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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

Emily Trask

Emily Trask (’11) Promoted at PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre

Trask assumed her new role as Associate Artistic Director in August 2022.

Noah Diaz

Noah Diaz (’20) An “Artist to Watch”

‘You Will Get Sick,’ written at the School, will be presented at Roundabout Theatre Company this fall.

Da'Vine Joy Randolph in a victorian style dress holding a baby

What Da’Vine Joy Randolph (’11) Wants, She’ll Create

“We’ll be speaking the same language,” Randolph said of working with actor-director Sanaa Lathan (’95).

Narda E. Alcorn (left) and Lisa Porter (right)

Stage Managers’ Association Honors Narda E. Alcorn and Lisa Porter

Alcorn (’95, Chair of Stage Management) and Porter (’95) will receive a Special Recognition Award at the 2022 Del Hughes Awards.

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DGSD1 - Ghosts artwork
Oct 22, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022


Helene Alving spent half a lifetime trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband’s death has now offered her a chance to reconnect with her first love and with her estranged son. But the past is not easily left behind: the dead—people, ideas, beliefs—haunt the living. Ibsen, speaking to us from over a century ago, warns that we must reckon with who we are and what we’ve done if we are ever to be free of our ghosts.

DGSD2 - Next to Normal artwork
Dec 10, 2022 - Dec 16, 2022

Next to Normal

From the outside, the Goodmans are the very picture of a normal middle-class family living in the middle of America. But under the serene surface are fault lines that will soon shake their carefully curated self-image. With an emotionally wrenching contemporary rock score, this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical exposes the sabotaging power of the American dream and the liberation that may be possible when—if —we choose to wake up.