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.

Bibiana Torres (President; president@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a junior in Hopper College double majoring in Sociology and Theater Studies. She’s calls both Puerto Rico and Chicago home. In the theater world, she has directed, produced, stage managed, and (occasionally) acted. Outside of the Dramat, you can find her working with the Communication and Consent Educators (CCEs) program, doing some research on reproductive rights, or procrastinating in the Hopper Buttery. She runs on a dedication to inclusive storytelling, and espresso.

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. 

Malia Munley (Vice President; vp@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 Vice President assists the President and conducts meetings in the absence of the President. She takes responsibility for all Association correspondence, including that with the alumni, as well as being in charge of fundraising. 

Simon Rabinowitz (Treasurer; treasurer@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 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. 

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 and libretti 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.

Catherine Alam-Nist (Special Events Coordinator; specev@yaledramat.org; they/them/theirs) is a rising sophomore in Grace Hopper College, doubling majoring in English and Theater and Performance Studies. Catherine is a multi-hyphenate theatremaker who has worked as an actor, playwright, director, diction coach and props designer at Yale, most recently writing and directing the Yale Dramat’s 2020 Virtual Fall Ex. They also sing in the Yale Glee Club, and worked this past year as one the Yale Drama Coalition’s First-Year Liaisons. Catherine hopes to use their time as Special Events Coordinator to promote inclusivity, access and mentorship with the Dramat community, and the Yale theatre community at large.

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.

 

Ava King (Fall Mainstage Producer & Company Manager; ms1@yaledramat.org; she/her/hers) is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College planning to double major in Film and Media Studies and Economics. Ava is from Big Sky, Montana, which means she spends a lot of time explaining to people that no, she didn’t ride horses to school. When she’s not producing theater or buried in the stacks, you’ll find Ava meticulously updating her Letterboxd and forcing her friends to watch movies they never wanted to see in the first place. 

The Fall Mainstage Producer produces the biggest show of the fall semester. Her responsibilities include (in collaboration with the rest of the Executive Board) selecting the show 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. As Company Manager, she assists the organization in 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.