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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.

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OUR CORE VALUES:

Artistry

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

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OUR CORE VALUES:

Belonging

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

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OUR CORE VALUES:

Collaboration

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

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OUR CORE VALUES:

Discovery

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

Adriana Gaviria

Adriana Gaviria (’01) Named Co-Artistic Director of The Sol Project

“It’s truly an honor to share leadership with a visionary artist and producer like Adriana ,” shared Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón (’08).

Carla L. Jackson '99

Carla L. Jackson (’99) Appointed Assistant Dean and General Manager

Jackson also joins the faculty of the Theater Management program.

Bill Connington

Bill Connington (Faculty) Releases Second Feature Film

As Charles in “Poughkeepsie is for Lovers” writer-director and actor Connington surprised his colleagues and students with his transformation.

Martyna Majok

Martyna Majok (’12) on Hoping for Magic, and Wishing for Ghosts

Majok’s Pulitzer-winning “Cost of Living” is now on Broadway, talks about “the precarity of life” and our inherent need to be taken care of.

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Events

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.

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Jan 21, 2023 - Jan 27, 2023

Marys Seacole

Mary Seacole, a Jamaican-British businesswoman and pioneering nurse practitioner, heroically provided desperately needed medical care to British soldiers during the Crimean War. Using Seacole’s acclaimed autobiography as a starting point, playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury brings forth from the abyss of history a chorus of “Marys” to tell of the unseen, uncelebrated labor of care provided by mothers and daughters, nannies, and nurses across centuries.