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.

Joseph Bosco (President; president@yaledramat.orghe/him/his) is a senior in Berkeley College from Clinton, Connecticut (which is supposed to be 26 minutes away, but his record is 17). Previously seen in the chemistry, physics, math, and computer science majors, by senior year he has finally settled on economics (though he only takes art history classes). He may have flooded your inbox with emails as the Fall Mainstage Producer last year or as the Secretary the year before that. He promises he does more than sit around and send emails all day. He also loves art, reading, running, sewing, and sailing! Joseph is a firm believer that there’s nothing more satisfying than a nicely formatted spreadsheet. He takes back his promise about doing more than just sending emails all day. Honesty is important.

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

Simon Rabinowitz (Vice President; vp@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) is a sophomore 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 Vice President assists the President and conducts meetings in the absence of the President. He takes responsibility for all Association correspondence, including that with the alumni, as well as being in charge of fundraising. 

Vig Namasivayam (Treasurer; treasurer@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) is a senior in Ezra Stiles College from Westport, Connecticut. He took three years to decide on a major before settling on psychology (though has little idea of what he intends to do with it). He previously served as the 2018 Spring Mainstage Producer, before realizing that he enjoyed sitting around and looking at numbers on budget spreadsheet more than anything else. When not looking at the Dramat’s bank account, Vig can be seen broadcasting basketball games or watching Netflix. Vig took an entire semester to write his bio and missed picture day.

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

Jose Davila IV (Secretary; secretary@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) is a sophomore in Morse College. He is a prospective Global Affairs major, but he’ll probably be a Political Science major. He hails from Mill Valley, CA but he’s also lived in Central New Jersey, Tokyo, and London. Jose always wanted to be a weird theater kid but he was never actually involved in a production. Now  he’s quickly learning how many moving parts make up a show after acting and associate producing in his first year. He was formerly the associate production officer. He is also a reporter for the Yale Daily News and a volunteer on YULAA’s JUNTA project. 

The Secretary takes minutes at all Board meetings. He 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.

Adam Wassilchalk (Production Officer; prod@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) is a sophomore in Davenport College.

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. 

Kelly Speltz (Marketing Director; marketing@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a junior 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 theatre 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 Marketing Director works with graphic designers to create posters, programs, and a signboard to advertise each Dramat show. She is also responsible for securing advertising contracts for programs. She coordinates with Yale and local media for advertising and reviews of Dramat shows.

Tully Goldrick (Special Events Coordinator; specev@yaledramat.org; he/him/his) is a junior in Davenport College, who is is double majoring in Neuroscience and Theatre Studies. Before joining the Executive Board, he worked primarily in the realm of lights, including being the Master Electrician for the Dramat 2018 Fall Mainstage, Spring Awakening. He thought it would be a good application of his knowledge of making the stage lit for him to begin making Dramat parties lit as the Special Events Coordinator. Just as he started from scratch with lighting, he is doing the same for party planning, learning a lot on the way (including the knowledge that different kinds of cheeses are sold in different parts of the store depending on the type). When not doing Dramat-related things, Tully is found lighting the world in a different way by doing improv with his troupe Lux Improvitas.

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

KG Montes (Outreach Coordinator; outreach@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a sophomore in Grace Hopper College and happy to be working with the Dramat this coming year! Not only did KG serve on the associate board as the Growth and Development Officer in Spring 2019, but she also acted in Radium Girls and Call Me From the Grave. She also worked on Man of La Mancha as an ALD, Fucking A, and Spring Awakening. Outside of theater, KG is both a member Something Extra and Pi Beta Phi Sorority as well as a research assistant on campus. KG looks forward to being the new Outreach Coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year and is very excited to expand her horizons within the Dramat!

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.

 

Mikaela Boone (Fall Mainstage Producer; ms1@yaledramat.org;  she/her/hers) is a sophomore in Silliman college and is therefore required by law to point out that Silliman is irrefutably the best residential college. She has directed two shows on campus, Creature and Psychopsychotic, and her primary interest lies in creating new, exciting feminist theatre. 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 be working on Board for this coming year and hopes to foster a more fun, diverse, and inclusive Dramat.

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.

Bibiana Torres (Spring Mainstage Producer; ms2@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a sophomore in Grace Hopper College double majoring in Sociology and Theater Studies. She is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and went to high school in Chicago. She has always been a theater kid and has worked as a director, stage manager, performer, and voiceover artist. When she’s not making spreadsheets and sending emails for the Dramat, she can be found working as a Communication and Consent Educator, managing the Hopper Cabaret, having dinner at La Casa with Despierta Boricua (Puerto Rican Students Association), or procrastinating on the Hopper hammocks. She is fueled by a commitment to Latinx storytelling, and espresso. 

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.