The HRDC Board strives to uphold the mission statement of the organization by promoting interest in theater at Harvard, organizing and administering student participation in productions housed in the Loeb Drama Center, and acting as an umbrella organization for Harvard theater by assisting in the production of theatrical works elsewhere on campus.
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The 2012 HRDC Executive Board
President: Maddy Bersin '14
Bio: Maddy Bersin, a junior American History and Literature concentrator in Adams House, hails from Washington, D.C. by way of San Diego, California. Since first appearing as a Hot Box Chick in a fourth grade production of "Guys and Dolls" wearing an actual chicken suit, she has expanded her theatrical repertoire from acting to include directing, producing, stage management, and lighting design. In addition to her work with the HRDC, Maddy is a frequent A.R.T. intern and a production assistant at Farkas Hall-- in other words, she is more than likely in a theater at this very moment. Contact Maddy about any and all things HRDC; she would love to hear from you.
Duties: The President of the HRDC, in addition to facilitating and coordinating the actions of all other board members, serves as the primary liaison between the ART, OFA, Committee of Dramatic Arts, and Deans of Harvard College. The president is responsible for upholding a positive image of the HRDC, and is the party most responsible for insuring the success of the HRDC, its sponsored productions, and its individual members.
Vice President/Mainstage Coordinator: Anna Kelsey '14
Bio: Anna Kelsey is a junior in Eliot House concentrating in Folklore and Mythology. Since her childhood here in Cambridge, MA performing in bad musical theater, she has found her way to the other side of the stage as a stage manager, producer, director, costume designer, and light designer. When not working on an HRDC production, she can be found working as a House Manager for the ART, doing homework in the Eliot dining hall, or in Farkas Hall doing costumes for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Please get in touch with her if you have any questions about the Mainstage, theater in general, fairy tales, or green tea.
Duties: The VP is charged with coordinating the HRDC productions that occur on the Mainstage of the Loeb every semester. The VP also handles the OFA sponsored Visiting Director Project, in which a professional director works with a student cast and production team on the Mainstage each fall. The VP is also in charge of blood for HRDC shows, contact her if your show involves blood in any way.
Ex Coordinator: David Manella '14
Bio: David Manella is a Junior from South Florida. He is concentrating in Government with a secondary in Dramatic Arts. Though David had a famed high school acting career—he's a former Harold Hill, after all—he decided to get involved with the production side of theater once at Harvard. Since his sophomore year, David has produced three musicals in the Loeb and one in Cambridge's Club OBERON. He is also a member of the Harvard Advocate. Contact David if you have any questions about the Loeb Ex.
Duties: The Ex Coordinator oversees the Loeb Experimental Theater, a variable-seating space that is the premier black-box space on campus.
Campus Liaison: Scout O'Beirne '14
Bio: Scout O'Beirne is a current sophomore in Leverett House attempting to understand the complexities of Women, Gender, Sexuality, and generally any other culturally prescribed binaries. Her favorite theatre related activities include acting, lighting tech, and occasional stage management. As campus liaison, she is happy to answer any and all questions pertaining to the mysteries HRDC theater or life in general.
Duties: The Campus Liaison is responsible for organizing and running Common Casting, maintaining relations between the HRDC and other campus theater groups, and conducting outreach to the Harvard community past and present.
Technical Liaison: Ally Kiley '15
Bio: Ally Kiley is a sophomore History and Literature concentrator living in Winthrop House. After years of acting in elementary school, middle school and high school plays, she's joined the dark side of theater - tech. Since ASMing and props designing her freshman fall, she's produced a lot, directed and light designed - and maybe will still be acting a little. Her favorite thing in the world is getting actors interested in technical theater, so never hesitate to contact her with questions, or if you want to get involved. She also loves small animals, Doc Martins and pizza.
Duties: The Tech Liaison arranges Backstage Week, publishes information about design and technician positions that are open on campus, oversees the Loeb Technical Requirement, and is available as a technical resource to everyone.
Historian: Lily Glimcher ‘14
Bio: Lily Glimcher is a Junior in Lowell House from New York City. She is concentrating in Psychology with a secondary in the Dramatic Arts. Her theatrical interests include directing, acting, singing, set design, and theater management, but she loves to explore new dimensions of the theater world. Contact Lily to discuss alumni events/master classes, the alumni newsletter, archiving, and the history of the HRDC. Also, her favorite food will always be chocolate.
Duties: The Historian is responsible for acting as a liaison between the Board and the HRDC community, documenting and maintaining the history of the HRDC, and serving as a coordinator of HRDC alumni relations. The historian organizes Alumni Voices, in which alumni return to lead talks and master classes, and she compiles and sends out the Alumni Newsletter, "Curtain Call".
Publicity Coordinator: Darcy Donelan '14
Bio: Darcy Donelan is a Junior in Pforzheimer House pursuing a degree in History and Literature, a secondary degree in the Dramatic Arts, and a citation in Italian. Though her primary theatrical interest is acting, over the past three years she has acquired skills in costume designing, lighting, and the administrative side of theatre. She would love to answer any questions regarding HRDC publicity or Harvard theater in general, and would be happy to help publicize any events or opportunities to the HRDC Community.
Duties: The publicity coordinator is in charge of publicizing events around campus and throughout the surrounding area. She updates and maintains the HRDC website, and makes the HRDC Weekly Newsletter, which includes announcements and news pertinent to the HRDC community. She also maintains the HRDC Facebook Page and Twitter account. Submit all campus theater announcements through the online form by midnight on Sunday for inclusion in the upcoming week's newsletter. Emails concerning publicizing theater on the website and beyond the HRDC newsletter should be addressed to the Publicity Coordinator.
Treasurer: Simon de Carvalho '14
Bio: Simon de Carvalho is an Economics concentrator from Larchmont, NY. He is a junior in Mather House. Simon once auditioned for a play, two semesters ago, and was laughed out of the audition room by current campus liaison Scout O’Beirne—his pride shaken, he has never attempted to return to the stage, instead focusing on producing shows in nearly all of Harvard’s theater spaces and Cambridge’s Club OBERON. He is also a frequent contributor to the OFA’s Arts Beat blog. Contact Simon if you have questions about treasure.
Duties: The Treasurer is in charge of finances for the Loeb Ex and Mainstage, as well as the HRDC budget. If you have a question about reimbursements, allowable items for a budget, or ideas for HRDC purchases, email the treasurer!
HRDC Board Elections
HRDC Board Elections are held annually, in November, at an open meeting of the HRDC. Each officer holds their position for one calendar year. New members assume the duties and privileges of office at the beginning of the spring semester.
Anyone who has been involved with a campus production in any way can run for the HRDC Board. Candidates are encouraged to look at the duties and responsibilities of each position (described above and in the HRDC Constitution) and to email current board members to learn more about their perspective office when deciding to run. Candidates for office should nominate themselves by submitting a statement of interest to the current Executive Board at least two days prior to the election. A majority vote by members of the HRDC present at the open meeting determines the elected officers of the HRDC Executive Board. Candidates may be nominated from the floor.