The Dramat Board

Executive Board

The Executive Board is elected by the membership at semiannual elections. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, Special Events Coordinator, and Fall Mainstage Producer are elected in December. The Secretary, Production Officer, Marketing Director, and Spring Mainstage Producer are elected in May. The term of an Executive Board member is one year.
 

President: Hannah Worscheh, DC ‘17

hannah.worscheh@yale.edu

The President is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Board and ensuring the effective functioning of all departments within the Association. She represents the Association in any negotiations with Yale University and runs all meetings of the Executive Board and of the Producing Membership. 

Hannah is a Classics major from Houston, TX who loves a good cup of coffee in the morning (or really any time of day). She often wishes Latin could once again be a “living” language but acknowledges that she may be the only one who does. When not in the theatre, you can find Hannah checking emails and fulfilling her caffeine addition in Blue State, singing jazz standards with Proof, or considering questions on art and culture at the YUAG. 

Vice President: Sydney Garrick, TD’18

sydney.garrick@yale.edu

The Vice President assists the President and conducts meetings in the absence of the President. She takes responsibility for all Association Correspondence, including that with the alumni, as well as being in charge of fundraising. 

Sydney is a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Theater Studies from Orlando, FL. When not in the theater, you probably won’t see her because she lives in TD. But just know that she’s off somewhere improvising with Lux Improvitas, trying to understand thermodynamics, or eating copious amounts of sushi (like 88 pieces of it).

 Secretary: Alexa Derman, BK ‘19

 alexa.derman@yale.edu

The Secretary takes minutes at all Board meetings. She is also responsible for the administration of all e-mail and membership lists, as well as for compiling and sending out the weekly Dramat Bulletin. The secretary is also responsible for many of the daily operations of the Dramat, including coordinating elections.

Alexa Derman is an English and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Major from what she likes to refer to as “The Greater New York Area.” (… It’s Jersey.) When not relishing in sending formal emails to subordinates, she enjoys passive aggressively humming “A Secretary Is Not A Toy,” sleeping at the Yale Women’s Center, and polishing her patriarchy-smashing hammer. 

Treasurer: Susannah Hyde, SY ’17

susannah.hyde@yale.edu

The Treasurer is in charge of the Dramat’s finances. She runs financial strikes, writes and deposits checks, and does the Dramat’s taxes. She also creates yearly financial reports to track the Dramat’s costs and expenditures. 

Susannah is an English major from Memphis, TN. She’s spent most of her Yale theatre career producing and set designing, but is excited to have found another way to procrastinate doing her homework. When not in the theatre, she can be found rushing between classes in LC or binge watching Netflix (more often the latter).

Production Officer: Jacob Rodriguez, JE ‘18

jacob.rodriguez@yale.edu

The Production Officer is responsible for communication between the Dramat and the School of Drama and is also the primary liaison to the Technical Advisor. He is in charge of ensuring that all show activities are carried out safely and efficiently, and that all Drama School facilities and equipment are treated with the utmost care. He is in command during load-ins and strikes of all Dramat shows.

Jacob is a junior majoring in Economics and French. He is a Colorado native and a proud spider (JE SUX!). On the rare occasions when he is not in the theatre, he enjoys getting coffee, playing volleyball, and relaxing with friends. He is most often found sending snarky emails in the Dramat Office or napping on random couches around campus.

Marketing Director: Henry Townley, JE ‘19

hendrick.townley@yale.edu

The Marketing Director works with graphic designers to create posters, programs, and a signboard to advertise each Dramat show. He is also responsible for securing advertising contracts for programs. He coordinates with Yale and local media for advertising and reviews of Dramat shows.

Henry is a Sophomore in JE. He’ll probably never be able to decide on a major, but for now he’s leaning towards physics… or applied physics or math or electrical engineering or… Within the theater world Henry is mostly an actor although he dabbles in random production staff positions when duty calls.  Henry looks forward to singing, dark chocolate, winter and thunderstorms and tempting his roommate with sugary treats. He doesn’t like carrots.

Special Events Coordinator: Collin Bentley, JE ’19

collin.bentley@yale.edu

The Special Events Coordinator organizes all of the extra events for the membership, such as the birthday party, membership dinner, and DRAMATalks. 

Collin didn’t send in a bio when Alexa asked him to, and even if he had, it would have been blank because he says he does nothing.

HannahFall Mainstage Producer: Jill Carrera, JE ’17

jill.carrera@yale.edu

The Fall Mainstage Producer produces the biggest show of the fall semester. Her responsibilities include (in collaboration with the rest of the Executive Board) selection of the plays and hiring the professionals. She lines up the student staff and crew, organizes auditions, creates the budget, runs production meetings, and coordinates with the fire and safety inspectors. Ultimately, she makes sure that the show goes up on time, within the budget, and in the best form possible. 

Jill is a theatre studies major in JE. She’s super happy to be back on exec board and looks forward to producing the biggest show of the 2016 school year! When she’s not producing or acting, Jill can be found listening to the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat or aggressively tackling on the rugby pitch. She’s a little all over the place, but ultimately loves everything she does and all the people she works with! Here’s to a new board that will really make a difference.

Spring Mainstage Producer: Adam Lessing, MC ‘19

adam.lessing@yale.edu

The Spring Mainstage Producer’s duties are essentially the same as those of the Fall Mainstage Producer. However, the Spring Mainstage is generally a straight play, and exceptional students are given the opportunity to design alongside the professional director and designers.

Adam is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major from Baltimore, MD.  He enjoys scenic design, watching TV and movies with the subtitles on, and hating everything about halloween.  When not in the greenroom, he can be found working as a Design Editor for the Yale Record or getting coffee at KBT.  

Associate Board

The Associate Board is appointed by the Executive Board on an application basis. The term of an Associate Board member lasts one semester.

Scenic Shop Manager: TBD

The Scenic Shop Manager is responsible for maintaining a clean and orderly shop. This responsibility includes keeping an updated inventory of available supplies, ordering new tools and supplies when necessary, managing the scenic shop budget, and regularly working with the Production Officer and sets crews of Dramat shows to ensure the shop is appropriately cleaned. He or she works with the Assistant Production Officer to coordinate at least two workshops per semester on subjects such as tool use and construction techniques. 

Electrics and Sound Shop Manager: Ryan Seffinger, MC ‘19

ryan.seffinger@yale.edu

The Electrics and Sound Shop Manager is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Master Electrician’s toolkit and the Dramat gel, lamp, gobo, and sound inventory. This responsibility includes keeping an updated inventory of available supplies, ordering new supplies when necessary in conjunction with the Master Electrician and Sound Engineer of each show, and keeping the gel supply and sound supply organized and easily accessible.

Ryan Seffinger is a sophomore in Morse College, majoring in Computing and the Arts within the Theater Studies track. When he’s not completely overwhelming himself with commitments in lighting and projection design, you can find him co-leading the drum line of the Yale Precision Marching Band. In his free time he enjoys listening to rock musicals and surfing the web for the dankest new memes. He does not like cilantro.

Assistant Marketing Directors: Carrie ManninoTC ‘20 and Sophia Morales, TC ‘19

carrie.mannino@yale.edusophia.morales@yale.edu

The Assistant Marketing Director works with the Marketing Director to create and enact a cohesive marketing campaign for each of the Dramat’s shows and special events. This includes leading marketing projects, working with graphic designers to produce and distribute various promotional materials, acting asan administrator of social media, and aiding in the compilation of the programs for each show. Finally, they assist the Marketing Director in coordinating cross-promotions with other organizations and securing advertisements with local businesses.

Carrie Mannino is a Trumfrosh from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who’s interested in everything except math (and especially creative writing). When she isn’t watching cat vines, she enjoys trying out every job in the theater and writing feminist stories. If you offer her cookies, she will eat them. Sophia Morales is a Sophomore in Trumbull college whose major is Very Undeclared. Her roles in Yale theatre include actor, hair & makeup, assistant producer, and now assistant marketing director. When not communing with The Void, Sophia enjoys studying abnormal psychology, listening to The Mountain Goats, wearing red lipstick to class, and running the society she created about herself. 

Assistant Development Coordinator: Vimbai Ushe, BR ‘19

vimbai.ushe@yale.edu

The Assistant Development Coordinator works with the Vice President to organize and lead new initiatives for the organization. She is responsible for researching and helping to develop and enact new ways for the organization to serve its membership, Yale, and the greater New Haven community.

Box Office Manager: Branson Rideaux, ES ‘2020

branson.rideaux@yale.edu

The Box Office Manager is primarily in charge of managing the box office for the Dramat. He is responsible for maintaining and updating the ticketing website, processing comp ticket requests, running the box office for performances, and generating box office reports during financial strike. In addition, the Box Office Manager works with the Treasurer on general financial procedures such as processing reimbursement requests and tax receipts for donations and assisting the shop managers in maintaining their budgets. They also help keep the office organized by ordering office supplies, archiving financial documents, and completing software updates.

Branson Rideaux. 170 pounds. Box office manager. THE Yale University.

Assistant Fall Mainstage Producer: Vig Namasivayam, ES ’20
Assistant Spring Mainstage Producer: Jacqueline Blaska, JE ‘20

vignesh.namasivayam@yale.edujacqueline.blaska@yale.edu

The Assistant Mainstage Producers work one-on-one with their correlative producers towards the production of the Dramat’s mainstages. Responsibilities include production management, assisting the producer in setting deadlines, facilitating conversations between departments, managing the budget, and taking diligent notes at all production meetings. 

Jacqueline Blaska overuses semicolons and likes to talk to strangers. In the theatre, she enjoys acting, directing, producing, and playwriting; she also enjoys crosswords, socialism, tea, getting lost down Wikipedia wormholes, and taking down the patriarchy. Has arms, will hug.  Vig is a Freshman in Ezra Stiles who has no idea what he wants to major in because he is just as lost as all freshman. He hails from Westport, CT, 45 minutes down the road where he spent his days watching movies, playing fantasy football, and sleeping very little.

Assistant Special Events Coordinators: Yesim Celebi, PC ’20 and Myko Suchy, JE ‘19

yesim.celebi@yale.edumykolaj.suchy@yale.edu

The Assistant Special Events Coordinators assist in the planning and execution of parties such as the Membership Dinner, the Senior Dinner, the Dramat Birthday Party, and the Welcoming Party. In addition, they help to bring to campus exciting professionals from the theater industry to take part in our DRAMATalk Series, a program that features a conversation and/or a masterclass/workshop with noted guests throughout the semester. They  also help on projects such as organizing moral support events with show crew heads as well as outreach and master classes with local high schools. 

Myko Suchy is a sophomore in JE from Syracuse, NY who plans to study History. He likes reading books and wrestling with his dog, Buster Keaton Bylba Suchy. 

Archives Manager: Gillian Fu, PC ‘20

gillian.fu@yale.edu

The Archives Manager works with the Secretary on organizing, maintaining, and updating the existing Dramat archives. To that end, she helps maintain the Dramat website and improve our record keeping. She also integrates show paraphernalia such as programs and posters into the Dramat archives and assists the Vice President in improving alumni records and databases. 

Assistant Production Officer: Neil Goodman, ES ‘20

neil.goodman@yale.edu

The Assistant Production Officer works with the Production Officer to schedule training workshops, schedule load in and strike, set up fire drills, and coordinate Dramat Board key distribution. He coordinates student rental requests with the various shop managers and maintains the supplies and materials in each Dramat space. The Assistant Production Officer also oversees the upkeep of our newly acquired storage unit. Specifically for storage, he will keep an inventory of the items in storage and will help to transport some of our stock items into storage when they are not in use.
 
Neil Goodman has been a major disappointment to his family and community after he turned down a prestigious clown college for Yale. In order to make up for these misgivings, he has dedicated his life to making non-big top theatre happen as an actor, stage manager, and now as assistant production officer on ass board.

Costume Shop Manager: Aaliyah Ibrahim, CC ‘19
Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Eren Kafadar, DC ‘20

aaliyah.ibrahim@yale.edu | eren.kafadar@yale.edu

The Costume Shop Manager and her assistant is responsible for maintaining an efficient costume shop. This includes keeping an accurate inventory of the costumes and supplies the Dramat owns (and replenishing it when necessary), maintaining the equipment, managing the costume shop budget, and working with the costume designers to keep shop clean and orderly. They are responsible for the coordination and oversight of rentals, including both the rentals of Dramat-owned costumes to non-Dramat shows and the rentals of YSD-owned costumes by Dramat shows.

“Eren from Davenport, fresh…., first-year student. I like to watch people, on and off-stage, meaning I have gotten into a few awkward situations (think non-sexual voyeurism). I also like being watched, people say I like drama, I say that’s fine - I like characters. Other hobbies include (but are not limited to, since my attention span is that of a pacific regal blue tang - know your fish ppl!) amateur photography, reading blogs, traveling, museums, daydreaming. I want to study MCDB (the infamous bio major nobody knows the name of - molecular biology for short), because cells have character. I also like seeing people dressed well, meaning dressed for the occasion, hence the costume shop.”