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

Shadi Ghaheri ('18)
Apr 15, 2019

Shadi Ghaheri (’18) to Co-Curate Independent Contemporary Iranian Artists Festival

The first Emruz Festival aims to illuminate the daring works of emerging international Iranian Artists.

Kevin Hourigan ('17)
Apr 12, 2019

Kevin Hourigan’s ‘Streetcar’ to Feature First Genderqueer Blanche DuBois

Hourigan (’17) will direct the groundbreaking limited-run production of A Streetcar Named Desire May 7 – 25 at MISTER ROGERS in Brooklyn.