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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 experiences 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.
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New Haven, CT
||Kate Krier - Director of 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.
Mike Best– Technical Director
||Justin DeLand – Senior 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, advises production work in venues including the Off Broadway Theater, and oversees aerial arts activities on campus.
||Rorie M. Fitzsimons - Senior Technical Director
Rorie has over 35 years of theater experience. He studied theater at the American National Theater Academy and Central Connecticut State University and worked as a scenic designer and technical director in a variety of local and regional theaters. Since 2001 he has been a Senior Technical Director for undergraduate production in Yale College. In this role he coordinates the UP Peer Mentor program, Prop Weapons and Stage Combat, oversees production activities in Morse- Stiles Crescent Theater and the JE Theater, and serves as the Technical Advisor for the Yale Dramatic Association. He also works as a professional scenic designer.