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.
At the age of three, Kimi began taking tap and ballet classes. During her first recital and an impressive rendition of "The Chicken Dance," her tap shoe flew off of her foot and into the audience. The little professional that she was, Kimi sauntered into the audience, picked up her shoe, put it back on, and continued with the dance as if nothing happened. 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 August 2022, Kimi performed in Roanoke, Virginia on her first professional contract as one of three adult lead vocalists in Virginia Children's Theatre's Brand New Day: A Celebration of Unity , a concert celebrating unity, focusing on cultural and LGBTQ diversity through children's literature and musical theater favorites from shows, such as Aida, Footloose, Kinky Boots, Sister Act, The Prom, and more! This Fall, Kimi made her San Francisco professional debut as Wednesday Addams in Landmark Musical Theatre's The Addams Family.
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 came to UC Berkeley with plans of pursuing a pre-med track as a double major in Molecular and Cell Biology and Theater to become a dermatologist and create a hypo-allergenic stage makeup line. Attending STEM classes and 3-hour chemistry labs on Zoom during her first semester, Kimi found herself extremely unhappy and soon discovered a career in medicine was not her calling. Her true passion lies in the art of storytelling and the stage has always been her safe haven. She decided to go for her Theater degree, and thanks to her credits from high school, Kimi is graduating a year early from Berkeley in Spring 2023.
During her first year, Kimi got involved with BareStage Productions, playing Vera and Evil Tina in She Kills Monsters and was an Assistant Vocal Director and Cast member of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, performing solos in “Ballad of Sara Berry,” “Make Me Happy,” and “Mama Let Me In.” Kimi was the Assistant Vocal Director and played Whatsername in the Green Day musical, American Idiot, and also played Serena in Legally Blonde. She is a member of BareTroupe, UC Berkeley's only student group dedicated solely to musical theater. Kimi has performed solos from such shows as Hamilton, Anything Goes, Hadestown, Six, and tick, tick...BOOM!.
Since coming to Berkeley, Kimi has maintained a 4.0 GPA. Integrating her love for the performing arts and academia, she wrote of her lived experiences as an Asian-American performer in her paper, "American Idiot: Reclaiming My Explicit, Asian, Female Body." Her work was selected by the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and Professor Dunbar Ogden for the Dunbar Ogden Undergraduate Prize in Theater History.
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 pandemic, 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. Kimi was hired as a Teaching Assistant at Berkeley Playhouse, a professional Bay Area theater company with 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. Since her flying tap shoe incident, Kimi has been captivated by the magic and endless possibilities of live performance, and believes that this magic can unite us all in our shared humanity.
Kimi Fun Facts
Likes: lumpia, Thai food, Okinawa milk tea, iced (vanilla; mocha; matcha) lattes, afternoon naps, Gilmore Girls, rom-coms, self-help books, existentialist philosophy, modern jazz