The Directing department’s entire aim is the education of the director as creative artist and leader. To that end we admit individuals who bring to the School of Drama a wide range of sensibilities, but who share some crucial qualities. They are generators of ideas and projects. They are not afraid to take risks, and they take responsibility for the philosophical and political implications of their work. Above all, they have lively imaginations, an appetite for hard questions, and a robust curiosity about the world beyond their own cultural borders. In our course and production work, emphasis is placed on developing the director’s unique artistic imagination and mastery of collaborative leadership. We want our directors to leave Yale School of Drama able to make theatre that reveals our world to us in surprising ways, that opens hearts and minds through the infinitely expressive interplay of image, action, and word unique to our art form.


Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2018-19.


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.

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Department News

Kate Tarker and Lileana Blain-Cruz
Sep 11, 2018

Kate Tarker (’14) takes ‘Thunderbodies’ to Soho Rep

The play, which premiered during the 2014 Carlotta Festival of New Plays, will be directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (’11).

Make Believe
Aug 27, 2018

Jackson Gay (’02) Directs New Play by Bess Wohl (’02) at Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage is opening its season with Wohl’s new play about latchkey kids of the ‘80s and what they’re like when they grow up.