Directing

The Directing department admits talented and disciplined individuals with demonstrated potential to become professional directors. Directing students bring to Yale School of Drama a wide range of sensibilities, but share some crucial qualities. They are generators of ideas and projects, are not afraid to take risks, and take responsibility for the philosophical and political implications of their work. They have lively imaginations, an appetite for hard questions, and a robust curiosity about the world beyond their own cultural borders. We seek students who wish to challenge themselves in a rigorous, interdisciplinary learning environment. In seminars, labs, and production work, emphasis is placed on developing the director’s craft, artistic imagination, critical intelligence, and empathic leadership. Our goal is to train directors as collaborative artistic leaders, whose work will advance human understanding through the infinitely expressive interplay of image, action, and word unique to our art form.

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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.

DIRECTING A Jecamiah M. Ybañez (’19), Shadi Ghaheri (’18), and Em Weinstein (’19) Part 1 “A common language to tell the stories that I care to tell.”

Student Perspectives

“A common language to tell the stories that I care to tell.”

DIRECTING B Jecamiah M. Ybañez (’19), Shadi Ghaheri (’18), and Em Weinstein (’19) Part 2 “The people in the room with you are diverse people from all over the world.”

Student Perspectives

“The people in the room with you are diverse people from all over the world.”

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Department News

Read to Me
Oct 18, 2019

‘Read to Me’ by Brendan Pelsue (’16) premieres at Portland Stage Company

The play will be directed by Rory Pelsue (’18) and features costume design by Cole McCarty (’18) and sound by Kathy Ruvuna (’19).

Annie Dorsen ('00)
Sep 25, 2019

Director Annie Dorsen (’00) Awarded MacArthur Fellowship for ‘Algorithmic Theater’

The foundation awards grants to individuals with a “track record of significant achievement and manifest promise for important future advances.”