Yale School of Drama offers graduate training programs in every theatrical discipline. This web site includes information on the School of Drama's mission and objectives, history, faculty and staff, performance schedule, and application procedures. You may also request a copy of our current admissions brochure or click here to read the admissions brochure.
Please be sure to visit the pages for our various areas of study (listed on the left), as well as the VIDEO introductions from the Dean James Bundy and department chairs. We hope you’ll consider joining us in New Haven for one of our Visitor Days to be scheduled this fall. A campus visit affords you the opportunity to get to know us and learn more about the programs of study and life at Yale School of Drama. Please view the Visitor Day information page to view a schedule of events.
Yale School of Drama is home to six student-run Affinity Groups. Each group aims to empower coalition-building and networking among members of the community who share common interests, goals, and/or a self-identified background. Affinity Groups meet regularly throughout the academic year and produce/co-produce activities that range from community dinners and group trips to invited guest speakers, staged readings, and full productions in the Yale Cabaret.
The Bulletin of Yale School of Drama is published annually under the editorial purview of the Secretary of the University. The Bulletin of Yale School of Drama includes an academic calendar, a faculty list, official details on programs of study, course descriptions, degree and major requirements, costs and financial aid, and additional School of Drama regulations.
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Degrees and Certificates
Master of Fine Arts
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree is conferred by the President and Fellows of Yale University on students holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited college who complete with distinction any of the programs of study outlined and who exhibit excellence in their professional practice. Three years in residence is the time required for this work; on rare occasions the faculty of Yale School of Drama may reduce the residency requirement, but in no case below a minimum of two years. The M.F.A. is awarded in the following areas of study: Acting, Design, Sound Design, Directing, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Playwriting, Stage Management, Technical Design and Production, and Theater Management.
Doctor of Fine Arts
The Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) degree is conferred by the President and Fellows of Yale University on students who hold the M.F.A. degree in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama, and who have completed the M.F.A. qualifying comprehensive examinations, and have written a dissertation of distinction whose subject has been approved by the D.F.A. committee. This committee comprises the full-time faculty of the Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism department.
Certificate in Drama
The Certificate in Drama is conferred by the President and Fellows of Yale University on students who do not hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college, but who complete with distinction the three-year program in Acting, Design, Sound Design, Directing, Playwriting, Stage Management, or Technical Design and Production. The Certificate in Drama is subject to the same training as that of the M.F.A. degree. Upon written request the certificate will be converted to an M.F.A. degree, if a student later satisfactorily completes an accredited bachelor's degree.
Technical Internship Certificate
The Technical Internship Certificate is awarded by Yale School of Drama to students who complete with distinction the one-year internship program of the Technical Design and Production department. This program provides training for those seeking to become professional scenic carpenters, sound engineers, projection engineers, properties masters, scenic artists, costumers, or master electricians.
Students are prepared in the particular disciplines for which they were admitted. Each department in Yale School of Drama has a sequential series of courses unique to its discipline and designed to develop an advanced understanding of the student's program of study and the art of the theatre.
Production activity is central to the training of all departments, featuring more than forty productions staged at Yale School of Drama, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Yale Cabaret each season. The School of Drama production calendar is the most extensive of any theatre training program in the United States. These productions afford ample opportunities to present student work to the faculty so that they can evaluate the progress of the student from the classroom to the stage.
Yale School of Drama Productions
Yale School of Drama presents six plays in productions for which tickets are sold to the general public. Three of these are selected in consultation with the Directing department; three are new plays from the Playwriting department, produced in repertory in the spring term in the Carlotta Festival of New Plays. Additional productions within the School of Drama include the Shakespeare Repertory Projects, new plays from the Playwriting department, and projects selected by the chair of the Acting department.
Yale Repertory Theatre serves as a teaching theatre—both an exemplar and laboratory of professional practice—for Yale School of Drama. Each department has established a unique relationship with Yale Rep and challenges students to work at the level of this distinguished professional company. Yale Rep is a member of the League of Resident Theatres and draws talent from around the world. In addition to offering mainstage productions and special presentations, Yale Rep connects to the community through outreach programs including the Dwight/Edgewood Project and WILLPOWER!
Yale Cabaret provides an extracurricular outlet for exploration of a wide range of material. With its own student artistic and management leadership, reporting to a board of directors comprising students and faculty, the Cabaret presents work that is entirely student-produced. It is the only area of production at Yale School of Drama where students regularly move out of their primary discipline of study: actors direct, managers act, and playwrights sing. During the summer, Yale Summer Cabaret is the exploratory theatrical home for Yale School of Drama students. Like Yale Cabaret, it is student-run and interdisciplinary. Each season, a new artistic and management team has the opportunity to shape the theater's vision, while collaborating with a board of directors, local donors, and the greater New Haven Community.
Photo Credit: Chalia LaTour (’16), Celeste Arias (’15), and Christopher Ghaffari (’16) in This Flat Earth by Lindsey Ferrentino (’16), Yale School of Drama, 2014.