Yale School of Drama

  • Yale School of Drama: Red Nose Workshop

  • Yale School of Drama: Kinetic Exercise

  • Yale School of Drama: Scene Rehearsal

  • Yale School of Drama: Improvisation

Yale School of Drama/The Future of Our Theater

“It has been an amazing experience at Yale. I’m surrounded by what has to be the best acting faculty in the country. It’s a great place to be an artist. In my two years I have been in thrilling productions including “Romeo and Juliet”, “Twelfth Night”, “Platonov”, two new plays, and I even had my directing debut at the Yale cabaret. They keep us busy, and I’m thankful for it.”
— Scholarship recipient Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

In conjunction with the Tony Award-winning Yale Repertory Theatre, the Yale School of Drama offers graduate level professional conservatory training in every aspect of the theatrical arts. Yale graduates are among the most successful and sought after stage professionals in the world. Each year, the Jerome L. Greene Endowment Fund, established in 2007, covers full tuition, living expenses and medical insurance for four outstanding third year MFA candidates so that they may fully concentrate on learning their craft. Notable actors who trained at the school  include Julie Harris, Stacey Keach, Paul Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Tony Shalhoub, Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett and Sigourney Weaver, among many others.

Yale University founded a Department of Drama in the School of Fine Arts in 1924.  In 1955, the department was organized as a separate professional school, YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA, offering degrees of Master of Fine Arts, Doctor of Fine Arts and Certificate of Drama.  The Yale Repertory Theater was established in 1966, creating a complementary relationship between the conservatory and professional practice.