Yale Repertory Theatre

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Yale Repertory Theatre
Yale Rep.jpg
The Yale Repertory Theatre, viewed from the Architecture Dept.
Address New Haven, Connecticut
United States of America
Owner Yale University
Type Regional theatre
Opened 1966
General information
Architectural style Gothic revival architecture
Completed 1846
Client The Calvary Baptist Church
Technical details
Structural system Brick masonry

Yale Repertory Theatre at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut was founded by Robert Brustein, dean of Yale School of Drama, in 1966, with the goal of facilitating a meaningful collaboration between theatre professionals and talented students. In the process it has become one of the first distinguished regional theatres. Located at the edge of Yale's main downtown campus, it occupies the former Calvary Baptist Church.


As head of Yale Repertory Theatre ("the Rep") from 1966 to 1979, Robert Brustein brought professional actors to Yale each year to form a repertory company and nurtured notable new authors including Christopher Durang. Some successful works were transferred to commercial theaters.

The dean of Yale School of Drama is the artistic director of the Yale Repertory Theatre, with Lloyd Richards (who most notably nurtured the career of August Wilson) serving in this capacity 1979-1991, Stan Wojewodski, Jr., 1991–2002, and James Bundy since 2002. Benjamin Mordecai served as managing director from 1982 to 1993;[1] Victoria Nolan has served in this capacity since 1993.

Of the more than 90 world premieres the Rep has produced, four have won Pulitzer Prizes; ten productions have received Tony Awards after being transferred to Broadway, and Yale Repertory Theatre was given a Drama Desk Special Award in 1988 and the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1991.

In 2002, Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre received the Governor's Arts Award from Governor John G. Rowland for artistic achievement and contribution to the arts in the state of Connecticut.

Calvary Baptist Church Building[edit]

Calvary Baptist Church was erected in 1846 in the Gothic revival architectural style on a plot of land that was the original home of Richard Platt, one of the founders of New Haven. Upon redundancy, the church was controlled by Yale University, which was already served by a nondenominational chapel.[2]

Production history[edit]

2015-2016 Season
Date Show Notes
October 2 – 24, 2015 Indecent by Paula Vogel world premiere, created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, directed by Rebecca Taichman
November 27 – December 19, 2015 peerless by Jiehae Park world premiere, directed by Margot Bordelon
January 29 – February 20, 2016 The Moors by Jen Silverman world premiere, directed by Jackson Gay
March 25 – April 16, 2016 Cymbeline by William Shakespeare directed by Evan Yionoulis
April 29 – May 21, 2016 Happy Days by Samuel Beckett directed by James Bundy, featuring Dianne Wiest
2014–2015 Season[3]
Date Show Notes
October 3–25, 2014 Arcadia by Tom Stoppard directed by James Bundy
November 21 – December 13, 2014 War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins world premiere, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
January 30 – February 21, 2015 Familiar by Danai Gurira world premiere. directed by Rebecca Taichman
March 20 – April 11, 2015 The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht directed by Liz Diamond
April 24 – May 16, 2015 Elevada by Sheila Callaghan world premiere, directed by Jackson Gay
2013–2014 Season[4]
Date Show Notes
September 20 – October 12, 2013 A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams directed by Mark Rucker, featuring René Augesen and Joe Manganiello
October 25 – November 16, 2013 Owners by Caryl Churchill directed by Evan Yionoulis
November 30 – December 21, 2013 Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo directed by Christopher Bayes
January 31 – February 22, 2014 The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls by Meg Miroshnik directed by Rachel Chavkin
March 14 – April 5, 2014 These Paper Bullets adapted by Rolin Jones
from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
world premiere, songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, directed by Jackson Gay
April 18 – May 10, 2014 The House that will not Stand by Marcus Gardley world premiere, directed by Patricia McGregor
2012–2013 Season[5]
Date Show Notes
September 21 – October 13, 2012 American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, directed by Shana Cooper
October 26 – November 17, 2012 Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi world premiere, directed by Rebecca Taichman
November 30 – December 22, 2012 Dear Elizabeth world premiere by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Les Waters
January 25 – February 16, 2013 Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones directed by Evan Yionoulis
March 15 – April 13, 2013 Hamlet by William Shakespeare directed by James Bundy, starring Paul Giamatti
April 26 – May 18, 2013 In a Year with 13 Moons by Rainer Werner Fassbinder adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff, directed by Robert Woodruff
2011–2012 Season[6]
Date Show Notes
September 16 – October 8, 2011 Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov new version by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Les Waters
October 21 – November 12, 2011 Belleville by Amy Herzog world premiere, directed by Anne Kauffman
November 25 – December 17, 2011 A Doctor In Spite of Himself by Molière adapted by Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp
February 3–25, 2012 Good Goods by Christina Anderson directed by Tina Landau
March 16 – April 7, 2012 The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare directed by Liz Diamond
April 15 – May 7, 2012 The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno world premiere, directed by Sam Gold
2010–2011 Season[7]
Date Show Notes
September 17 – October 9, 2010 We Have Always Lived in the Castle world premiere musical, based on the 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson
October 22 – November 13, 2010 A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
November 26 – December 18, 2010 Bossa Nova by Kirsten Greenidge world premiere
January 28 – February 19, 2011 The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
March 11 – April 2, 2011 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
April 15 – May 7, 2011 Autumn Sonata by Ingmar Bergman US premiere, directed by Robert Woodruff

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Jones, Kenneth (9 May 2005). "Benjamin Mordecai, Broadway Producer Who Championed August Wilson's Works, Dead at 60". Playbill.com. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Russiello, J. (2008). A Sympathetic Planning Hierarchy for Redundant Churches: A Comparison of Continued Use and Reuse in Denmark, England and the United States of America. MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings, University of Bath. p. 379. 
  3. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2014–15". 
  4. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2013–14". 
  5. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2012–13". 
  6. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2011–12". 
  7. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2010–11". 

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