How to Become a Dramat Member
To become a member, one must work on two Dramat shows. If you haven’t worked in Yale theatre before, but would like to know about what’s going on and to let us know about you, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
After meeting the aforementioned requirements, one becomes an official Dramat member by being inducted. Induction ceremonies follow strike for all Dramat shows. Following your second show, you will be called up to sign your name in the Dramat’s Centennial Book and drink from the Cole Porter chalice. This chalice was a gift to Mr. Porter from his father after the opening of the play he wrote for the Dramat. It was then stolen by one of his friends and presented to the Dramat, where it has been passed down ever since.
How to Continue Being a Dramat Member
To remain a member of the Dramat one must either attend or have another member proxy for our biannual elections. Members must also participate in one show per semester, either in an official role, or through attendance at load-in or strike. There are no membership dues.
Upon being conferred their membership, Dramat members enjoy the following benefits:
- A complimentary ticket to one performance of Dramat regular season productions. You can also receive complimentary tickets to any Yale Repertory Theater production and selected Yale School of Drama productions as long as seats are available; go on any night other than Saturday at 7:30pm and present your Dramat Membership Card. All box offices at Yale have current membership lists.
- The opportunity to run for Executive Board positions, and also the right to vote in general (i.e., Executive Board) elections.
- Invitations to attend various membership events throughout the year. One such event is the Membership Dinner, to which we invite a famous person in the theater world. Past guests have included Ann Bogart, Al Pacino, and John Guare.
- Invitations to the cast parties of all Dramat shows, as well as to the Dramat Birthday Party in the spring.
- The Dramat periodically co-hosts College Teas (in conjunction with the residential colleges). Some recent tea guests have included: Moises Kaufman, playwright of The Laramie Project and founder of the Tectonic Theater Project; Keythe Farley, writer and director of Bat Boy, and vocal director of “Rugrats” Stephen Adly Guirgis, playwright of Jesus Hopped the A Train and Our Lady of 121st Street; Bobby Lopez, Tony-award winning writer of Avenue Q, and Barry Humphries, better known as his character of Dame Edna. Many of these guests were subsequently inducted as honorary members.
- Dramat members are also eligible for various outside opportunities that arise throughout the year. A few recent opportunities have included: being production assistants and extras in location filming for Columbia Pictures’ Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts; performing in an original play written by a Dramat alumnus; and working at the production company that runs the Tony Awards® and produces Broadway shows.