Directing

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.

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Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

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

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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 Emma 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 Emma 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

Maestro
Dec 05, 2018

Donald T. Sanders (’69) to Direct Off-Boadway Premiere of ‘Maestro’

Maestro brings to life the story of conductor Arturo Toscanini, who bravely opposed Fascism in Italy and America.

Sara Holdren
Nov 19, 2018

Sara Holdren (’15) Named Artistic Director of Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford

The Academy combines rigorous training and ensemble collaboration to perform two Shakespeare plays at the American Festival Shakespeare Theater.