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Yale School of Drama
Yale University founded a Department of Drama in the School of Fine Arts in 1924 through the generosity of Edward S. Harkness, B.A. 1897. In 1925, while the University Theatre was under construction, the first class of students was enrolled. George Pierce Baker, the foremost teacher of playwriting in America, joined the faculty to serve as the first chair of the department, and the first Master of Fine Arts in Drama was conferred in 1931.
Yale Repertory Theatre
In 1966, under the leadership of Dean Robert Brustein, Yale Repertory Theatre was founded as part of Yale School of Drama, establishing a complementary relationship between conservatory and professional practice similar to that of a medical school and a teaching hospital.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group (EDIWG)
Yale School of Drama’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group (EDIWG) supports and promotes the development of a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive YSD/YRT community. THE EDIWG has an open membership model and consists of the deans and mix of students, staff, and faculty members. The group holds a two-hour meeting each month, in addition to ongoing work online. Central to the group’s process is the formation of smaller action groups, which meet outside of the monthly meeting to work on specific projects. EDIWG meetings are open to all YSD/YRT community members. In recognition of the work involved, and as a measure of equitability, student members are paid work-study hours for time spent in EDIWG meetings. Meetings are facilitated by associate dean Chantal Rodriguez and a team of co-facilitators from within the group.
As a way of encouraging participation and lowering barriers to attendance, the School has set aside two hours each month during which YSD and YRT rehearsals and work calls begin after the EDIWG meeting.