Shaminda Amarakoon

Associate Professor Adjunct of Technical Design and Production and Chair, Technical Design Production at Yale School of Drama; and Yale Repertory Theatre Director of Production

Shaminda is enjoying his third tour at the School of Drama, having previously served as a carpenter in the scene shop, then a student in the TD&P program, before joining the faculty full-time in 2017, teaching production management. Just prior to this recent appointment, he was at Second Stage Theatre in NYC as Production Manager, coordinating the execution of all design elements and consulting on the renovation of their new Broadway house, the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Additionally, in NYC, he has worked for various Broadway, off-Broadway, and national tours through Tech Production Services and then Lincoln Center Theater. He has also worked as a carpenter, technical director, project manager, and production manager at: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Auburn, NY), Shakespeare Theater Company (Washington, DC), Center Theater Group (Los Angeles, CA), and Show Motion (Milford, CT).

Regional credits include: The Servant of Two Masters, Belleville (Yale Repertory Theatre); Jersey Boys (National and Asian tours); Rock of Ages (Las Vegas); Seminar (Los Angeles). Off-Broadway credits include: Notes from the Field (starring Anna Deavere Smith, Second Stage); Dada Woof Papa Hot, Preludes, The Who and The What (Lincoln Center Theater). Broadway credits include: The Heiress, Ann, Lucky Guy (starring Tom Hanks), Rocky, The King and I. Special Events include: YouTube Brandcast 2014 (Madison Square Garden).

He earned his BA from Alfred University and MFA from Yale School of Drama. He is a member of USITT, artEquity’s 2017 National Facilitator Training cohort, and artEquity’s 2020 BIPOC Leadership Circle. He is a co-chair of the Production Manager Forum’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.