Flower Girl), and South Pacific (Ngana de Becque). GCP has been known to train such artists as Audra McDonald, Heidi Blickenstaff, Chris Colfer, Sharon Leal, and Miranda Mayo, among many.
Kimi attended University High School, a public-charter high school on the campus of California State University, Fresno that has an equal emphasis on rigorous AP & college curriculum and music education. With UHS’ Phoenix Players, Kimi performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Marie), and The Laramie Project (Cast), and was the Costume Crew Chief for Our Town. With the drama department, Kimi competed in the Fresno City Theater Festival, winning Superior Actress in a Monologue. She was also an active member of the Chamber (most auditioned) and Show Choirs. In Show, she co-choreographed “One” from A Chorus Line and “Time Warp” from the Rocky Horror Show, both of which were performed at the annual all-school Magic of the Arts at the William Saroyan Theater in Downtown Fresno. She also choreographed “Dancing is Not a Crime/Footloose (Finale)” for the Footloose Spring 2020 Concert, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
During her first year at UC Berkeley (virtually), Kimi played Vera and Evil Tina in BareStage Productions’ She Kills Monsters and was an Assistant Vocal Director and Cast member of BareStage's 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, performing solos in “Ballad of Sara Berry,” “Make Me Happy,” and “Mama Let Me In.” With Barestage this Fall, Kimi was the Assistant Vocal Director and played Whatsername in the Green Day musical, American Idiot. She is also a member of BareTroupe, UC Berkeley's only student troupe dedicated solely to musical theater. In the Fall 2021 Showcase, Kimi performed solos from Hadestown, La La Land, Chicago, and Six. This Spring, she will be featured in songs from Hamilton, tick, tick...BOOM!, Everyday Rapture, and Anything Goes.
Kimi is the Vocal Director for Little Virtuosos Project, a non-profit that seeks to educate others on the positive effects music has on mental health. Over the past year, she has established herself as a private voice teacher, instructing a number of skilled students virtually. Kimi is also on the Artistic Board of Directors for Near Far Theatre, a community-based project that explores the dialogue between what brings people together and what pulls them apart. Recently, Kimi was hired as a Teaching Assistant at Berkeley Playhouse, a theater company that produces a professional mainstage season and also has an award-winning arts education program.
Kimi hopes to aid other artists in their journey, and wishes to grow on her own path, pursuing a sustainable and fruitful vocation in the arts. As a Filipina, she is determined to elevate BIPOC voices and portray the lived experiences of Filipinx people.
Kimi Fun Facts
Likes: lumpia, Thai food, boba, iced vanilla lattes, Gilmore Girls, rom-coms, self-help books, existentialist philosophy, indie/folk music, Anthropologie