What is the Dramat?
The Yale Dramatic Association is the second oldest college theatre association in the country and the largest undergraduate theatre organization at Yale. Its membership includes over one hundred current students and thousands of alumni. The student membership annually elects a ten-member Executive Board that is responsible for choosing the Dramat’s theatrical season, hiring professional directors and designers, and supervising the Dramat’s daily administration. The Dramat’s constitution can be found here.
The Dramat produces seven shows a year: three productions, called Experimental Shows, staffed entirely by students (two in the fall, one in the spring); the First-Year Show, a show staffed, crewed, and performed entirely by first-year students; the Fall Mainstage and the Spring Mainstage, performed in the University Theater, directed and designed by a team of both professionals and (in the spring) some qualified students, both providing unparalleled opportunities for those involved; and the annual Commencement Musical, entirely student staffed, produced in the ten day period between the end of exams and Commencement Weekend.
From the day of its first meeting on February 2, 1900, the Yale Dramatic Association has been dedicated to producing high quality drama at Yale. The first Dramat show, a student adaptation of Chaucer’s A Pardoner’s Tale, presented with The Second Shepherd’s Play, opened at the Hyperion Theatre, which is now a parking lot. The present University Theatre at 222 York Street, the home of the Yale School of Drama, was built with the aid of the Dramat in 1925. The Dramat is the only undergraduate theatre organization at Yale with the privilege of using Yale School of Drama performance spaces and equipment.
The Dramat offers a unique opportunity for Yale students to work with professional directors, designers, and choreographers in the best-equipped theatre facilities on campus.
If you’d like to get involved in one of the many production, association, or acting opportunities that the Dramat has to offer, fill out a Blue Card on our “Membership” page to let us know what you’re interested in! Someone will reach out to you soon to find out more about your interest.
Being on the Dramat’s Associate Board is a great way to get involved with the Dramat through an experience unlike working on any single show. Associate Board members learn the ins and outs of the daily operations of a nonprofit theater organization, gaining valuable administrative skills and meeting Yale theater-makers of all years along the way.
In addition to full Dramat membership, Associate Board members also receive unique opportunities to provide feedback on show proposals, as well as the professional directors and designers the Dramat hires for Mainstages. Associate Board members are invited to great events such as board parties, the Senior Dinner, the semesterly Full Board Retreat, the Holiday Party, and the Dramat Birthday party!
If you’d like to apply to join Associate Board, fill out an application in the Spring!