For information about life at Yale, including housing, transportation, health and wellness, and more, please visit the Yale Student Life website. Matriculating School of Drama students can find additional information about life at our school in the YSDinfo website's New Students section.
Yale 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.
Yale 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 Yale 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 Yale 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 Yale School of Drama community, and to provide a safe place where people can ask questions, challenge one another, and set changes in motion.
Asian Potluck, formally established in 2015, is the Asian and Asian American theater coalition of Yale School of Drama students and alumni. Its mission is to foster a community of socially and politically engaged theater artists and activists around historically misrepresented and misperceived Asian and Asian American experiences and cultures.
Beyond Borders, founded in 2019, aims to raise awareness of, to support, and to empower the international community regardless of citizenship status, at Yale School of Drama. We aim to cultivate global perspectives at YSD 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 YSD, to share our experiences, frustrations, joys, and hopes.
DEFY: Disability Empowerment for YSD, 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 Yale 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 Yale 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 YSD, 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 YSD.