Places I Remember

June 13, 2014
This piece appeared in the WEEKEND section of the Commencement Issue for the Class of 2014.

AHMED: Will America fail the world?

October 10, 2013
I hope Congress can see that as it turns this nation into a laughingstock worldwide, it is undermining international supporters of the American experiment in rights and freedoms.

Theater policies move toward centralization

September 26, 2012
This past Monday, for the first time in recent memory, representatives from every administrative office concerned with undergraduate theater production at Yale came together to allocate residential college theater spaces and arts funding for shows hoping to go up between now and the beginning of Spring Break. Spring semester meetings between students in the performing »
Because of the late date of the extracurricular bazaar, many freshmen missed the chance to audition for theatrical productions before classes started. Shows going up this fall include “Spring Awakening,” “The Seagull” and “Measure for Measure.”

Theater audition season: blink and you’ll miss it

September 12, 2012
The casts have been chosen, the designers have been found and the directors have scheduled their first few rehearsals: theater at Yale is prepared to begin a new season. But bringing together the freshmen that are an integral part of that season has been especially complicated this year, students involved in the Yale theater scene »
The Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of “Marie Antoinette,” jointly produced with the American Repertory Theatre, opens on Oct. 26.

At the Rep, a landmark collaboration

September 10, 2012
In 1966, Robert Brustein, then-dean of the Yale School of Drama, founded the Yale Repertory Theatre. He served as its artistic director until 1979, when he moved to Cambridge, Mass., to become a professor of English at Harvard University. There, in 1980, Brustein founded a new theater for his new university: Harvard’s American Repertory Theater. »
“Independents,” which premiered at Yale last fall, has had a successful showing at the New York Fringe Festival.

‘Independents’ takes Fringe Festival

August 24, 2012
NEW YORK — For the team behind the ongoing production of “Independents,” this summer has posed challenges even more daunting than preparing an original student musical for its New York debut, following the death of the show’s playwright, Marina Keegan ’12, in late May. In April, the New York International Fringe Festival informed the show’s »

Drama School nets largest-ever donation

April 26, 2012
At tonight’s premiere of “The Realistic Joneses” at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Yale School of Drama will announce that it has received its largest donation ever, an $18 million gift from the Minneapolis-based Robina Foundation. The gift will go toward supporting the Yale Center for New Theatre, which was established in 2008 with a »

UP CLOSE | For thespians, Yale degree not enough

April 23, 2012
Last fall, the Theater Studies program underwent a thorough curriculum review in which every part of the program was “scrutinized and assessed,” said Toni Dorfman, director of undergraduate studies for the program. In doing so, the program reaffirmed what it sees as a defining characteristic of theater instruction at Yale. In Dorfman’s words: “This is »
Students admitted to the School of Music pay no tuition.

Music School profits from free tuition

April 10, 2012
In 2005, billionaire couple Stephen Adams ’59 and Denise Adams donated $100 million to the Yale School of Music, enabling the school to provide a full tuition award and fellowship to all students. “This generous gift will enhance the ability of the school to attract the world’s finest musicians and will support a number of »

In theater scene, few lighting enthusiasts

April 10, 2012
Laurel German ’15, a lighting designer in Yale’s undergraduate theater community, worked on tech weeks for six productions in February. But, she noted, “there aren’t even six weeks in February.” Students involved in lighting design have always been scarce in the theater scene at Yale College, nine students interviewed said. But with significantly more theater »
The play “The Shipment” seeks to spark discussions about the experience of race that are not often had at Yale.

Senior director brings race issues to the stage

April 4, 2012
Audiences that go to watch this weekend’s production of “The Shipment” will enter the basement of Green Hall, a venue the show’s director chose so that viewers feel as if they are in “a white dungeon.” “This show is about being at Yale and being bombarded by media [stereotypes],” said Timmia Hearn Feldman ’12, the »
One year after its founding, the Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company will give its first full-length performance, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” this weekend.

Securing a toehold for ballet at Yale

March 28, 2012
Spotting a gap in the Yale dance scene, a year-old group called the Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company is reaching out to ballet enthusiasts interested in an ensemble dedicated to the traditional style. On Friday, the company will present the ballet “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” their first full-length performance, at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High »