David Geffen School of Drama at Yale
In conjunction with the Tony Award-winning Yale Repertory Theatre, the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale 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 five 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, recently renamed the DAVID GEFFEN SCHOOL OF DRAMA at YALE, 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.