Playwriting

Yale University requires all students, other than those with approved medical or religious exemptions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have obtained a booster shot. According to University policy, vaccine exempt individuals must wear a mask at all times and maintain a six-foot social distance from others both indoors and outdoors, in addition to twice weekly testing. Theatrical production activity is central to the training in all programs at David Geffen School of Drama. Production work at the School and Yale Repertory Theatre requires everyone taking part to be vaccinated and boosted because we cannot guarantee that the production environment will support the ability to socially distance throughout rehearsals, tech and performances. Additionally, there are many in-class activities where a six-foot distance from faculty and other students cannot be accommodated. Therefore, we are not able to offer candidates who are not fully vaccinated and boosted admission to our programs. If you receive an offer to attend the School you will therefore need to attest to being fully vaccinated and having received a booster, and ultimately show proof of full vaccination and booster as authorized by the World Health Organization and Food and Drug Administration in accordance with Yale's COVID-19 guidelines. 

 

David Geffen 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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All students in degree and certificate programs receive full tuition scholarships.

67% of current students receive need-based aid for living expenses.

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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.

Not What You Expected: Actor Tyler Cruz, Playwright Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel, Theater Manager Jacob Santos, and Actor Jackeline Torres Cortés

Student Perspectives

Not What You Expected: Actor Tyler Cruz, Playwright Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel, Theater Manager Jacob Santos, and Actor Jackeline Torres Cortés

An Artist-Centered Summer Cabaret: Actor Tyler Cruz, Playwright Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel, Theater Manager Jacob Santos, and Actor Jackeline Torres Cortés

Student Perspectives

An Artist-Centered Summer Cabaret: Actor Tyler Cruz, Playwright Esperanza Rosales Balcárcel, Theater Manager Jacob Santos, and Actor Jackeline Torres Cortés

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Program News

Martyna Majok
Oct 23, 2022

Martyna Majok (’12) on Hoping for Magic, and Wishing for Ghosts

Majok’s Pulitzer-winning “Cost of Living” is now on Broadway, talks about “the precarity of life” and our inherent need to be taken care of.

Christina Anderson
Sep 27, 2022

Christina Anderson (’11) Awarded 2022 Horton Foote Prize

The biennial prize recognizing excellence in American theater will be awarded to Anderson for “the ripple, the wave that carried me home.”