Design

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 purpose of the Design program is to develop theater artists who are accomplished, committed, daring designers of costume, lighting, projection, set, and sound for the theater. The program encourages students to discover their own process of formulating design ideas, to develop a discriminating standard for their own endeavors, and above all to prepare for a creative and meaningful professional life in the broad range of theater activities.

The Design program is committed to dismantling racism by engaging in an ongoing examination of the policies and practices of the program and the profession in general in order to expose biases and systemic advantage/oppression where they exist and to build a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment through anti-racist practices.

 

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Current Students Receiving Need-Based Financial Aid for Living Expenses

More than $8,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2020–21.

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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.

SOUND DESIGN A Megumi Katayama (’19), Michael Costagliola (’18), and Frederick Kennedy (’18) Part 1 “It’s a very safe environment in which to learn to be a better collaborator.”

Student Perspectives

“It’s a very safe environment in which to learn to be a better collaborator.”

DESIGN A Ao Li (’18) and Brittany Bland (’19) “To see a project come from paper to real life is crucial.”

Student Perspectives

“To see a project come from paper to real life is crucial.”

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Program News

Montana Levi Blanco
Jun 12, 2022

Montana Levi Blanco (’15) Wins Tony Award

Blanco accepted the award for best costume design of a play for ‘The Skin of Our Teeth,’ directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (’12, Faculty).

Mar 17, 2022

Camilla Tassi ’22 Named 2022 Burry Fredrik Design Fellow

Foundation promotes the development of new work and the fiscal health of professional theaters in Connecticut.