Welcome DAY’s New Co-Chair Daniel Cress!

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July 31, 2021
What is your current role at Yale University?
Director of Marketing at the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre.
What are your main responsibilities?
I promote all public performances for the School and the Rep, working within the Greater New Haven community to be a good community partner and to develop new audiences.
What do you like most about your work?
In my work, I mentor Yale School of Drama theater management students in our MFA program—this is what I enjoy the most.
How does your job affect your general lifestyle?
The schedule working at a theater can be tricky—lots of goofy hours, lots of long hours. So, it’s important, especially as someone with a disability, to maintain balance between work and personal lives.
How did you begin your career?
After getting my undergraduate degree in theater management, I was hired at the Civic Opera House in Chicago to supervise a 100-person front of house staff. At age 23, it was admittedly pretty daunting.
What steps would you recommend one take to prepare to enter this field?
Know what area of arts administration best suits you, and don’t take less pay than you are worth just because you love theater.
What skills, abilities, and personal attributes are essential to success in your job/this field?
Honestly, being able to use both sides of my brain has served me well. And a sense of ironic vision. And a sense of humor.
If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself? If not, what would you change?
My alternate career path would be marine biology. I believe in science and I love the water!
What does DAY mean to you, and what are you hoping to accomplish as Co-Chair?
A large part of DAY’s efforts are awareness and advocacy. It’s imperative to me that the disability community have a face, or rather, faces—and a voice. And given both the breadth of the community and the intersectionality with other identities, one of my objectives is to engage with all seven other affinity groups in intentional, rich, and meaningful partnerships.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
After serving on the LGBTQ steering committee since 2011 and DAY’s steering committee since its launch in 2016, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (Debbie Stanley-McAulay!) finally got me to commit to being a co-chair!