Victoria Nolan

Deputy Dean School of Drama; Managing Director Yale Repertory Theatre, & Professor in the Practice of Theater Management


Victoria Nolan, Professor in the Practice of Theater Management, is Deputy Dean of Yale School of Drama and has been Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre since 1993. She previously led Indiana Repertory Theatre as Managing Director from 1988 to 1993 and served ten years at Baltimore’s Center Stage which began in 1978 when she was a national fellow in performing arts management funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Exxon Corporation, and the William Donner Foundation. Her final position at Center Stage was Associate Managing Director which she held for seven years. In the field of dance, she worked at T.A.G. Foundation producing Off-Broadway modern dance festivals in New York City; and at Ram Island Dance Company in Portland, Maine, where she was Managing Director.

She provided on-site evaluations for the NEA for more than ten years and has served on national panels and foundation review boards including AT&T Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, Metropolitan Life Foundation, and the NEA. She consults in strategic planning, institutional assessment, executive searches, and board development for both academic and arts organizations.

For nine years she served on the Board of Theatre Communications Group in New York, where she was Treasurer for five years. She has joined many negotiating teams for national labor contracts, most recently the 2012-2017 League of Resident Theatres negotiation with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She is a recipient of the Elm/Ivy Award given jointly by Yale University and the City of New Haven for distinguished service to the community and the Betsy L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Award from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.