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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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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.

Gordon Rogoff

Theater Critic and Professor Gordon Rogoff Remembered

Charles McNulty (’93, ’95 D.F.A.) shares a brief biography of Rogoff’s lifetime of dedicated work.

Marc Robinson

Marc Robinson (’90 M.F.A., ’92 D.F.A.) Appointed Dean

Robinson will assume the role of dean of humanities for Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences in July.

Sheria Irving and Leland Fowler

Sheria Irving (’13) and Leland Fowler (’18) Cast in Sally & Tom at The Public Theater

Suzan-Lori Parks’s new play will also include work by Riccardo Hernández (’92, Co-chair of Design) and Alan C. Edwards (’11, faculty).

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