Playwriting

Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting department is one of the oldest in the country. Its deep history and legacy can only be strengthened by continuing to stay at the forefront in readying early career playwrights toward leadership in our field. The program seeks to engage artists who possess singular voices and who can, with their command of language, set forth imaginative circumstances that entice audiences and challenge current forms. We are interested in students who are eager to learn and grow within a community of fellow artists, with many of whom they will form lifelong bonds.

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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.

PLAYWRITING A Majkin Holmquist (‘18), Josh Wilder (’18), and Genne Murphy (’18) Part 1 “I get to constantly see my work on its feet.”

Student Perspectives

“I get to constantly see my work on its feet.”

PLAYWRITING B Majkin Holmquist (‘18), Josh Wilder (’18), and Genne Murphy (’18) Part 2 “You start to build a body of work while you’re here. You’re always writing.”

Student Perspectives

“You start to build a body of work while you’re here. You’re always writing.”

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Department News

Lindsey Ferrentino
Mar 16, 2021

Lindsey Ferrentino (’16) To Adapt ‘Amy and the Orphans’ for Netflix

Ferrentino’s play about a woman with Down Syndrome and her siblings was developed during the 2016 Carlotta Festival of New Plays.

Alena Smith
Feb 25, 2021

‘Dickinson’ Showrunner Alena Smith (’06) Embraces Subversion

In a writers’ room that includes Lynn Nottage (’89, Former Faculty), Smith’s Peabody-winning vision invites excitement and collaboration.