School of drama

School Notes: School of Drama
November/December 2017

James Bundy ’95MFA |

New assistant dean brings theater management experience

Kelvin Dinkins Jr. has been appointed assistant dean/general manager at Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre and lecturer in theater management. A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, he most recently served as general manager at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. Dinkins currently serves on the board of directors for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and is the chair of the LORT Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative.  He is a member of the inaugural Theatre Communications Group (TCG) SPARK Leadership Program for the professional development of leaders of color, and was recently awarded TCG’s Leadership(U): Continuing Ed grant to study new producing models, institutional leadership transition, and inclusion in art and community. He succeeds Chantal Rodriguez (faculty), who served as assistant dean before her appointment as associate dean at the School of Drama earlier this spring. 

YSD season features student work

The Yale School of Drama production season includes three fully produced shows created entirely by artists and managers in training. The season began in October with David Edgar’s Pentecost, directed by Lucie Dawkins ’18MFA; it continues in December with Death of Yazdgerd by Nahram Beyzai, translated by Manuchehr Anvar, directed by Shadi Ghaheri ’18MFA. Passion, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Rory Pelsue ’18MFA, follows in February.

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