Design

The Design department seeks to develop exciting, thoughtful designers of scenery, costume, lighting, projection, and sound for the theater. What makes the Yale program unique is the integration of all areas of design. This approach provides students with the common ground of core knowledge of the field; and it emphasizes that in telling the human story for theater, all elements of design are an integral part of the whole and cannot be conceived independently. Through classes and production, the department encourages the discovery of process in formulating the design idea, development of personal critical standards for students’ own work, and preparation for a creative and meaningful professional life in the theater.

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Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

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

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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.

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.”

DESIGN B Krista Smith (’18) and Cole McCarty (’18) “The best critique, I find, is when it inspires you to be better.”

Student Perspectives

“The best critique, I find, is when it inspires you to be better.”

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Department News

Kim Powers, Roy Steinberg, Sally Mayes
Jul 26, 2019

Playwright Kim Powers (’84) Brings Together Yale School of Drama Alumni for ‘Sidekicked’

The new play is directed by Roy Steinberg (’78) and features costumes by Jess Goldstein (’78, Former Faculty).

Catherine Zuber
Jul 24, 2019

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Costume Designer Catherine Zuber (’84) Talks Bringing Glamour to Life

Zuber, 14-time Tony nominee, describes where she gets her inspiration in designing for the Moulin Rouge! musical.