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An Extraordinary and Unprecedented Gift from David Geffen

Yale University has announced a gift of $150 million from the David Geffen Foundation in support of the School of Drama.

This extraordinary and unprecedented gift ensures that from this day forward, in perpetuity, full-time students in degree and certificate programs will receive 100% tuition remission, beginning with the 2021–22 academic year. These programs are now, and always will be, “tuition free.”

In celebration of this gift, the largest in the history of the American theater, Yale School of Drama is now the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University.

About the Gift

About David Geffen



Our Mission

David Geffen School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre train and advance leaders in the practice of every theatrical discipline, making art to inspire joy, empathy, and understanding in the world.



We expand knowledge to nurture creativity and imaginative expression embracing the complexity of the human spirit.



We put people first, centering well-being, inclusion, and equity for theater makers and audiences through anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices.



We build our collective work on a foundation of mutual respect, prizing the contributions and accomplishments of the individual and of the team.



We wrestle with compelling issues of our time. Energized by curiosity, invention, bravery, and humor, we challenge ourselves to risk and learn from failure and vulnerability.

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On and Off York Street

Jacob Santos and Dede Ayite

Jacob Santos (’24) Talks Clothes with Dede Ayite (’11)

The current theater manager recently interviewed the two-time Tony-nominated costume designer.

Shaminda Amarakoon Headshot

How to Be an Antiracist Theatremaker

Shaminda Amarakoon, TD&P Chair, and four other producers talk about what they do and the power they hold to make change.

Lileana Blain-Cruz

Lileana Blain-Cruz, Teo Castellanos Among 2021 Doris Duke Artists

Faculty member and Resident Director Lileana Blain Cruz named 2021 Doris Duke Artist.

Toni-Leslie James

Toni-Leslie James to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

Our Co-Chair of Design will receive a Ming Cho Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design at the 57th annual Henry Hewes Design Awards.

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Manning artwork
Dec 16, 2021 - Dec 18, 2021


A giant zucchini appears overnight after a father and his two sons have lost the woman who held their hearts together. Together, they learn to face loss and the unexpected gifts grief yields.

Affinity artwork
May 14, 2022 - May 19, 2022


Restless and bereft in Victorian England, Margaret Prior finds herself at Millbank Women’s Prison as a “lady visitor.” With a furtive flash of violet, one prisoner catches her eye. Soon, Margaret’s world spins wildly out of control as she is pulled into Selina’s spiritualist orbit and finds herself entranced by a new language of séances and queer influences. Part romance, part ghost story, Affinity examines one woman’s quest for connection, liberty, and even love, in a straight-laced society.