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

Dramaturg Jisun Kim ’22, Technical Director Dani Mader ’22, Costume Designer David Mitsch ’22, Sound Designer Noel Nichols ’22, and Stage Manager Kevin Jinghong Zhu ’22 about their experiences bringing an authentic Hawai‘i to the Yale Rep stage for Today is My Birthday by Susan Soon He Stanton ’10, directed by Mina Morita.

Student Perspectives

Creating a Real Hawai‘i: Dramaturg Jisun Kim; Designers Dani Mader, David Mitsch, and Noel Nichols; and Stage Manager Kevin Jinghong Zhu

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Program News

Aug 30, 2023

Jill BC Du Boff and Mikah Berky Join Design Faculty

Du Boff is now Head of Sound, and Berky will begin Scenic Charge duties at Yale Rep this fall.

Marcelo Martínez García
Apr 25, 2023

Marcelo Martínez Garcia ’23 named 2023 Burry Fredrik Design Fellow

The scenic designer receives $10,000 grant.