Since 1925, our diverse community has been privileged to teach, learn, question, and create on a campus at the heart of one of the world’s leading universities, supported by the extraordinary philanthropy of its alumni and friends. Evolving into the largest and most comprehensive graduate theater conservatory in the English-speaking world—the only one offering instruction in every discipline of the art form—the School of Drama offers an abundant array of opportunities to interrogate and model artistic and managerial practice, on a path toward greater mastery.
The singular partnership of the School with Yale Repertory Theatre promotes the translation of diverse aesthetic sensibilities into the language of the stage, with a particular emphasis on playwriting and the collaborative interpretation of new and extant texts. The application of theory to practice is a central tenet of training here, and the integration of the School with Yale Rep—where students regularly serve in professional positions of significant responsibility—forges a relationship analogous to that of a medical school and a teaching hospital.
But the results are not inherently prescriptive; rather, ours is a multigenerational project in which robust creativity and respectful critique are valued both intrinsically in real time, and as habits of mind and body to be refined in a variety of lifelong pursuits. Graduates of the School of Drama apply their training to careers in professional theater, opera, dance, film, television, radio, and other media, as well as in teaching, scholarship, philanthropy, public policy, and less obvious fields too numerous to mention.
As is true of any school or theater, the most consequential decisions we make are these: who comes here to teach, who comes here to learn, and who comes here to work. In every case, we inclusively recruit those who are leading practitioners and those who show potential for leadership, and provide them with resources to energize their bravest and most responsible choices in the classroom, studio, rehearsal hall, onstage, in the field, and in the wider world.
This bulletin is the single best written introduction to our work that we can offer you. It is designed to reflect key premises of our training and practice, including the entire curriculum and most significant policies of the School of Drama and Yale University: it both describes the social compact we share and sheds light on some resources available to us all. If you love the theater, I can guarantee that reading this will encourage some new thinking on your part, because the bulletin changes every year, as do our ideas of what best practices are.
Still, in an introductory document, we cannot presume to capture the breadth and possible influence on you of offerings here in Greater New Haven, including courses and programs at the other world-class graduate and professional schools and in Yale College; the cultural communities, institutions, restaurants, and shops; and the natural beauty of New England and its shoreline, in every season of the year.
So we outline here what you might experience when you come to visit, and especially should you come to teach, learn, or work at Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre. And whenever and however you do come, we look forward to welcoming you not just electronically, but in person, and in the unique fellowship of the theater.
Dean and Professor of Drama, Yale School of Drama
Artistic Director, Yale Repertory Theatre