David Geffen School of Drama students perform on stage

David Geffen School of Drama

Spotlight on the Future of Theater

Artistry, belonging, collaboration, and discovery—these are the core values that drive David Geffen School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre. Your giving sustains our students, empowers our faculty, inspires artists, and supports creative new work. Together we give voice to the stories and perspectives shaping theater around the world.

Setting the Stage

The school’s next challenge is to address its physical plant spread over nine buildings on campus, hindering collaboration and dampening creative exchange. Technological advances in the industry have rapidly evolved beyond our existing classrooms, production shops, and performance spaces. Yale’s goal is to build a state-of-the-art facility to serve as the primary home for David Geffen School of Drama, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Yale College Theater and Performance Studies program. This new facility will unite Yale theater makers under one roof, affording these artists, managers, and technicians access to the best spaces, adjacencies, and tools to support innovation and creativity.

Key Contacts

Adrienne Wells ’20 and Jessy Yates ’22; background, from left: Daniel Liu ’22, Jackeline Torres Cortés ’22, and John Evans Reese ’20 in Alice

August 2, 2021

New Deanship at David Geffen School of Drama

Donald R. Ware ’71 endowed the school’s leadership position, naming the deanship in memory of his mother, Elizabeth Parker Ware.
Two actors seated at a table on stage

June 30, 2021

With Gift from David Geffen, Yale’s Drama School Goes Tuition-Free

Tuition-free—now and forever. David Geffen’s landmark $150 million gift ensures that the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University welcomes even more of the world’s most talented theater makers, increasing access to the arts in ways that will transform the craft.
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