The Dramat Board

Executive Board
The Executive Board is elected by the membership at semiannual elections. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, Special Events Coordinator, and Fall Mainstage Producer are elected in December. The Secretary, Production Officer, Marketing Director, and Spring Mainstage Producer are elected in May. The term of an Executive Board member is one year.

JonnyPresident: Jonathan Lian, JE '15
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. 

Jonny is a junior in Jonathan Edwards majoring in Global Affairs. He is visibly happy when he is producing theatre, giving haircuts, and walking around in flip-flops. After midnight, he can most probably be found curled up in a couch eating ramen out of a tupperware bowl.


KyleVice President:
Kyle Yoder, BR '15 
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. 

Kyle is a Cognitive Science major, a junior in Branford College, and a proud founding member of CWB. All he needs in life are good friends, good food, and good theatre; fortunately, he somehow manages to always have all three nearby.



Angeline Wang, BR '16
The Secretary takes minutes at all Board meetings. She is also responsible for the administration of all e-mail and membership lists, as well as for compiling and sending out the weekly Theater Bulletin. The secretary is also responsible for many of the daily operations of the Dramat, including coordinating elections.

Angeline is a sophomore Literature major, proud Houstonian and Branfordian, and closet foodie. Her favorite weather is iced coffee weather, favorite TV show is Community, and favorite activity is making fine theatre. She has a love/hate relationship with bluebooking. 


Treasurer: Marisa Kaugars, TC '15
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. 

Marisa Kaugars is an architecture major who has a terribly wonderful habit of spending more time in the costume shop than in the woodshop. If she were to make a list of things she loves as much as theater, it would be short : tea, fuzzy socks, and cuddling, because these are the best companions to tech weeks. 



shannon boardProduction Officer:
Shannon Csorny, SY '15
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. She 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. She is in command during load-ins and strikes of all Dramat shows 

Shannon is an English major, a member of the 24 Pack, and a very proud big sister. Prior to this year, most of her time in theaters was spent anthropormorphizing lighting instruments or jumping about like the Irish do; she still finds time for both when she thinks nobody is paying attention.




javier board croppedMarketing Director: Javier Cienfuegos, CC '15 
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.


Javier is a proud member of the Class of 2015. He comes to us from El Salvador by way of Pasadena, California. In the theatre, he's worked as an actor, director, sound designer, and lighting technician, but primarily, he fancies himself a lighting designer. When he's not in a theatre, he's either arguing with someone about the intricacies of cis-hetero-white-Christian-wealthy-male privilege, eating unhealthy yellow-colored foods, or napping.

doug2Special Events Coordinator: 
Douglas Streat, MC '16
The Special Events Coordinator organizes all of the extra events for the membership, such as the birthday party, membership dinner, and DRAMATalks. 

Doug is a sophomore in Morse College prospectively majoring in Psychology/Neuroscience. When he does theater, he sometimes looks like this or this. Most of the time, however, he can be found hiding behind a light board or buried in a folder of spreadsheets.


HenryFall Mainstage Producer: 
Henry Tisch, DC '16
The Fall Mainstage Producer produces the Yale-Harvard Weekend Show. His responsibilities include (in collaboration with the rest of the Executive Board) selection of the plays 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. 


Henry is a sophomore in Davenport and an American Studies major. When not in a theater, he can often be found in various libraries sending emails about shows or reading Buzzfeed articles loosely related to theater (or One Direction).


chris h boardSpring Mainstage Producer:
Chris Homburger, TD '16 
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.

Chris Homburger is a sophomore in TD who will likely major in EECS. He is a sound designer at heart but is very excited to be producing the Spring Mainstage! Chris is the recipient of multiple high honors, such as "The Most Adequate Man of the Dramat," with one reviewer touchingly mentioning that "he will do, I suppose."


Associate Board

The Associate Board is appointed by the Executive Board on an application basis. The term of an Associate Board member lasts one semester.

charlotteScenic Shop Manager: Charlotte Newell, TC '16
The Scenic Shop Manager is responsible for maintaining a clean and orderly shop. This responsibility includes keeping an updated inventory of available supplies, ordering new tools and supplies when necessary, managing the scenic shop budget, and regularly working with the Production Officer and sets crews of Dramat shows to ensure the shop is appropriately cleaned. He or she works with the Assistant Production Officer to coordinate at least two workshops per semester on subjects such as tool use and construction techniques. 

Charlotte is a sophomore majoring in Global Affairs who hails from Naples, Florida. Yes, she used to be one of THOSE Floridians who whined and complained whenever the temperature got below 65 degrees. Since then she has learned the true meaning of cold and has decided that the sunny beaches of Florida are, in fact, paradise on Earth.


avaElectrics Shop Manager:
Ava Hunt, ES '17
The Electrics Shop Manager is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Master Electrician's toolkit and the Dramat gel, lamp, and gobo inventory. This responsibility includes keeping an updated inventory of available supplies, ordering new supplies when necessary in conjunction with the Master Electrician of each show, and keeping the gel supply organized and easily accessible.

Ava is a freshman from New York City. When she is not working in the theater, she can often be found baking cookies in the Stiles kitchen, playing her viola or taking pictures of sheep.



eleanorPaint Shop Manager: Eleanor Slota, SM '17
The Paint Shop Manager is responsible for the maintenance of the paint room in the Dramat scenic shop. His or her responsibilities include keeping inventory, ordering new supplies when needed, and coordinating with the Dramat's Production Officer and set/paint crews to keep the paint room clean and orderly. 

Eleanor is a Freshman in Silliman who hails from Chicago. She enjoys theater (obviously), reading, Tumblr, food, and finger painting. But mostly food. 


jillAssistant Marketing Directors:
Jill Carrera, JE '17 and Brendan Hopkins, PC '17

The Assistant Marketing Directors work with the Marketing Director to create and enact a cohesive marketing campaign for each of the Dramat's shows and special events.  This includes leading marketing projects, working with graphic designers to produce and distribute various promotional materials, acting as an administrator of social media, helping to design and paint the signboards, and aiding in the compilation of the programs for each show.  Finally, they assist the Marketing Director in coordinating cross-promotions with other organizations and securing advertisements with local businesses.


Jill was swept off her feet by the theatre world her freshman year of high school when she auditioned for something "just for kicks!" Since then, she's worked on a number of original plays as well as musicals including Xanadu,Sweet Charity, and most recently, Avenue Q. She's very excited to be a part of the Board as a freshman and continue her theatre life with the Dramat! 

Brendan is a freshman in Pierson from the suburbs of Philadelphia. He hopes to double major in Economics and Political Science. He enjoys spoken word poetry, bad television, and directing marketing in a co-assistant fashion.



Operations Manager: Susannah Hyde, SY '17

The Operations Manager is one of two positions primarily concerned with development for the Dramat. Specifically, he or she works with the Treasurer to coordinate donations and fundraising for the organization. He or she also manages the box office along with the Outreach Coordinator and, while doing so, spearheads the donations efforts during the shows. In addition to this, the Operations Manager helps the shop managers manage their budgets and works closely with the Treasurer on budgetary and general financial procedures, including financial strike for shows. 


Susannah is a freshman in Saybrook and prospective major of something cool and exciting. When not in the theatre…Hmm. She should probably work on that. 


mariannaOutreach Coordinator: 
Marianna Gailus, SM '17
The Outreach Coordinator is one of two positions primarily concerned with development for the Dramat. Specifically, he or she works with the Vice President to create and maintain a complete alumni and parent mailing list and helps prepare and send the mailings themselves. He or she also manages the box office along with the Operations Manager and, while doing so, coordinates our fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids effort (BC/EFA) at shows. Furthermore, the Outreach Coordinator reaches out to the New Haven community to bring wider audiences to shows, focusing on the Dramat’s relationship with communities outside our membership, from alumni to the New Haven community, to the rest of the world.

Born and raised in New York City, Marianna enjoys museum-hopping, cafe-brunching, and show-stopping. When she's not curled up in the library or on her couch with a book or a good movie, strolling and fraternizing with friends is an optimal pastime. With any luck, these hobbies will continue in New Haven, with new friends and passions to be found.

zackAssistant Special Events Coordinator:
Zack Elkind, JE '17

The Assistant Special Events Coordinator assists in the planning and execution of parties such as the Membership Dinner, the Senior Dinner, the Dramat Birthday Party, and the Welcoming Party. In addition, he or she helps to bring to campus exciting professionals from the theater industry to take part in our DRAMATalk Series, a program that features a conversation and/or a masterclass/workshop with noted guests throughout the semester. 

Zack is from New York City. He directs, acts, plays the ukulele, and assists with coordinating special events.


Alicia Lovelace, BR '17

The Historian researches the history of the Dramat, and organizes, maintains, and supplements the existing Dramat archives. To that end, he or she contacts alumni and members of the Yale administration to discover more about the Dramat’s history and find more artifacts and information for the archives. He or she also integrates show paraphernalia such as programs and posters into the Dramat archives. In addition, the Historian is in charge of making video recordings of each Dramat show, scheduling a photo call, and documenting Dramat special events.

Alicia is a potential History and Latin American Studies double major from Los Angeles who really has no idea what she wants to do with life other than revel in Dramat archives. You can usually find her avoiding human contact in the stacks or hanging out with the illustrious "branfam." She's proud of writing for Rumpus and bowling for her IM team along with reading the "entirety of the Western Canon" her freshman year.


hannahAssistant Production Officer:
Hannah Worscheh, DC '17

The Assistant Production Officer is responsible for working with the Production Officer to schedule training workshops, schedule load in and strike, set up fire drills, and coordinate Dramat Board key distribution. He or she is also responsible for maintaining the Crown Down rehearsal space and the Dramat Green Room, which includes managing Dramat office. He or she orders supplies, coordinates student rental requests with the various shop managers, and maintains the supplies and materials in each Dramat space. The Assistant Production Officer also keeps a calendar of all the spaces, and updates it with important show and association-related events. 


Hannah hails from Houston, TX and fully embraces her southern side. She is also half-English, so she knows her way around British culture but somehow still cannot do a British accent. She misses her two younger sisters and wishes they would respond to her text messages. Hannah spends most of her time outside of the theater world reading in the library, singing at Proof rehearsals, or satisfying her tea and coffee addictions with friends. 




Scenic Development Coordinator: Vivath Ly, BR '16

The Scenic Development Coordinator works in conjunction with the Scenic and Paint Shop Managers on capital improvement projects for the Dramat's scenic spaces, such as obtaining new equipment and developing better methods of organization. This semester, the Scenic Development Coordinator will be leading a renovation project of the Dramat's tool room.  


The Branford dining hall staff think of Viv as the guy who uses up all the Sriracha sauce. His professors think of him as the seemingly emotionless kid who likes to sit in one corner slowly sipping his Starbucks. His friends think of him as the one who’s obsessed with Ritz crackers and Snapple. He's a nice guy...well, unless you try to take away his Ritz crackers. 





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