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A New Home for David Geffen School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre

Yale University has announced its commitment to the design and construction of a new Dramatic Arts Building which will be the new home of David Geffen School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre. A pivotal new gift, along with other essential gifts, enables this long-envisioned project to advance to these next stages.

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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.

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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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Wendall K. Harrington

Wendall K. Harrington Receives 2024 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

Head of Projection at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, Harrington has designed for nearly 40 Broadway productions.

Nancy Yao

Nancy Yao Appointed Assistant Dean

Nancy Yao has accepted appointment as Assistant Dean of Student Life and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging/Assistant Professor Adjunct of Theater Management at David Geffen School of Drama.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph

Da’Vine Joy Randolph on Oscar Win

The Best Supporting Actress also won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Mary in The Holdovers.

Omid Akbari ’24 Named Burry Fredrik Design Fellow

The Burry Fredrik Foundation has announced scenic designer Omid Akbari as the recipient of the 2024 Burry Fredrik Design Fellowship and its $10,000 award.

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