Yale Dedicates the Frederick Iseman Theater

James Bundy, dean of Yale School of Drama and artistic director of Yale Repertory Theatre, with Frederick Iseman ’74

Yale School of Drama has announced that the New Theater, a 200-seat, state-of-the-art performance venue located at 1156 Chapel Street, was renamed the Frederick Iseman Theater in a dedication ceremony on May 30.

The renaming of Yale’s premier “black box” theater is in recognition of a generous gift from Frederick Iseman ’74.

“The dedication of the Frederick Iseman Theater marks the first named performance space in the history of Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre and represents Mr. Iseman’s passionate support of theater and the performing arts here at Yale and around the world,” said Yale School of Drama Dean and Artistic Director James Bundy. “The entire community celebrates his deep commitment and is grateful for his generosity.”

The theater can seat up to 200 people in a number of configurations, from a standard end-stage to a full round arena. It supports a variety of theatrical and dance productions, including Yale School of Drama’s annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, Shakespeare Repertory Project productions directed by second-year directors, and third-year director thesis projects. Yale Repertory Theatre uses the space for main-stage productions, and the undergraduate Yale Dramatic Association regularly presents work in the theater, which has also been home to the Undergraduate Playwriting Festival.

Iseman is chair and CEO of CI Capital Partners, LLC, which he founded in 1993. At Yale, he is a member of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign Committee, the University Council, and the Sterling Fellows. His past giving includes support for the Genocide Studies Program in the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and the recently endowed directorship of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, a position held since 2002 by Ernesto Zedillo ’81 Ph.D., former president of Mexico. The naming of the Frederick Iseman Theater recognizes his leadership support.

“The focused, driven, entrepreneurial efforts of Dean James Bundy and the heads of the other Yale art schools, President Richard C. Levin, and Vice President and Secretary Linda Koch Lorimer to make Yale the pre-eminent, major university in the world in the arts have succeeded. I am honored to have my name affiliated with this illustrious Drama School, which strives continuously to achieve work that is lasting, influential, transcendent, and sublime. What a pleasure to do my bit to abet Yale’s remarkable work,” Iseman said at the dedication.

(June 10, 2009)

June 10, 2009