Directing

The Directing program admits talented and disciplined artists who have demonstrated the potential to become professional directors.  Each year, three directors are admitted to the program on the basis of demonstrated artistic ability and capacity for collaborative leadership. They bring to the School a wide range of sensibilities, but share some crucial qualities. They are generators of ideas and projects. They have lively imaginations, an appetite for hard questions, and a robust curiosity about, and respect for, the world beyond their own cultural borders. They are not afraid to take risks, and they take responsibility for the philosophical and political implications of their work. Above all, they have a deep respect for the colleagues with whom they work and are eager, in coming to David Geffen School of Drama, to contribute to a mutually supportive community of fellow learners. Our goal is to train directors whose future work will advance human understanding and compassion through the infinitely expressive interplay of image, action, and word unique to our art form. Our graduates go on to play significant roles in communities around the world as directors of theater, opera, television, and film; as founders of opera and theater companies; as artistic directors of theaters and community arts organizations; and as arts educators.

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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.

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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Program News

Lileana Blain-Cruz
Sep 27, 2021

Lileana Blain-Cruz (’12, Faculty) Will Direct THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH

The Broadway revival includes designs by Montana Levi-Blanco (’15), Yi Zhao (’12), Adam Rigg, Palmer Hefferan, and Hannah Wasilwski (’13).

May Adrales
Sep 10, 2021

May Adrales (’06) Receives Andrew R. Ammerman Directing Award

The award honors a director who has distinguished herself through her artistry and vision.