Theater Panel - Tigers, Bulldogs, and Broadway, Oh My!

Wed, Jul 8, 2020, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students

Theater professionals will share their career journeys, and provide insight on navigating current challenges.

Moderated by Kelvin Dinkins, Jr. ’09, assistant dean/general manager, Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre. Co-presented by Yale in Hollywood, and DRAMA: A Community for Yale School of Drama.


  • Lileana Blain-Cruz Princeton ’06, MFA, Yale School of Drama; Director 
  • Kelvin Dinkins Jr., Princeton '09;  Assistant dean, Yale School of Drama; General manager, Yale Repertory Theatre 
  • Peter Kim, MFA, Yale School of Drama; Actor/director/educator
  • Orin Wolf, Broadway/tour producer

This event is 7-8:30 pm EST.

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Registration closes at 5 p.m. EST the day before the event. The Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event. 

This event is part of the Arts at Work program, which brings Princeton students and alumni together for speakers and panel discussions, artists’ showcases and social events. The program is also designed to provide Princetonians a supportive arts and creative community and opportunities to learn about the realities of life and work in various creative fields. 

Lileana Blain-Cruz '06

Lileana Blain-Cruz '06, director

Lileana Blain-Cruz is a director from New York City and Miami. Recent projects include: Anatomy of a Suicide (Atlantic Theater Company), Fefu and Her Friends (TFANA); Girls (Yale Repertory Theater); Marys Seacole (LCT3, Obie Award); Faust (Opera Omaha); Fabulation, Or the Reeducation of Undine (Signature Theatre); Thunderbodies and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Soho Rep.); The House That Will Not Stand and Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop); Water by the Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum/CTG); Pipeline (Lincoln Center); The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature Theatre, Obie Award); Henry IV, Part One and Much Ado About Nothing(Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Bluest Eye (The Guthrie); War (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and Yale Rep.); Salome (JACK); Hollow Roots (the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater); She was recently named a 2018 United States Artists Fellow and a 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist. She is a graduate of Princeton and received her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama. 

Kelvin Dinkins Jr. '09

Kelvin Dinkins Jr., '09; Associate dean, Yale School of Drama; General manager, Yale Rep

Kelvin Dinkins, Jr. ‘09 is the assistant dean and assistant professor adjunct in Theater Management for Yale School of Drama and the General Manager of Yale Repertory Theatre. Kelvin joins Yale from Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey where he spent four years as General Manager and helped to produce over 25 productions and two regional theater original cast albums, including Be More Chill. Kelvin’s career in theater has brought him a range of experiences from producing on Broadway at the National Artists Management Company to non-profit theater management including his roles as Communications & Development Manager at The Civilians, Development Fellow at the National Corporate Theatre Fund (a.k.a. Theatre Forward), and Associate General Manager at Intiman Theatre in Seattle.

Kelvin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and the Board of Trustees for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Yale Cabaret, and the Princeton University Triangle Club. He is also the Co-Chair of the LORT Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and has developed initiatives to raise the representation of women of all races and men of color in executive leadership in LORT theatres. Kelvin was an inaugural member of the TCG SPARK Leadership Program for the professional development of leaders of color and was awarded TCG’s Leadership(U): Continuing Ed grant to study new producing models, institutional leadership transition, and inclusion in art and community. He was selected to join the Banff Centre for Creative Leadership’s cohort in 2016 for the “New Fundamentals: Leadership in the Creative Ecology” program for leaders committed to creating the future of their sector by drawing on the strengths and unique qualities of creative work. 

Kelvin has also served as a co-facilitator of the LORT-Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival ASPIRE Arts Leadership fellows program. He has been invited to be a guest lecturer in topics of theater management and producing for Brown University, New York University, and Princeton University. Kelvin has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Theatre Forward. He has participated in field-wide issues of EDI, curriculum development, and arts management as a panelist for conferences at LORT, TCG, Americans for the Arts, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Kelvin developed his passion for theater management and producing while an undergraduate at Princeton University where he received his A.B. degree in English and received a Certificate in Theatre & Dance from the Lewis Center for the Arts. He earned his M.F.A. in Theatre Management & Producing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Peter Kim

Peter Kim, MFA, Yale School of Drama; Actor/director/educator

Peter Kim is an accomplished actor, award winning producer, director and teacher in New York City. He recently starred in Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater and has appeared on Broadway in the TONY winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. He has created roles in a number of world premiere plays Off-Broadway and regionally.  Film & TV credits include The 40-Year-Old Version (upcoming on Netfilx/Sundance Film Festival 2020 Award Winner), The God Committee (Tribeca Film Festival 2020), Cubby, Saturday Church (2017 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award), The English Teacher, Margin Call, Sex and the City, Hackers, After Forever, Chicago Med, Louie, Mercy, Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.  As Associate Producer of NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company), the company has received OBIE awards and Drama League and Drama Desk Award nominations.  He is a Lecturer in Theater at Princeton University and the co-creator of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway comedy, SIDES: The Fear is Real...  He holds an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and a BFA from New York University.


Orin Wolf

Orin Wolf, Broadway/tour producer

Orin Wolf is a Broadway and tour producer whose credits include The Band’s Visit (Tony Award), Fiddler on the Roof (Tony nomination), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tony nomination), Orphans (Tony nomination), Once (Tony Award), That Championship Season and A View From the Bridge (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway, London and touring: The Band’s Visit, Once, Not By Bread Alone, Groundswell, Judy Gold’s 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Robert Wuhl’s Assume the Position and History of the Word. He was the inaugural recipient of the T-Fellowship for Creative Producing at Columbia University and is now the director.