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.

DRAMATURGY A Maria Inêz Marquez (’17, D.F.A. Candidate), Catherine María Rodríguez (’18), and Chad Kinsman (’18) Part 1 “Help me marry my experience with what I want to do in the future.”

Student Perspectives

“Help me marry my experience with what I want to do in the future.”

DRAMATURGY B Maria Inêz Marquez (’17, D.F.A. Candidate), Catherine María Rodríguez (’18), and Chad Kinsman (’18) Part 2 “Pushing us to look further, look deeper.”

Student Perspectives

“Pushing us to look further, look deeper.”

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Department News

Katherine Profeta
Apr 26, 2019

Katherine Profeta (Faculty) Discusses Fusion of Dramaturgy and Choreography

“It changed my method,” choreographer Ralph Lemon says of Profeta’s influence. “It helps me keep my process expansive, and keep it really wide.”

Christie Evangelisto ('03)
Feb 26, 2019

Christie Evangelisto (’03) Joins Artistic Staff At Second Stage Theater

Evangelisto and Bennett Leak have been named Associate Artistic Directors at Second Stage.