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, and prepares them for work as professional actors. The program of study combines in-depth classroom training with extensive production work. 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 2018-19.


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.

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Department News

Henry Winkler ('70)
Sep 18, 2018

Henry Winkler (’70) Wins His First Emmy Award

“If you stay at the table long enough,” Winkler said, “the chips come to you. And tonight, I got to clear the table.”

Patricia Clarkson
Aug 04, 2018

Patricia Clarkson (’85) Has Great Advice for Young Actors

When I go back to talk to my alma mater I say, “Your only calling card is an audition.”