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.

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

Bryan Tyree Henry '07
Nov 03, 2018

Brian Tyree Henry (’07) on ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Widows’

The Tony-nominated actor stars in two of autumn’s biggest films. So why has he suffered from imposter syndrome?

Jane Kaczmarek
Oct 22, 2018

Jane Kaczmarek (’82) to Star in ‘The Year to Come’ by Lindsey Ferrentino (’16)

Kaczmarek will play “Estelle” in Ferrentino’s play, opening Dec. 4 at La Jolla Playhouse.