Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre train and advance leaders to raise the standards of global professional practice in every theatrical discipline, creating bold art that astonishes the mind, challenges the heart, and delights the senses.

Core Values


We nurture imagination and court inspiration through mastery of skills and techniques, to create fluent, authentic, original storytelling that illuminates the complexity of the human spirit and questions accepted wisdom.


High aspirations and profound dedication fuel our conservatory training and practice: we pursue excellence.


We champion the unique voice of each artist and strive for a collective vision of our goals; working in balance, we prize the contributions and accomplishments of the individual and of the team.


We wrestle with the most compelling issues of our time, to derive new understanding for the advancement of the human condition. Therefore, we foster curiosity, invention, bravery, and humor; we also risk and learn from failure, in order to promote practical innovation and personal revelation as lifelong habits.


We joyfully embrace the differences that enrich our society and enhance our artistry, as a means to approach and comprehend our humanity.


We treasure the ethical and animating exchange of ideas and spirit with each other, as well as with the audience, the field, and the world.


Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre together are a unique conservatory for theatre training within the University. In each discipline of the School of Drama the aesthetic sensibility is translated into the language of the stage. The application of theory to professional practice is a central tenet at the School of Drama, enhanced in scope by the integration of the School with Yale Repertory Theatre in a relationship analogous to that of a medical school and a teaching hospital. Graduates of the School of Drama apply their training to careers in professional theatre, opera, dance, film, television and other media, as well as in teaching, scholarship, philanthropy, public policy, and other fields.