Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism

Students in this department receive intensive training to prepare for careers in three areas: to work in theaters as dramaturgs, artistic producers, literary managers, and in related positions; to work in theater publishing as critics and editors as well as in other capacities; to teach theater as practitioners, critics, and scholars. At the core of the training are seminars in literature, theory and criticism, and history to impart a comprehensive knowledge of theater and dramatic literature. Students are trained in topics in institutional dramaturgy, including the formulation of artistic policy and its communication and implementation, and as production dramaturgs, operating within the rehearsal process.

Upon completion of the M.F.A. program, students are eligible to register to remain in residence for one year in which they may formulate a dissertation proposal and apply to the Doctor of Fine Arts program. Upon acceptance, the student is expected to complete the dissertation within three years.

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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.

Taylor Barfield (’16, D.F.A. Candidate), Madeline Charne (’20), and Alex Vermillion (’20)

Student Perspectives

“This place can hold a lot.”

Taylor Barfield (’16, D.F.A. Candidate), Madeline Charne (’20), and Alex Vermillion (’20)

Student Perspectives

“Dramaturgy is three folds.”

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Department News

Eric M. Glover
Jun 10, 2020

ASTR Announces 2020 Election Results

Eric M. Glover (Faculty) is elected executive committee member of the American Society for Theater Research.

A Doll's House
May 20, 2020

International Online Theatre Festival Features A Doll’s House, Part 3

The piece was created by Michael Breslin (’19) and Patrick Foley (’18), in collaboration with Cat Rodríguez (’18) and Ariel Sibert (’18).