Yale Repertory Theatre

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Yale Repertory Theatre
Yale Rep.jpg
The Yale Repertory Theatre, viewed from the Architecture Dept.
AddressNew Haven, Connecticut
United States of America
OwnerYale University
TypeRegional theatre
Opened1966; 57 years ago (1966)
General information
Architectural styleGothic revival architecture
ClientThe Calvary Baptist Church
Technical details
Structural systemBrick 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. Michael Feingold was the first literary manager.

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 was managing director from 1993 to 2020.[2] Her successor was Florie Seery.[3]

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.[4]

Production history[edit]

2019–2020 Season
Date Show Notes
October 4–26, 2019 Girls after The Bacchae by Euripides, by Branden Jacob-Jenkins World Premiere, choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
November 29 – December 21, 2019 The Plot by Will Eno World Premiere, directed by Oliver Butler
January 24 – February 15, 2020 Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle East Coast Premiere, directed by Laurie Woolery. First Native American written play at the theater.[5]
March 13 – April 4, 2020 A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry Directed by Carl Cofield, cancelled due to COVID-19
April 24 – May 16, 2020 Testmatch by Kate Attwell World Premiere, directed by Margot Bordelon, cancelled due to COVID-19
2018–2019 Season[6]
Date Show Notes
September 28 – October 20, 2018 El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith World Premiere, Directed by Laurie Woolery, presented

in collaboration with The Sol Project

November 2–17, 2018 The Prisoner Text and Stage Direction by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
February 1–23, 2019 Good Faith by Karen Hartman World Premiere, directed by Kenny Leon
March 15 – April 6, 2019 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Directed by Carl Cofield
April 26 – May 18, 2019 Cadillac Crew by Tori Sampson World Premiere, directed by Jesse Rasmussen and Tori Sampson
2017–2018 Season[7]
Date Show Notes
October 6–28, 2017 An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, New translation by Paul Walsh directed by James Bundy
November 24 – December 16, 2017 Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott
January 26 – February 17, 2018 Field Guide created by Rude Mechs world premiere
March 16 – April 7, 2018 Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks directed by Liz Diamond
April 27 – May 19, 2018 Kiss by Guillermo Calederón directed by Evan Yionoulis
2016–2017 Season[8]
Date Show Notes
September 30 – October 22, 2016 Scenes from Court Life or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhl world premiere, directed by Mark Wing-Davey
November 25 – December 17, 2016 Seven Guitars by August Wilson directed by Timothy Douglas
January 20 – February 11, 2017 Imogen Says Nothing by Aditi Brennan Kapil world premiere, directed by Laurie Woolery
March 17 – April 8, 2017 Assassins, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim directed by James Bundy
April 28 – May 20, 2017 Mary Jane by Amy Herzog world premiere, directed by Anne Kauffman
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[9]
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[10]
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[11]
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[12]
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[13]
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

See also[edit]

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. ^ "Victoria Nolan". David Geffin School of Drama at Yale. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Yale Repertory Theatre Staff". Yale Repertory Theatre. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ pm, Tyler Brown 10:29; Jan 29; 2020. "First Native written play comes to come to Yale Rep". yaledailynews.com. Retrieved 2020-07-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Yale Rep Production History".
  7. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2017–18".
  8. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2016–17".
  9. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2014–15".
  10. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2013–14".
  11. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2012–13".
  12. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2011–12".
  13. ^ "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2010–11".

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