About Us

Undergraduate Production (UP) was established in 2000 to ensure safe practices in the planning, production, and presentation of undergraduate performing arts events. Over the subsequent years, Yale College’s performing arts culture has grown to encompass over 400 events, 2,500 students, and 30,000 audience members annually.

Yale University has a vast and vibrant performing arts culture. Within this rich environment, UP works exclusively with Yale undergraduates to ensure that their work gets the attention and support it needs. UP provides training and technical support for comedy, dance, music, opera, spoken word, theater, and interdisciplinary performance genres. We work on everything from large-scale projects, such as operas featuring dozens of cast members and musicians, to informal poetry slams.

Regardless of scope and scale, all student productions must be planned and developed in a manner that ensures the safety of the production team and the audience. UP exists to fulfill this mandate as we support both the artistic vision and the highest level of safety for each undergraduate production.
 

Undergraduate Production
Broadway Rehearsal Lofts
294 Elm St, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT
undergraduateproduction@yale.edu

Kathryn Krier
  Kate Krier - Head of Undergraduate Production

Before heading UP, Kate served as a Lecturer and Design Advisor for Yale’s Theater Studies Program, helping to oversee the program’s Senior Project production season. She has managed a range of Yale programs as diverse as the World Performance Project, the Yale Baroque Opera Project and the campus-wide Shakespeare at Yale initiative. She has worked in scenic and lighting design for Theater Studies, the World Performance Project, and the Yale Cabaret.  She holds an MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama.

kathryn.krier@yale.edu
Cell: 203.641.1775
Campus: x26416

Rorie M. Fitzsimons
  Rorie M. Fitzsimons - Senior Technical Director

Rorie has over 30 years of theater experience.  He studied theater at the American National Theater Academy and Central Connecticut State University.  Since 2001 he has been a Senior Technical Director for undergraduate production in Yale College.  In this role he oversees production activities and serves as the Technical Advisor for the Yale Dramatic Association. He also works as a professional scenic designer.

rorie.fitzsimons@yale.edu
Cell: 203.314.8476
Campus: x26417

Justin DeLand
  Justin DeLand – Technical Director

Justin is originally from Michigan, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College.  From there he travelled to Hawai‘i to study the theater of Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.  He received his MFA in Technical Theatre and Design from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 2008.  Justin supervises the House Management program, the Off Broadway Theater, the Broadway Rehearsal Lofts, and the UP Inventory.

justin.deland@yale.edu
Cell: 203.892.5043
Campus: x68463

 

Rose Bochansky – Technical Director
Rose oversees the Theater Studies senior project season, the Whitney Theater, and the UP Workshop Series.  Prior to coming to Yale, she served as Technical Director and Instructor in Design and Production at Bryn Mawr College.  She has designed sets, sound, lights, props and projections for stage productions, museums and art installations in and around Philadelphia and in New Haven has worked as technical director or technical designer for the Yale Repertory Theatre, The Yale Baroque Opera Project, the Arts and Ideas Festival, and A Broken Umbrella Theatre.  As an undergraduate she studied Philosophy and Geology at Bryn Mawr College, and is in the final stages of completing her Master’s Degree in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama.

rosalie.bochansky@yale.edu
Cell: 267.266.0207
Campus: x68441