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

Alex Lubischer
Aug 14, 2019

Alex Lubischer (’19) Joins Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit

The residency, partnered with Chicago Dramatists, culminates in a public staged reading of each of the four writer’s new plays in Summer 2020.

Kim Powers, Roy Steinberg, Sally Mayes
Jul 26, 2019

Playwright Kim Powers (’84) Brings Together Yale School of Drama Alumni for ‘Sidekicked’

The new play is directed by Roy Steinberg (’78) and features costumes by Jess Goldstein (’78, Former Faculty).