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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.

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

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.

a.k. payne

a.k. payne (’23) Named Blackburn Finalist

‘Love I Awethu Further’ was submitted by Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Yale Repertory Theatre.

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DGSD Carlotta Festival 2024
May 02, 2024 - May 09, 2024

Rent Free

Hungry to prove her artistic eye, photographer Kandice Phellan is on the cusp of career-defining success. An upcoming gala holds an opportunity for her to solidify her place among the greats. But her pristinely curated world gets messy when she enlists the babysitting help of her protégée. As her personal and professional life bleed into each other, the magnitude of her sacrifices threatens to ruin her legacy for good.

DGSD Carlotta Festival 2024
May 03, 2024 - May 10, 2024

Cactus Queen

It’s been 40 days since Queenie buried her son, Ordell, who was shot and killed by a police officer. 40 days of protest. 40 days of grief. 40 days of constant, unrelenting rain. And after 40 days of neighbors promising, “if there’s anything you need…,” Queenie now realizes what that is. A play of mothers and sons, sisters and boyfriends, lemons and plums, Cactus Queen is about burials—the kind that happen year after year after year. Isn’t it time, finally, for something to grow?