Yale Repertory Theatre (Yale Rep) is
dedicated to the production of new plays and daring interpretations of classics
that make immediate connections to contemporary audiences. With the Yale School
of Drama (YSD), Yale Rep trains and advances
leaders to raise the standards of global professional practice in every
theatrical discipline, creating bold art that astonishes the mind, challenges
the heart, and delights the senses.
Yale Repertory Theatre will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2016-17 season!
Your gift to Yale Rep will help produce our 50th anniversary season, celebrate Yale Rep's history and accomplishments, and honor its contributions to the American and world theatre.
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its founding in 1966, Yale Rep has made important contributions to the field by
encouraging and developing new models in co-production, transferring work to
the commercial theatre, and investing in playwrights and their work through
commissioning on a major scale. A champion of new work, Yale Rep has produced
more than 100 premieres—including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other
nominated finalists. Twelve Yale Rep productions have moved to Broadway,
receiving nearly 40 Tony Award nominations and nine Tony Awards. In 1991, Yale
Rep received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Over the past
decade, nine Yale Rep productions have been honored by the Connecticut Critics
Circle with the award for Best Production of the year. In 2008, Yale Rep
established the Binger Center for New Theatre, an artist-driven initiative that
devotes major resources to the commissioning, development, and production of
new plays and musicals at Yale Rep and across the country.
its 49-year history, Yale Rep has demonstrated its commitment to creating vital
and immediate interpretations of the classic repertoire and to producing the
work of emerging and established playwrights. Among Yale Rep’s recent world
premieres are INDECENT, written by Paul Vogel; Jiehae Park’s PEERLESS; Jen
Silverman’s THE MOORS; Danai Gurira’s FAMILIAR; Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins’s WAR; and
THESE PAPER BULLETS!, Rolin Jones’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT
NOTHING, with original music by Billie Joe Armstrong. Recent seasons have
included classic plays such as William Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE and THE WINTER’S
TALE, Samuel Beckett’s HAPPY DAYS, Bertolt Brecht’s THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE,
and August Wilson’s THE PIANO LESSON. Yale Rep also presents groundbreaking
global performances through its NO BOUNDARIES series; past NO BOUNDARIES
seasons have included work from Burkina Faso, Chile, the Czech Republic,
Germany, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Spain, the United
Kingdom, and the United States.
Rep’s ambitious artistic goals and achievements draw the nation’s top artists
to New Haven. The nationally recognized theatre gives local residents access to
high-quality art and keeps New Haven vibrant.
Through its new play program, the Binger Center for New Theatre, Yale
Rep has become a national leader in the development and production of new work
for the American stage. Since 2008, the Binger Center has supported more than
50 commissioned artists and the production of 21 new plays and musicals at Yale
Rep and around the country. Recent examples include 2016’s THE MOORS by Jackson
Gay; 2015’s PEERLESS by Jiehae Park; 2015’s INDECENT by Paula Vogel and Rebecca
Taichman; and 2012’s THE REALISTIC JONES, by Will Eno, which transferred to
Broadway in 2014. THESE PAPER BULLETS! by Rolin Jones, produced at Yale Rep in
2014, was produced at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, and at the Atlantic
Theater Company, New York, in 2015. Danai Gurira’s FAMILIAR, produced in 2015, was
produced at New York’s Playwrights Horizons in 2016; WAR, by Branden
Jacobs-Jenkins, produced at Yale Rep in 2014, premiered at Lincoln Center’s
LCT3 Theater in 2016; and INDECENT received its New York debut in 2016 at The
Vineyard Theatre. In 2016-2017, Yale Rep will produce three world premiere
commissions: SCENES FROM COURT
LIFE by Sarah Ruhl; IMOGEN SAYS NOTHING by Aditi Brennan Kapil; and MARY JANE,
by Amy Herzog.
Education and Outreach: WILL POWER!
and The Dwight/Edgewood Project introduce New Haven high school and middle
school students to live theatre and storytelling and provide them with
meaningful experiences that complement and enrich their education;
Accessibility services: Maintaining our
accessibility services so that all patrons can enjoy the experience of live
New play and musical development, which
cultivates relationships with emerging and established writers and fosters the
creation of new works of art; and
Technology: The acquisition of
state-of-the-art theatre technologies and equipment which help keep Yale Rep at
the forefront of the American theatre.
Yale Repertory Theatre is a local theatre organization with
national impact. The vast majority of our audiences and staff live in
Connecticut, in New Haven County. Our location in New Haven’s vibrant downtown
allows us to contribute to the Elm City’s social, cultural, and economic life.
Through robust accessibility services and the most affordable range of tickets
prices at any fully professional Connecticut theatre, we aim to meet the needs
of all patrons. Our two education programs—WILL POWER! and the Dwight/Edgewood
Project—serve Connecticut middle and high school students and create lifelong
Over the past 49 years, the artistic
vitality of Yale Rep has
combined a definitive commitment to new
plays—well over 100 world, American, and regional
premieres—with vivid interpretations of the classic canon
leading directors. More recently, through
our Binger Center for New Theatre,
we have invested
significantly in commissioning writers and
supporting the development and production
of their plays.
Working for an adventurous audience at
the heart of a great research university, our theatre is uniquely situated to
have a national impact. Yale Rep theatre-goers and the University understand
and embrace the level of
financial and spiritual investment
required to pursue the rewards—and
brave the risks—of creating
new works for performance. We have had consistent success collaborating with emerging playwrights to
leverage their Yale Rep productions to national recognition and
extended life for their
work. Playwrights such as August
Wilson, Athol Fugard, Sarah Ruhl, Amy Herzog, and Danai Gurira have risen to
national prominence during their time in New Haven. As we engage students at the Yale School of Drama training program
in the process of producing new plays, we provide practical experience in
the most significant
project of the American
theatre: bringing the next
new work into being.
While Yale University provides Yale Rep with some operating
support, we must seek significant outside funding in order to meet the goals
and mission of our institution. Yale Rep’s activity represents about 1/3 of 1%
of the overall University budget. A contribution of any size makes difference
to us. Donations support the work of truly distinctive
artists, helping to bring them to New Haven to share work of the highest
quality with Connecticut audiences and support Yale Rep’s commitment to serve
young patrons in our community.
Thank you for your consideration,
Yale Rep’s 2016-17 season—its 50th anniversary year—will include
productions of SEVEN GUITARS by August Wilson and ASSASSINS, with music
and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman. The season will also
feature three commissioned world premieres: SCENES FROM COURT LIFE by Sarah
Ruhl; IMOGEN SAYS NOTHING by Aditi Brennan Kapil; and MARY JANE by Amy Herzog.
Yale Rep will also present cutting-edge international
performing artists in its NO BOUNDARIES series of global performances in
Yale Rep’s 2015-16 season featured new
productions of HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett, featuring Academy Award winning
actress Dianne Wiest, staged by Artistic Director James Bundy and CYMBELINE by
William Shakespeare, directed by Resident Director Evan Yionoulis. Three new
plays commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre had their world premieres as part
of the 2015–16 season: INDECENT by Paula Vogel, created by Paula Vogel and
Rebecca Taichman, directed by Rebecca Taichman; PEERLESS by Jiehae Park,
directed by Margot Bordelon; and THE MOORS by Jen Silverman, directed by
Jackson Gay. Yale Rep and its artists
were nominated for 14 Connecticut
Critics Circle Awards and 5, including for Best Production, Best Ensemble, Best
Director (Rebecca Taichman) and a Special Award for Music (Aaron Halva and Lisa
Gutkin)for Indecent, and Best
Featured Perforance (Birgit Huppuch) for The Moors. As part of the NO BOUNDARIES
series of global performances, in 2015-16, Yale Rep presented REFUSE THE HOUR
created by William Kentridge, and ESCUELA by Guillermo Calderón.
All three Yale Rep 2015-16 world premieres are
scheduled for subsequent productions at other theatres, as is HAPPY DAYS., which will be seen at Theatre For A New Audience in spring 2017.
Additionally, Yale Rep has produced more than 100 premieres—including two
Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists. Twelve Yale Rep
productions have moved to Broadway, receiving nearly 40 Tony Award nominations
and nine Tony Awards. In 1991, Yale Rep received the Tony Award for Outstanding
We monitor the success of our programs
by the quality of work produced at Yale Rep and the critical response to that
work in local and national press. We also monitor our ticket sales against our
goals. We also consider whether productions transfer or are produced by other
theatres around the country. Another important marker of Yale Rep’s success is
the experience of artists who come to work with us in New Haven: we strive to
create a supportive artistic home.
Many Yale Rep productions have subsequently
been seen at major regional and New York theatres. Four productions from the
Rep’s 2015-16 season have been or will be produced at New York theatres: INDECENT,
by Paula Vogel, was co-produced with La Jolla Playhouse and had its New York
premiere in 2016 at the Vineyard Theatre. Danai Gurira’s FAMILIAR and Branden
Jacob-Jenkins’s WAR both received 2016 New York premieres following their Yale
Rep productions. HAPPY DAYS, with Dianne Wiest, will be produced in New York in
2017. Additionally, Will Eno’s THE REALISTIC JONESES, a Yale Rep commission
which had its world premiere at Yale in 2012, premiered on Broadway in April
In addition to Yale Rep’s commissioned
world premiere plays that have been produced at theatres across the country
(see “ Play Development” for more information), the Yale Rep production of
Goldoni’s THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, directed by Christopher Bayes and
featuring Steven Epp, has had a rich life since its 2010 run in New Haven. The
production has had a total of 175 performances at several theatres—DC’s
Shakespeare Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Boston’s ArtsEmerson, and Seattle
Rep. It will be produced by Theatre for A New Audience, New York, in fall 2016.
Binger Center for New Theatre is an artist-driven initiative that devotes major
resources to the commissioning, development, and production of new plays and
musicals at Yale Rep and across the country by artists with a diverse range of
voices and theatrical aesthetics. It brings artists to New Haven for
residencies; schedules developmental readings and workshops in New Haven and
New York; produces the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, a two-week summer lab
at Yale that bridges the gap between training and the professional world for
early career composers, playwrights, and lyricists; and underwrites new plays
and musicals at Yale Rep.
Projects supported by the Binger Center have received critical acclaim and subsequent productions at major theatres across the country. In addition to the most recent productions mentioned above, these productions include the world premieres of Dostoevsky’s NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff, seen at La Jolla Playhouse and Theatre for a New Audience in New York; Rinne Groff’s COMPULSION at Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and The Public Theater; the Yale-commissioned ON THE LEVEE by Marcus Gardley, Todd Almond, and Lear deBessonet at Lincoln Center’s LCT3; and Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs’s musical POP! at Yale Rep, Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, and Firehouse Theatre Project (Richmond, VA). Other projects with subsequent productions include Amy Herzog’s BELLEVILLE (later seen at New York Theatre Workshop and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, among many others) and THE REALISTIC JONESES by Will Eno (both were cited among the “Top Ten Productions” in their respective years by the NEW YORK TIMES); David Adjmi’s MARIE ANTOINETTE at Yale Rep and American Repertory Theater in 2012 and its subsequent 2013 New York premiere at Soho Rep; and Sarah Ruhl’;s DEAR ELIZABETH, produced by Yale Rep in 2012 and subsequently seen in New York, Boston, and California.
Since 2008, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 50 commissioned artists as well as the world premieres and subsequent productions of 21 new American plays and musicals at Yale Repertory Theatre. Works commissioned by Yale Rep that are not produced by the Rep have frequently premiered at other theatres. Yale Rep has contributed to the field through the many new works produced in New Haven and, subsequently, at theatres in New York and from coast to coast, sometimes multiple productions.
The critical response to Yale Rep commissions has been positive: recent commissions INDECENT, THE MOORS, PEERLESS, BELLEVILLE and THE REALISTIC JONESES received favorable reviews in local and national press, and INDECENT received the 2015-16 Connecticut Critics Circle award for Outstanding Production of a Play. The success of the Binger Center is demonstrated through the wide reach of the work generated by Yale’s program: plays supported by the Center have had world premieres or subsequent productions at major theatres throughout America, including The Public Theater, Lincoln Center’s LCT3, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, Berkeley Rep, American Repertory Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse, among many others.
Yale Rep’s education
program, WILL POWER! (WP!) centers on students’ attendance of a Yale Rep
production at morning matinee performances, and also provides a workshop for
educators, the WP! Study Guide, and post-show talkbacks. WP! is designed to
encourage critical thinking. It enriches the students’ experience of the
production and fosters a deeper understanding of all aspects of the play - from
the text to the historical context to the choices that the artists have made.
Yale Rep provides $10 tickets ($5 for New Haven students) for participants, 30%
of whom come from economically challenged communities. To further encourage broad attendance, the New Haven Public School Transportation Department provides free bus service to all New Haven school groups.
In 2016, more than 925 students and educators attended the WP! matinee performances of CYMBELINE. In 2016-17, two productions will include WP! performances: August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS and the musical ASSASSINS, by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim. We anticipate that more than 1,200 students will attend these performances.
Yale Rep has honed and nurtured relationships with dozens of schools and educators in the greater New Haven area, ensuring significant participation in WP! from a diverse population of schools. Many teachers return with their classes year after year. The Study Guides that are created for the WP! program have attracted national attention: the 2011 ROMEO AND JULIET guide was selected to enrich the 2013 Broadway production of the play, and the 2010 guide for SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS was used by Seattle Rep.
Yale Rep monitors the success of WILL POWER! through more than just ticket sales: We gather feedback from participating educators and students, who we survey for assessments and comments about each aspect of the program. Each year, Yale Rep uses this feedback to ensure that the program serves Connecticut students in the best ways possible.
WILL POWER! has an excellent reputation in the local community. Tickets for WP! matinees often have sold out months in advance of the performances. Educators know that they will receive unparalleled curricular support and that their students will experience a world-class performance. Many teachers have attended WP! educator workshops and brought their classrooms to attend performances since its inception.
Dwight/Edgewood Project (D/EP) serves middle school students from the New Haven
public school system through a month-long after-school playwriting program
designed to strengthen creative expression, confidence, and self-esteem. It
partners eight middle-school student playwrights from economically challenged
neighborhoods with Yale School of Drama mentors, who guide them through the
process of writing and producing short plays. The program culminates with two
nights of performances
of the original plays for students’ families, friends, teachers, and the larger
In 2016, the Dwight/Edgewood Project presented original plays by eight student playwrights from the Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School. A hallmark of the program is the individualized attention each student receives: there is a 3:1 ratio of adults to children in the program. This ratio allows the program to cater to the needs of each student and help foster lasting bonds between YSD mentors and the young playwrights.
Over the past 22 years, the Dwight/Edgewood Project has reached nearly 160 children and provided them with unparalleled, hands-on theatre experiences. More than 350 Yale School of Drama students have served as mentors, administrators, directors, or designers of the program. The impact on all participants is long-lasting. D/EP student playwrights keep in touch with Yale Rep and attest to the profound changes the Project inspired in their lives; these students emerge from the month-long program as playwrights. For the Yale School of Drama mentors, the impact is just as great. Many mentors have gone on to work at other theatre outreach programs, most notably the 52nd Street Project in New York, and others have created new programs around the globe modeled on Dwight/Edgewood. For example, Bryce Pinkham, a 2006 mentor, founded and is Executive Director of Zara Aina, a program that uses theatre to enhance the lives and education of children in Madagascar.
Yale Rep solicits feedback from contacts at the participating partner middle school, student playwrights, and all YSD students who have participated in the program as mentors or staff.
In recent years, some student playwrights have returned to D/EP to participate in the program in some volunteer capacity. This long-term investment in the program is a testament to the impact that the month-long program had on their young lives. Many YSD student mentors work with D/EP all three years they are enrolled at the School, serving as mentors and in other staff capacities. In 2016, Helen Jaksch, who had been Producing Director after her graduation from YSD in 2015, returned to D/EP to be the playwriting teacher for the program.
Yale Rep has one of the most
comprehensive accessibility programs in Connecticut. At each performance, we
provide assistive listening devices, wheelchair and companion seating, and
service animal accommodation. We provide patrons with large print and Braille
translations of our complete playbill. Each of our theatres has elevator or
chair lift access. For every production of the season, Yale Rep includes an Open
Captioned performance and an Audio Described performance Yale Rep ushers
undergo accessibility training to better serve our patrons’ needs. In addition,
any patron can contact Yale Rep to create an individualized theatre-going plan.
Recently, through the generosity of individual donors, Yale Rep installed new state-of-the art assistive listening and audio description devices and improved aisle railings. Both of these additions have greatly improved the theatre-going experience for hundreds of patrons each season.
Yale Rep has become a leader in arts accessibility in the state, and other arts organizations regularly ask for Yale Rep’s guidance in accessibility services. Yale Rep is also one of the few organizations in the region that trains Audio Describers, and the describers trained at Yale have gone on to work at theatres across the nation.
We monitor the number of patrons using assistive listening and Audio Description devices at each show, attending Open Captioned and Audio Described performances, and using our large-print and braille programs. We also respond to patron feedback about our accessibility services.
During the 2013-14 season, a patron who originally hails from South Africa was able to experience theatre for the first time. She is blind, and she had never had an opportunity to attend an Audio Described performance. She learned of our service through our accessible website, and she has attended several Audio Described performances in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
One of our biggest challenges is maintaining our high production standards in mostly outdated physical facilities. Yale Repertory Theatre operates out of eight buildings, which house Yale Rep’s performance and office spaces. 222 York Street is the home of the University Theatre, a 654-seat proscenium theatre; Yale Rep’s administrative offices; and production shops. Yale Repertory Theatre, a 19th-century church that was converted into a theatre in 1969, is a 487-seat space with a thrust stage. The Iseman Theater (formerly the New Theater) contains a flexible performance space, which can accommodate up to 200 patrons. The University Theatre Annex houses classroom and meeting space and the Laurie Beechman Memorial Center for Theatrical Sound Design and Music. Vernon Hall includes the Yale Cabaret, rehearsal rooms, and meeting spaces. Other scene and prop shops, rehearsal rooms, and administrative offices are located at 149 York Street. Yale Hope Mission at 305 Crown Street has additional rehearsal halls and administrative offices. In addition to the above-mentioned spaces, Yale Rep leases an off-site warehouse for storage of costumes, props, and scenery, along with fifteen to twenty apartments during the course of each season for guest artists. Yale Rep is in early conversations about a campaign to raise money for a new theatre, office, and shop spaces.
Yale Repertory Theatre is part of
Yale University, and operates with Yale School of Drama in a relationship analogous
to a teaching hospital and medical school. The Yale Corporation
is the senior policy-making body for Yale University. The Yale School of
Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre Board of Advisors provides the Dean/Artistic
Director and senior staff with strategic and professional counsel to maximize
the quality of training, production, and student experience, to encourage the
engagement and financial support of alumni and friends of the School, and to
advance the mission of the School and Yale Rep within Yale University and in
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