David Geffen School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre require all students, technical interns, faculty, staff, and guest artists to follow Yale University's COVID vaccine policy, which strongly recommends vaccines. The Yale policy is subject to change pending changes to public health conditions. Additionally, community members will be asked to comply with any masking or testing policies set forth by the School, Yale Rep, or Yale University, should they arise.


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.



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

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


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.

Scenic Designer Anna Grigo ’22, Sound Designer Daniela Hart ’22, and Costume Designer Stephen Marks ’22 discuss their process bringing Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ’07 Choir Boy, directed by Christopher D. Betts ’22, to the Yale Rep stage.

Student Perspectives

Imaging Choir Boy Together: Designers Anna Grigo, Daniela Hart, and Stephen Marks

Director James L. Fleming (’23), Dramaturg Emma Bee Pernudi Moon (’23), and Designers David Anthony-Ken DeCarolis, Mike Winch, and Kim Zhou (’24) elaborate on collaborating on a production of Next to Normal during the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale 2022-23 production season.

Student Perspectives

Creating the Production Process for the Team with the Team

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Program News

Apr 03, 2024

Omid Akbari ’24 Named Burry Fredrik Design Fellow

The Burry Fredrik Foundation has announced scenic designer Omid Akbari as the recipient of the 2024 Burry Fredrik Design Fellowship and its $10,000 award.

Sheria Irving and Leland Fowler
Jan 18, 2024

Sheria Irving (’13) and Leland Fowler (’18) Cast in Sally & Tom at The Public Theater

Suzan-Lori Parks’s new play will also include work by Riccardo Hernández (’92, Co-chair of Design) and Alan C. Edwards (’11, faculty).