Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism

Plan of Study

Students in the Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism 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, criticism, and history offered by the program’s faculty. These may be supplemented by courses taught elsewhere in the University if approved by students’ advisers. The aim is to impart a comprehensive knowledge of theater and dramatic literature—a knowledge necessary to the dramaturg, the writer and editor, and the teacher. Regarding the latter, while it cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to give qualified students teaching experience within the University.

For course descriptions, electives, and additional information, please view the David Geffen School of Drama Bulletin.

Class of 2024

Year Two (2021-2022)

DRAM 3a/b - Toward Anti-Racist Theater Practice: Tanisha Christie
DRAM 6a/b - Survey of Theater and Drama‡: Paul Walsh, Drew Lichtenberg, and faculty
DRAM 50a - Theatrical Event: Liz Diamond, Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 96b - Models of Dramaturgy: The Fixed Text: Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 166a/b - Criticism Workshop: Hilton Als, Eric M. Glover, Katherine Profeta, Marc Robinson, Thomas Sellar, Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 246a - Translation*: Paul Walsh
DRAM 316a - Topics in Performance Theory II: Critical Race Theory†: Eric M. Glover, Chantal Rodriguez
DRAM 346a/b - Literary Office Practicum: Amy Boratko, Chantal Rodriguez, Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 396a/b - Dramaturgy Practicum: Catherine Sheehy and faculty
DRAM 466b - Research Methodologies*: Kimberly Jannarone
DRAM 476a/b - Hot Topics: Catherine Sheehy, Kimberly Jannarone, Katherine Profeta
DRAM 616b - Adaptation: Catherine Sheehy, Jill Rachel Morris
DRAM 863a - Authentic Collaboration: Ben Krywosz

At least three elective courses and two modules after consultation with adviser†
At least one production dramaturgy assignment

Year Three (2022-2023)

DRAM 166a/b - Criticism Workshop: Hilton Als, Eric M. Glover, Katherine Profeta, Marc Robinson, Thomas Sellar, Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 326a - Topics in Performance Theory III†
DRAM 336a/b - Comprehensive Examinations: Catherine Sheehy and faculty
DRAM 396a/b - Dramaturgy Practicum: Catherine Sheehy and faculty
DRAM 466a - Research Methodologies*: Kimberly Jannarone
DRAM 476a/b - Hot Topics: Catherine Sheehy, Kimberly Jannarone, Katherine Profeta

At least three elective courses and two modules after consultation with adviser†
At least one production dramaturgy assignment

Year Four (2023-2024)

DRAM 46a/b - Special Research Project: Thomas Sellar and faculty
DRAM 346a/b - Literary Office Practicum: Amy Boratko, Chantal Rodriguez, Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 396a/b - Dramaturgy Practicum: Catherine Sheehy and faculty
DRAM 476a/b - Hot Topics: Catherine Sheehy, Kimberly Jannarone, Katherine Profeta

At least one production dramaturgy assignment

*Translation (DRAM 246a) and Research Methodologies (DRAM 466b) are not offered every year. When they are offered, all dramaturgs who have not taken these courses previously are enrolled in them.
†In any term in which Topics in Performance Theory (DRAM 306, DRAM 316, DRAM 326) is required, the number of electives is reduced.
‡Dramaturgy students will be required to take the Survey of Theater and Drama (DRAM 6a/b) course in their second year. Those with extraordinary background in the subject matter may request permission of the instructor and the program chair to take the exemption exam.

Class of 2023

Year Three (2021-2022)

DRAM 3a/b - Toward Anti-Racist Theater Practice: Tanisha Christie
DRAM 166a/b - Criticism Workshop: Hilton Als, Eric M. Glover, Katherine Profeta, Marc Robinson, Thomas Sellar, Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 246a - Translation*: Paul Walsh
DRAM 316a - Topics in Performance Theory II: Critical Race Theory†: Eric M. Glover, Chantal Rodriguez
DRAM 336a/b - Comprehensive Examinations: Catherine Sheehy and faculty
DRAM 396a/b - Dramaturgy Practicum: Catherine Sheehy and faculty
DRAM 476a/b - Hot Topics: Catherine Sheehy, Kimberly Jannarone, Katherine Profeta

At least three elective courses and two modules after consultation with adviser†
At least one production dramaturgy assignment

Year Four (2022-2023)

DRAM 46a/b - Special Research Project: Thomas Sellar and faculty
DRAM 346a/b - Literary Office Practicum: Amy Boratko, Chantal Rodriguez, Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 396a/b - Dramaturgy Practicum: Catherine Sheehy and faculty
DRAM 476a/b - Hot Topics: Catherine Sheehy, Kimberly Jannarone, Katherine Profeta

At least one production dramaturgy assignment

*Translation (DRAM 246a) and Research Methodologies (DRAM 466b) are not offered every year. When they are offered, all dramaturgs who have not taken these courses previously are enrolled in them.
†In any term in which Topics in Performance Theory (DRAM 306, DRAM 316, DRAM 326) is required, the number of electives is reduced.

Class of 2022

Year Four (2021-2022)

DRAM 3a/b - Toward Anti-Racist Theater Practice: Tanisha Christie
DRAM 46a/b - Special Research Project: Thomas Sellar and faculty
DRAM 346a/b - Literary Office Practicum: Amy Boratko, Chantal Rodriguez, Catherine Sheehy
DRAM 396a/b - Dramaturgy Practicum: Catherine Sheehy and faculty
DRAM 476a/b - Hot Topics: Catherine Sheehy, Kimberly Jannarone, Katherine Profeta

At least one production dramaturgy assignment

Additional Courses

Students may elect to take appropriate graduate courses in other schools and departments at Yale, subject to permission of the instructor, scheduling limitations, and the approval of the faculty adviser.