Drama alumna to head undergraduate production at Yale College

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As part of her mission, Kathryn Krier will expand opportunities for students to learn the craft of theater, including lighting and sound design, stage combat, and other technical skills. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Yale School of Drama alumna Kathryn Krier has been named the new head of the Office of Undergraduate Production in Yale College, announced Susan Cahan, associate dean for the arts.

In this role Krier will lead the team that provides technical training and guidance for all undergraduate performance at Yale.

“Kate brings a strong theater background, exceptional commitment to education, and vast knowledge of the art scene at Yale. Her appointment marks a new era for the Office of Undergraduate Production, distinguished by new vision and expanded goals,” Cahan said.

Established in 2000, the Office of Undergraduate Production serves as a resource for students by providing technical guidance and training programs to assure safe practices in the planning, development, production, and presentation of undergraduate performing arts events.

Krier will build upon this mission by reaching out to students, staff, and faculty to improve safety practices, and through enhanced communication, mentoring, and collaboration. Krier will also support artistic excellence by expanding opportunities for students to learn the craft of theater, including lighting and sound design, stage combat, and other technical skills.

Kate Pitt, a theater studies major and co-president of the Yale Drama Coalition, a student organization, commented, “Kate is exceptional at communicating with students. She has extensive knowledge of the undergraduate performance community at Yale, and the skills and passion to move the program forward.”

Yale College’s thriving undergraduate performing arts culture encompasses over 600 events in theater, music, dance, spoken word, and improvisation each year — involving 2500 students and attracting 120,000 audience members.

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama in technical design and production, Krier wrote her master’s thesis on theater programs within educational environments. She currently serves as a lecturer and design adviser for Yale’s Theater Studies Program and co-instructor of the program’s Senior Project Production Seminar. Since 2006 she has managed a range of Yale programs as diverse as the World Performance Project, the Baroque Opera Project, and the multi-venued “Shakespeare at Yale” initiative.

Prior to joining the staff at Yale, Krier worked with the KO Festival of Performance in Amherst and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, and was a teaching fellow in the drama department at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Victoria Nolan, deputy dean of the School of Drama, noted, “Kate is a profoundly effective colleague whose generosity of spirit and mastery in the making of theater signal a superb choice for Yale.”

Krier will take up her new position as head of undergraduate production on May 1, after concluding her responsibilities as the program coordinator of “Shakespeare at Yale.”

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