Shaminda Amarakoon

Associate Professor of Technical Design and Production, & Chair of the Technical Design and Production Department, & Director of Production

SHAMINDA AMARAKOON was recently appointed Chair of the Technical Design and Production Program and Director of Production for Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theater. Before that, he was at Second Stage Theatre in NYC as Production Manager, coordinating the execution of all design elements and consulting on the renovation of their new Broadway house, the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Prior to joining Second Stage, he worked for various Broadway, off-Broadway, and national tours through Tech Production Services and then Lincoln Center Theater. Since 2013, he has been a Lecturer at Yale School of Drama, within the TD&P program, teaching production management. He has also worked as a carpenter, technical director, project manager, and in production management at: Yale Repertory Theater, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Auburn, NY), Shakespeare Theater Company (Washington, DC), Center Theater Group (Los Angeles, CA), and Show Motion (Milford, CT).

Regional credits include: Jersey Boys (National and Asian tours), Rock of Ages (Las Vegas), Seminar (Los Angeles). Off-Broadway credits include: Notes from the Field (starring Anna Deavere Smith, Second Stage), Dada Woof Papa Hot (Lincoln Center Theater), Preludes (Lincoln Center Theater). Broadway credits include: The Heiress, Ann, Lucky Guy (starring Tom Hanks), Rocky, The King and I. Special Events include: YouTube Brandcast 2014 (Madison Square Garden). He earned his BA at Alfred University and MFA at Yale School of Drama.