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 MFA 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 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.

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Department News

Ilana M. Brownstein
Jul 11, 2018

Ilana M. Brownstein (’02, D.F.A. ’06): Dramaturg’s Dramaturg

Brownstein is nothing if not thorough and deep, investigating everything. In this way, she is the consummate dramaturg.

Whitney Dibo
Jun 04, 2018

Whitney Dibo (’14) Named Theatre Scout for Anonymous Content

Dibo is charged with scouting theater productions to identify film and TV adaption candidates.