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Graduate professional training in every theatrical discipline.

Our Plans for 2020–21 and Beyond

Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre will not produce seasons of plays in 2020–21, due to the ongoing incompatibility of theatrical production with best public health practices in response to COVID-19. Practical production work is a central tenet of the School’s conservatory training; the three-year MFA program is being extended temporarily to a fourth year to best meet and overcome the current and inevitable future disruptions of the pandemic. Similarly, the one-year Technical Internship program will be extended by one semester. The School’s next student recruitment cycle will be for admission in the fall of 2022.

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Our Mission

Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre train and advance leaders to raise the standard of global professional practice in every theatrical discipline, pursuing excellence in art to promote wonder, empathy, and understanding in the world.



We nurture imagination and court inspiration through mastery of skills and techniques, to create fluent, authentic, original storytelling that illuminates the complexity of the human spirit and questions accepted wisdom.



We attend both to process and to results, hearing the voices of colleagues and striving for a collective vision of our goals; we prize the contributions and accomplishments of the individual and of the team.



We wrestle with the most compelling issues of our time. Therefore, we foster curiosity, invention, bravery, and humor; we risk and learn from failure and vulnerability in order to build lifelong habits of innovation and revelation.



We commit to fair and ongoing practices that enhance our relationships to theater makers, audiences, and society, finding strength in our diversity, and lowering barriers to participation in the field.



We dedicate our best selves to both training and practice, holding ourselves accountable for a safe, sound, and respectful workplace, animated by good will.

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On and Off York Street

Lileana Blain-Cruz

Lileana Blain-Cruz (’12) Joins Full-Time Faculty

Lileana, who has been teaching since 2018, is now Lecturer in Directing and Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Alan C. Edwards

Alan C. Edwards (’11) Expands Teaching Role at Yale School of Drama

Edwards has become a full-time Lecturer in Design and Lighting Design Advisor at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Michael Yeargan

Michael Yeargan (’73) Named Oenslager Professor in the Practice

This chair honors the late Donald M. Oenslager, who was the first Chair of the Design Department, teaching from 1925-1970.

Alan Hendrickson

Alan Hendrickson (’83) Named Henry McCormick Professor in the Practice

This Technical Design & Production position recognizes Hendrickson’s definitive field leadership in the development of scenic automation.

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