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[VIRTUAL] Yale SOM New York Vineyard Theatre Virtual Watch Party & Talkback

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Tue, Feb 23, 2021

7 PM – 8:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Yale alumni and their guests are invited to attend an evening virtual watch party of two episodes from Vineyard Theatre's series, Lessons in Survival, which episodically features stories of trailblazing artists and activists such as James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Toni Morrison, and more. During the event attendees will join members of the production team for a special live talkback session. More info on the Vineyard Theatre, Lessons in Survival, and members of the production that we'll be fortunate enough to speak with during the talkback, many of whom are Yale alumni, is listed below.

As part of your admission to this event, you are also able to purchase access to the Vineyard Theatre’s full season of shows if you wish.


Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists, and to developing and producing work that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. One of the country’s preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, our work seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to see ourselves and our world from different perspectives.

Lessons in Survival Synopsis:

8 episodes of trailblazing artists and activists such as James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Toni Morrison, Bayard Rustin, Lorraine Hansberry and others who changed our country with their words. Lessons in Survival asks what these voices can teach us about our country now, and the opportunities for change that stand before us.

This collection of interviews and speeches from some of America’s most revolutionary artists and activists from the 1960’s-2000’s are brought to new life in and for our moment. Actors channel the original broadcasts on an in-ear feed and speak exactly what they hear.

A trailer for the series can be found on youtube here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zKs9585UW4&feature=youtu.be).

There is also a wonderful NY Times piece about the program linked below.



Episode Overviews:

EP 1: “Survival Is Not A One Time Decision”
Excerpts of conversations and speeches with Nina Simone (1968), Lorainne Hansberry (1964), and Audre Lorde and Blanche Cook (1982), tackling radicalism, survival, and the role of the artist in times of revolution. (Runtime: 27 minutes)
Featuring: Kalyne Coleman, Nicole Lewis, Deirdre O’Connell, Myra Lucretia Taylor

EP 3: “When You Say Revolution... What Do You Mean?”
Women leaders of the Civil Rights Movement: Angela Davis discusses the role of Communism in the Black Power Movement and breaks down the path to true revolution (1972 and 2008); Georgia Gilmore reflects on organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1979); and Fannie Lou Hamer offers a critical diagnosis of the moral state of America in 1968. (Runtime: 35 minutes)
Featuring: Helen Cespedes, Crystal Dickinson, Ricardy Fabre, Nicole Lewis


Talkback participants (where available, full bios below):

  • Tyler Thomas (Co-Conceiver and Director)
  • Nicole Lewis (Actor), ’96 B.A.
  • Daniel Kluger (Composer, Sound Mixer), ’08 B.A.
  • Suzanne Appel, Managing Director, Vineyard Theatre, ’11 MBA, MFA
  • Trent Anderson, Director of Development, Vineyard Theatre, ’19 MBA, MFA

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 

  • 7:00pm Event begins with Viewing of Episode 1, “Survival Is Not A One Time Decision”
  • 7:30pm Talkback with Vineyard Team and Actors Q&A
  • 8:00pm Episode 3 Viewing, “When You Say Revolution... What Do You Mean?”


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Tyler Thomas Thomas

Co-Conceiver and Director

Vineyard Theatre

(She/Hers), is a director and choreographer, currently based in NYC. Her work has most recently been shown at The New Ohio, Signature Theatre, The Flea, HERE Arts Center, NYMF, Paradise Factory, and NYU Tisch. As an associate and assistant, she has worked with directors such as Lear deBessonet, Taibi Magar, Whitney White, Young Jean Lee, Lee Sunday Evans, Niegel Smith, and Jo Bonney, as well as with the Builders Association as Associate Dramaturg. Tyler is a former SDCF Observer, member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, Visiting Artist at the Athens Conservatoire in Greece, Resident Director at The Flea, current 2050 NYTW Fellow and Foeller Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival. She holds a BFA in Drama and MA in Arts & Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts.

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Nicole Lewis ’96 B.A.


Vineyard Theatre

Nicole Lewis has been seen on television in “New Amsterdam”, “The Good Fight”, “The Blacklist”, “Mozart in the Jungle”, “Odd Mom Out”, “Blue Bloods”, “A Gifted Man”, “Law & Order SVU”, “Mercy”, “As the World Turns”, “Naked Brothers Band”, and in the feature films The Comedian, Across the Universe, A Beautiful Mind and London Betty. Nicole has also performed on Broadway in Rent (Joanne); and the original companies of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (2019 Revival), Hair (2009 Tony Award Best Revival), and Lennon. Off Broadway she has played Angela in Zawe Ashton’s For All The Women Who Thought They Were Mad (Soho Rep., Whitney White dir.), Isabella in Measure for Measure and Lady Macduff in Macbeth (The Public Theater), Grace in Abby Rosebrock’s Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theatre Company), Kate Hamill’s Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam Theatre Company, dir. Eric Tucker), Boy Gets Girl and Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regionally, she has worked with Paula Vogel at Baltimore Center Stage, played Ann Deever in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (Intiman Theater in Seattle), Kate in David Lindsay Abaire’s Good People (Geva Theater/Indiana Rep), and Jory in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar (ATC); in addition to works at Philadelphia Theater Company, The Old Globe (San Diego), Hartford Stage and ACT (San Francisco) amongst others. Special Engagements include the Original Works: Far But Close by/with Daniel Beaty (Dance Theater of Harlem), Flowers are Sleeping by/with Eisa Davis (Symphony Space) and Revival: Son House by Keith Glover (Geva Theater Festival). Nicole is a prolific Voice Artist, having recorded for Dreamworks’ Madagascar, PBS’s “NOVA” and several podcasts and audiobooks for Penguin Audio, Simon & Schuster and Audible including Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age (New York Times #7 best seller Audio Fiction), Michelle Harper’s The Beauty in Breaking, Zinzi Clemmons’ What We Lose, a novel, and Sarah Kuhn’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. She is a Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, The Commissary Play Group, The Actor’s Center, and graduate of Yale University (BA) and ACT (MFA). She adds to her honors, an NHT Award Nomination for her portrayal of Asaka in Once On This Island at Weathervane Theater where she also directed Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, David Mamet’s Race and Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo. In addition to her extensive career as an Actor and Director, she is an Assistant Professor of Acting at Emerson College.

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Daniel Kluger ’08 B.A.

Composer, Sound Mixer

Daniel Kluger is a composer, whose experience as an orchestrator, music producer and sound designer uniquely informs his success at creating music for theater, film, and media.

Recent honors include four Tony nominations in three different categories, including two in 2020 for Best Sound Design for THE SOUND INSIDE and SEA WALL/A LIFE, and one for Best Original Score (music) Written for the Theatre for THE SOUND INSIDE.

He earned a 2019 Tony nomination, 2020 Grammy nomination, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for his work on Daniel Fish’s visionary Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA!  As music producer, arranger and orchestrator, Kluger re-conceived the score for a seven piece bluegrass band, simultaneously giving it a more contemporary sound while also evoking the world of territory era Oklahoma, without changing a note of the music.

Kluger’s scoring work echoes the neoclassical style of contemporary composers like Nico Muhly, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir. He produces scores for some of the most innovative theater directors, including Daniel Fish, David Cromer, Anne Kauffman, Kamilah Forbes, Tyne Rafaeli, Sam Gold, Trip Cullman, Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Giovanna Sardelli, Oliver Butler, Arin Arbus and more.

Recently at the Park Avenue Armory Kluger created an original score for Ödön von Horváth’s JUDGMENT DAY, directed by Richard Jones and starring Emmy Award winner Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). The score’s palette features a thunderous brass section performed by The International Contemporary Ensemble.

Recent Broadway work includes the world premiere of THE SOUND INSIDE, directed by David Cromer (starring Mary-Louise Parker), the revival of MARVIN’S ROOM, directed by Anne Kauffman (starring Janeane Garofalo & Lili Taylor) and the world premiere of SIGNIFICANT OTHER, directed by Trip Cullman, starring Gideon Glick.

Kluger scored the critically acclaimed off-Broadway premieres of SUNDAY by Jack Thorne (dir. Lee Sunday Evans),  ANIMAL (starring Rebecca Hall), and THE VILLAGE BIKE (starring Greta Gerwig, directed by Sam Gold) as well as the lauded NYT Critics’ Pick MAN FROM NEBRASKA by Tracy Letts, directed by David Cromer.

Additional off-Broadway credits include TRIBES at the Barrow Street Theatre (Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Sound Design), and Ethan Coen’s WOMEN OR NOTHING at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Kluger has produced dozens of other scores for Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Atlantic, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theater, and more, as well as some of the country’s premier regional theaters.

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Suzanne Appel ’11 MBA, MFA

Managing Director

Vineyard Theatre

Suzanne Appel's professional accomplishments as managing director of Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre have included negotiating an industry-first partnership with Audible to premiere and create two audio plays, adding seven new board members, completing the Vineyard's first strategic plan, and eliminating its accumulated deficit. She has had more than 15 years of arts leadership roles with an emphasis on business development, revenue generation, and producing the work of form-challenging artists. Previously she served as director of external affairs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she led the fundraising and marketing teams to annual revenue generation of more than $7 million. Prior to her role at Hubbard Street, she served as managing director at Cutting Ball Theatre, where she nearly doubled the operating budget and built a two-month-plus operating reserve in four years. Her career began at Wesleyan University and subsequently at Dance Theatre Workshop in Individual Giving roles. Appel holds an MBA from Yale School of Management, and MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama (2011).

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Trent Anderson ’19 MBA, MFA

Director of Development

Vineyard Theatre

Trent Anderson is the Director of Development at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre, where he has overseen all fundraising strategy and operations for two seasons, including a successful emergency pandemic campaign culminating in The Vineyard's first-ever online musical production. Prior to The Vineyard, Trent completed his MFA in Theatre Management at Yale School of Drama and MBA at Yale School of Management, where he served as Co-Chair of the school's Internship Fund. During his graduate studies, he held a variety of professional positions including Associate Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, General Manager of Yale Summer Cabaret, and Management Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Trent's career in theatre administration began at The Public Theater, where he produced over 100 readings and workshops of new plays and musicals, and served as Assistant Line Producer on over 30 mainstage productions including Shakespeare in the Park and the world premieres of Fun Home and Hamilton. Trent hails from Chariton, Iowa and Seward, Alaska and is a proud graduate of Manhattanville College and the O'Neill's National Theater Institute.