The Acting department admits talented and committed individuals who possess an active intelligence, a strong imagination, and a physical and vocal instrument capable of development and transformation. The program of study combines in-depth classroom training with extensive production experience preparing them for careers as professional actors. Not only is each class of actors a working ensemble as it trains, but also each actor works as part of a larger company consisting of all three classes of actors. That company works within a still larger ensemble consisting of all departments of the School.


Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2019-20.


Production Opportunities

Students apply theory to professional practice in production work at the School, Yale Rep, and Yale Cabaret.


Affinity Groups

Coalition-building and networking among students who share common interests, goals, and/or a self-identified background.

ACTING A Stella Baker (’18) and James Udom (’18) “We hold each other accountable.”

Student Perspectives

“We hold each other accountable.”

ACTING B Arturo Soria (’19) and Courtney Jamison (’18) “This community is going to change your molecules.”

Student Perspectives

“This community is going to change your molecules.”

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Department News

Louisa Jacobson
Aug 02, 2019

Louisa Jacobson (’19) to Play Juliet in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at Old Globe Theater

The Shakespeare play will open on August 17 at Old Globe Theater in San Diego and close September 15.

Ato Blankson-Wood
Jul 25, 2019

Ato Blankson-Wood (’15) on Playing a ‘Queer African’ in ‘The Rolling Stone’

“I wanted to play a queer African person…” said Blankson-Wood. “That’s a lot of my lived experience and I wanted to bring that to the stage.”