Acting

Yale University requires all students, other than those with approved medical or religious exemptions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have obtained a booster shot. According to University policy, vaccine exempt individuals must wear a mask at all times and maintain a six-foot social distance from others both indoors and outdoors, in addition to twice weekly testing. Theatrical production activity is central to the training in all programs at David Geffen School of Drama. Production work at the School and Yale Repertory Theatre requires everyone taking part to be vaccinated and boosted because we cannot guarantee that the production environment will support the ability to socially distance throughout rehearsals, tech and performances. Additionally, there are many in-class activities where a six-foot distance from faculty and other students cannot be accommodated. Therefore, we are not able to offer candidates who are not fully vaccinated and boosted admission to our programs. If you receive an offer to attend the School you will therefore need to attest to being fully vaccinated and having received a booster, and ultimately show proof of full vaccination and booster as authorized by the World Health Organization and Food and Drug Administration in accordance with Yale's COVID-19 guidelines. 

The Acting program admits talented and committed individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who possess a lively intelligence, a strong imagination, a collaborative ethos, and a physical and vocal instrument capable of development and transformation and prepares them for work as professional actors. Combining in-depth classroom training with interdisciplinary production opportunities, the program further recognizes and affirms the call for our field, our faculty, and our theater-makers-in-training to prioritize anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices and pedagogies in order to create a more just, joyful, and liberated profession. At the conclusion of their training, graduates will be prepared to work on a wide range of material in multiple genres and venues.

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All students in degree and certificate programs receive full tuition scholarships.

67% of current students receive need-based aid for living expenses.

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Production Opportunities

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

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Affinity Groups

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

Learning on the Go: Tyler Cruz, Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel, Jacob Santos, & Jackeline Torres Cortés

Student Perspectives

Learning on the Go: Actor Tyler Cruz, Playwright Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel, Theater Manager Jacob Santos, and Actor Jackeline Torres Cortés

Not What You Expected: Actor Tyler Cruz, Playwright Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel, Theater Manager Jacob Santos, and Actor Jackeline Torres Cortés

Student Perspectives

Not What You Expected: Actor Tyler Cruz, Playwright Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel, Theater Manager Jacob Santos, and Actor Jackeline Torres Cortés

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Program News

Bill Connington
Oct 18, 2022

Bill Connington (Faculty) Releases Second Feature Film

As Charles in “Poughkeepsie is for Lovers” writer-director and actor Connington surprised his colleagues and students with his transformation.

Andrew Burnap
Nov 01, 2022

CAMELOT at Lincoln Center Features School of Drama Talent

Andrew Burnap (’16) will star, with designs by Michael Yeargan (’73, Faculty), Jennifer Moeller (’06).