Technical Design and Production
Internship Application Information
We welcome interested applicants to reach out for an informal conversation at any point with the chair or one of the other faculty. You can be thinking of applying this year or in the future. The faculty are also happy to give resume feedback before you apply.
Applicants submit a one-page statement of purpose, resume, and one letter of recommendation through the online application portal. See below for details on each. No portfolio is needed at this time. The application deadline is November 22, 2023.
Since 2019, the GRE is no longer required and will not be considered if submitted as part of the application.
The application fee is $50. To request a fee waiver for the application, please download and submit an Application Fee Waiver Form. All fee waiver applications must be completed, signed/notarized, and an original copy received by the Admissions Office ten (10) business days prior to your program deadline. For TD&P, the deadline for submitting an Application Fee Waiver Form is November 13.
After an initial review of applications, a select group of candidates will be scheduled to interview with the faculty of TD&P via Zoom. Candidates will be notified in early December, and interviews will be scheduled between December 4 to December 15.
After the round of Zoom interviews, a select group of finalists will be invited to travel to New Haven to interview on campus. Candidates will be notified in early January whether they have been invited to the final round.
On-campus interviews will be scheduled starting mid-January and continue through the end of February. Ahead of their on-campus interviews, finalists will need to submit 2 additional letters of recommendation, their transcript, and a portfolio via the online application portal. These additional materials will be due by January 15.
The on-site interview usually includes meetings with several faculty and staff members, a tour of David Geffen School of Drama's campus, opportunities to meet current students, observe class, see a performance if available, and a portfolio review.
For any applicants wishing to apply for financial aid, the application is due by February 15, 2024: Please refer to Financial Aid Policy and Procedures.
If you are invited to interview in December, it will be via the Zoom platform. Once your interview time is determined, you will receive a Zoom link by email. At the time of the appointment, you click the link to join the conversation. You can choose to join using audio and video or just audio.
If you are invited to an on-campus interview in January/February in New Haven, the David Geffen School of Drama will reimburse a portion of your travel expenses, including mileage, meals, air travel, hotel, train, or taxi/rideshare. Exact reimbursement limits will be conveyed to you during interview coordination. For international applicants, best efforts will be made to reimburse most of these expenses but due to some laws and policies, full reimbursement may not be possible.
Alternate arrangements for on-campus interviews, including via Zoom, can be made for international applicants, or for applicants who are unable to travel during the on-campus interview period.
Statement of Purpose
In one page, the statement of purpose should describe your career goals and cite specific aspects of how our mission, curriculum, and professional work assignment, can help you in your career. Essentially, why Yale? And why now? The Statement of Purpose is due November 22.
In one to two pages, the resume should include your professional or academic experience, education, and relevant skills. Brief descriptions of each role listed, including responsibilities and scope, are recommended. The faculty are also happy to give resume feedback before you apply. The Resume is due November 22.
Letters of Recommendation
As a part of the November 22nd deadline, we require applicants to have one reference letter via the online application portal. Applicants will be asked to submit contact information for the letter writer, who will receive a link to submit the reference on the applicant’s behalf.
If you are invited to interview in New Haven in January, you will be asked to supply one additional reference letter by January 15, via the same process as above.
All references will be sent a link to follow and instructed to write a letter asking for their "appraisal of the applicant on the basis of their past performance in a professional and/or academic setting, your perception of their talent, experience, potential for a career in theatre, commitment to their craft, and how the applicant can benefit from a concentrated or intensive training program."
If you are invited to interview in New Haven in January, you will need to supply a transcript from any prior undergraduate educational experience, even if you didn’t graduate. A transcript is proof of education. It has a detailed record of all the subjects you have studied with your scores in the form of marks or grades given by the institution of study. The transcript will be due January 15 via the online application portal.
For portfolio guidance for each discipline, please see the Internship Program Information page.
The TD&P program, like the rest of David Geffen School of Drama, gladly welcomes International students into the program each year. To be eligible, the application materials you submit must be in English, and you must demonstrate proficiency in English during your interview. If English is not your first language, we require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT, under the following guidelines:
- Must be taken by January 15, 2024
- IELTS scores are accepted
- School code: 3988
If you are invited to interview in New Haven in January, alternate arrangements for on-campus interviews, including via Zoom, can be made for international applicants who are unable to travel during the on-campus period.
We welcome interested applicants to reach out for an informal conversation at any point with the chair, one of the other faculty, or a current student. You can be thinking of applying this year or in the future. The faculty are also happy to give resume feedback before you apply. You are welcome to visit the campus at any time for a tour, observe classes, and have lunch or coffee with a student.
Upcoming Information Sessions
- DGSD Visitor’s Day - October 27, 2023, New Haven, CT
- Virtual TD&P Open House - November 4, 2023, 10:00am, International Student Centered
- Virtual TD&P Open House - November 4, 2023, 2:00pm
- USITT Annual Conference, Seattle - March 20–23, 2024
For additional information, we suggest visiting the FAQs.