The Yale Dramatic Association is the second oldest and longest-running college theatre association in the country and the largest undergraduate theatrical organization at Yale. Its membership numbers over one hundred students, who annually elect a ten-member Executive Board. The board chooses the Dramat’s theatrical season, hires professional directors and designers, and supervises the Dramat’s daily administration.
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 Freshman Show, a show staffed, crewed, and performed entirely by Freshmen; the Fall Mainstage and the Spring Mainstage, performed in the University Theater, directed and designed by a team of both professionals and 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. 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.
The Yale Dramatic Association offers opportunities, resources, and experiences to its members and to the Yale community at large that distinguish it from any other theatrical enterprise on campus or at nearly any college in the country. Over 250 students work on Dramat shows each year, and hundreds more in the Yale and New Haven communities come to our productions. It is one of the oldest undergraduate theater organizations, and one of only a few that are entirely student-run.