Design

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

Toni-Leslie James
Oct 13, 2021

Toni-Leslie James to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

Our Co-Chair of Design will receive a Ming Cho Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design at the 57th annual Henry Hewes Design Awards.

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Sep 27, 2021

Congratulations to Tony-Winning Alumni!

Actors Andrew Burnap (’16) and David Alan Grier (’81), and designers Derek McLane (’84) and Catherine Zuber (’84) won in their categories.