Our Board

The Yale University Dramatic Association is run by a ten member undergraduate Executive Board which oversees the daily operations of the Dramat. This includes curating a season of 7 shows and choosing or hiring directors for its productions. The Dramat’s membership includes around 100 Yale undergraduates as well as many honorary and lifetime members.

Mikaela Boone (President; president@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a senior in Silliman college and a double major in Theater and Performance Studies and Cognitive Science. Mikaela served on the Dramat’s Executive Board as the Fall Mainstage Producer of Sweeney Todd and loved the experience so much that she decided to do another term! In addition to serving as president, she is currently working as the director of Remembering: Stories of Women at Yale, the official undergraduate celebration of 50Y150. When she is not at the Dramat, Mikaela can be found playing IM Sports (her favorites are soccer and inner tube water polo). She is very excited to continue working with Board this coming year and hopes to continue to foster a more fun, diverse, and inclusive Dramat.

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. 

Alejandro Campillo (Vice President; vp@yaledramat.org; they/them/theirs) is a senior in Jonathan Edwards College double majoring Theater Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Past theater credits include Into the Woods (Jack), Fucking A (Hester Smith), In the Heights (Usnavi), and Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman). In addition to acting, Alejandro is heavily involved at the La Casa Cultural Center as a Student Coordinator, and is passionate about Latinx representation in theater and media at large.

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

Kelly Speltz (Treasurer; treasurer@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a senior Computer Science major in Silliman College. She is one of about seven people at Yale from Nebraska, but last year she moved to New Hampshire. As a result, her identity is now very much in flux. In addition to serving on Board, Kelly often does props design for various theater productions on campus. However, the majority of her time is spent at CS office hours working on her psets. In her free time, Kelly loves going to TD Heav with her suitemates or scoping out new study spots with them. Her single greatest belief is that Froyo World is superior to Arethusa and Ashley’s.

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. 

Claire Donnellan (Secretary: secretary@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a sophomore in Saybrook College majoring in some as of yet undecided combination of Humanities, English, Poli Sci, and History. She is from Chicago and spends a lot of her time at Yale arguing about deep dish pizza. Not counting her star turn as Widow #2 in her middle school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Claire has mainly worked behind the scenes in theater, doing everything from costume design to stage managing to directing the 2020 Froshow, Lost Girl. When she’s not working with the Dramat, Claire is a writer and copy editor for the Yale Globalist, a troop leader for Campus Girl Scouts, and has worked on human rights advocacy with the Lowenstein Project.

The Secretary takes minutes at all Board meetings. She is also responsible for the administration of all email 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.

 

Adam Wassilchalk (Production Officer; prod@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) uses memes to cope.

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 charge during load-ins and strikes of all Dramat shows. 

Will Wegner (Marketing Director; marketing@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) is a junior in Pauli Murray College from Wisconsin. He’s double majoring in Theater and Performance Studies and Linguistics, and has been accordingly nicknamed “Henry Higgins” by a few of his friends. In addition to responsibilities on Board, he writes lyrics, designs lights and projections, and improvises with Just Add Water, Yale’s premier musical comedy improv group. 

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.

Malia Munley (Special Events Coordinator; specev@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a rising sophomore in Silliman College. She hopes to major in Theater and Performance Studies (and something else?) and is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, so she definitely misses the tropical weather during New Haven winters and finds many mainland traditions very strange. You may see her dancing with Taps at Yale and performing in shows around campus. Malia also has experience in directing and voiceover work. She is passionate about increasing Asian American representation in theater and, of course, cute animal videos and caffeine.

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

Jordi Bertrán (Outreach Coordinator; outreach@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) is a sophomore in Trumbull College and a double major in Environmental Studies and Theater and Performance Studies. He is from San Diego, California, but his roots lie in Mexico City. Jordi started acting in middle school and has continued to pursue his passion at Yale, performing in plays, musicals, and readings! When he is not running (literally) around campus for the Dramat, Jordi can be found performing with Rhythmic Blue, Yale’s hip hop dance team, competing with the Model United Nations Team, or organizing with the Endowment Justice Coalition. He is incredibly excited to serve on the Executive Board as the Outreach Coordinator and expand accessibility and representation in Yale Theater!

The Outreach Coordinator facilitates the Dramat’s outreach efforts both within and without the Yale community, including its collaboration with Pathways to the Arts and Humanities.

 

Simon Rabinowitz (Fall Mainstage Producer & Company Manager; ms1@yaledramat.org;  he/him/his) is a junior in Pauli Murray College from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (but also he lives in Seattle sometimes?). He hopes to double major in Theater Studies and Economics, a made-up dual degree called: “Showbiz.” You may see him performing with Just Add Water, Yale’s premier musical comedy improv group of which he is the business manager. Within the world of theater, you can find him producing, head rigging, or just making stuff happen. Outside the world of theater, you can find him doing homework in the stacks (6M), eating take-out (thanks Ivy Wok and Teriyaki Yamasaki), or sleeping anywhere he can. He loves efficiency, efficacy, and effervescence.

The Fall Mainstage Producer produces the biggest show of the fall semester. His responsibilities include (in collaboration with the rest of the Executive Board) selecting the show and hiring the professionals. He lines up the student staff and crew, organizes auditions, creates the budget, runs production meetings, and coordinates with the fire and safety inspectors. Ultimately, he makes sure that the show goes up on time, within the budget, and in the best form possible. As Company Manager, he assists the organization is managing personnel.

Sam Bezilla (Spring Mainstage Producer; ms2@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) is a sophomore in Pauli Murray College majoring in Economics (?) but is a humanities boy at heart. Outside of the Dramat, he’s the Co-President of Y-Pop Up, Yale’s fine dining club (which still doesn’t mean he can cook) and a Student Guide at the Yale Center for British Art. Sam’s hobbies include backpacking and questionably legal construction.

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.