Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism

Doctor of Fine Arts Degree

Upon completion of the Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism department requirements for an M.F.A. degree and graduation from Yale School of Drama, a student is eligible to register to remain in residence for the proposal year to apply to the Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) program. Acceptance into the D.F.A. program is not to be considered an entitlement and is based not only on the merits of the proposal, but also on the faculty’s assessment of the student’s performance and progress in the M.F.A. program.

Application Requirements
Candidates must submit their proposals by January 10, 2019, for review by the D.F.A. Committee. The proposal must conform to departmental guidelines and designate first and second readers. If either reader comes from outside the department, the proposal must include a letter from the reader acknowledging a willingness to advise the dissertation. It is understood that, except in extraordinary circumstances, if the student’s proposed dissertation can be read by a member of the full-time faculty, that faculty member will be considered the first reader. Upon review, the committee may approve, reject, or recommend changes to the proposal. If changes are recommended, the student has until April 1, 2019, to resubmit the proposal in order to obtain the committee’s approval. If the proposal has not been sufficiently revised at that time, it will be finally rejected.
Plan of Study
A student holding an M.F.A. degree from Yale School of Drama has two years after graduation to apply to and be accepted into the D.F.A. program. Upon acceptance of the proposal by the D.F.A. Committee, the student is expected to complete the dissertation within three years, working in close consultation with the first reader. If necessary, and so long as the student is able to demonstrate progress, an extension may be granted upon a written request.

After the D.F.A. Committee’s final approval of the dissertation, two bound copies must be delivered to the chair of the Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism six weeks prior to the date on which the student expects to graduate. The dissertation proposal guidelines contain complete details and stipulations for obtaining the degree and are available through the department.

The D.F.A. candidate may elect to register as a full-time student in residence to pursue work on the dissertation. The tuition fee for this status is $1,000 per year in residence and entitles candidates to use libraries and related facilities, to audit courses related to their research, to Yale Health Basic Coverage, and to eligibility for tickets to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre productions.

In the first five years of residency, D.F.A. candidates receive a fellowship to cover tuition and Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Coverage. Students enrolled in the D.F.A. program are eligible to apply for one of three departmental writing fellowships, a Yale Rep artistic associate fellowship, a Knowledge Database fellowship, a Theater magazine fellowship, or teaching assistantships. These fellowships are awarded based on suitability and other factors, such as additional opportunities for support, pedagogical enrichment, and demand in the department. The Theater magazine, artistic associate, and Knowledge Database fellowships are yearlong; the rest are for the academic year only. As a result, fellowship awards offer differing financial support. More information is available from the financial aid office.
Chapter Conferences
Each year all D.F.A. students are expected to attend a chapter conference at the School of Drama; here they will offer a twenty-minute presentation about their latest research and writing. These chapter conferences will be held at the end of both the fall and spring terms. In consultation with their advisers, students may choose at which conference they would like to present.
Meet Our Current Students

D.F.A. Candidates

David Bruin
Taylor Barfield
Lauren Dubowski
Maria Inês Evangelista de Oliveira Marques
Helen Jaksch
Ilya Khodosh
Samantha Lazar
Dana Tanner-Kennedy
Nahuel Telleria
Gavin Whitehead
 

D.F.A. Proposal Candidates

Charles O'Malley
Kari Olmon
Catherine Rodríguez
Ariel Sibert