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David Geffen School of Drama Student Government (SDSG) strives to enhance the educational experience of each student by being a forum for students' ideas and concerns; acting as a liaison between students and the faculty and administration; and promoting education and social activities that help foster a strong sense of community within the School of Drama.
David Geffen School of Drama Affinity Groups empower coalition building and networking among students who share common interests, goals, and/or a self-identified background.
ActOUT strives to create, foster, and strengthen bonds between LGBTQIA students and faculty within David Geffen School of Drama and to support theater that speaks to queer identity and issues. Through engagement with historical and contemporary queer theater practice and practitioners, ActOUT advocates for the visibility of queer students, faculty, art, and artists.
Founded at David Geffen School of Drama in 2015, A.M.P. is a learning group that aims to unpack privilege and leverage it to ignite necessary change. We strive to support affinity groups and all members of the David Geffen School of Drama community, and to provide a safe place where people can ask questions, challenge one another, and set changes in motion.
New Leaf is the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) coalition of students and alumni at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale. Originally founded in 2015 as Asian Potluck for our rich history of gathering around food, we renamed the coalition New Leaf in 2022 to acknowledge the vast array of AAPI experiences. Offered by Baylina Pu (Yale College ‘23), New Leaf is named with an eye on AAPI innovations, including tea and paper; it is also an homage to the diasporic experience of turning a new leaf and starting anew in America and the west. We convene to discuss topics relevant to current issues affecting our population in the theatre community, at Yale and in the world at large. New Leaf allows resources about Asian American theatre, culture, and communities to be shared. We aim to celebrate and promote a more inclusive canon of AAPI theatrical works.
Our mission is to foster an inclusive community of AAPI artists and thinkers, empower AAPI voices, dreams, questions, and build networks of AAPI artists. Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander experiences and cultures are often collapsed, misrepresented, and made invisible. We seek to support one another as socially and politically engaged artists and activists, while understanding that the AAPI identity is a label that is often imposed on us en masse despite our linguistic, cultural, and experiential differences.
Beyond Borders, founded in 2019, aims to raise awareness of, to support, and to empower the international community regardless of citizenship status, at David Geffen School of Drama. We aim to cultivate global perspectives at the School by celebrating international experiences, and bringing in diverse understandings of culture, identity, and aesthetics. Beyond Borders is a welcoming space for international community members as well as anyone experiencing culture shock in their life at David Geffen School of Drama, to share our experiences, frustrations, joys, and hopes.
DEFY: Disability Empowerment for Yale (DGSD), is a disability affinity group founded in 2018. DEFY uses the term disability purposefully and politically. Disability is a condition imposed by cultures that actively disable variant bodies and minds. DEFY exists to create accessible spaces of community and support by and for the disabled community of YSD. It advocates for stories of disability on the stage and for disabled voices in the room. In all of its work DEFY acknowledges that disability identities are intertwined with race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, age, religion, and class, and it strives to hold space for discussion and action that piece through these intersections and honor their complexities.
Founded in 2015, El Colectivo is a collectively organized ensemble for Latinx, Latin American, and allied David Geffen School of Drama members to unite expressions of Latinidad under one roof to uplift themselves, their art, and their communities in conocimiento.
Founded in 1981, FOLKS exists to cultivate solidarity, legacy, and high-risk artistry among the Black artists at David Geffen School of Drama; it honors their rich history and informs the culture of the School for the next generation of Black artists through performances, activism, and discussion.
People of Marginalized Genders (PMG) seeks to provide a platform for the spectrum of voices of cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those of non-conforming genders. We uplift our BIPOC and LGBTQ members, and recognize the disproportionate injustice they face. PMG is committed to hosting productive conversations about gender in the industry and at David Geffen School of Drama, advocating for people of marginalized genders as individuals, artists, and equal members of society through the medium of theater and by raising awareness of their issues, challenges, and victories - yesterday, today, and in the future. We honor the history of our founding in 2015 as Womxn’s Voice in Theatre and remain committed to evolving as necessary to ensure PMG is an inclusive, intersectional, and essential affinity space at the School.