Yale Repertory Theatre

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.

Yale Repertory Theatre
The Yale Repertory Theatre, viewed from the Architecture Dept.
AddressNew Haven, Connecticut
United States of America
OwnerYale University
TypeRegional theatre
General information
Architectural styleGothic revival architecture
ClientThe Calvary Baptist Church
Technical details
Structural systemBrick masonry


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

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

2017-2018 Season[3]
October 6 – October 28, 2017An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, New translation by Paul Walshdirected by James Bundy
November 24 – December 16, 2017Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott
January 26 – February 17, 2018Field Guide created by Rude Mechsworld premiere
March 16 – April 7, 2018Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parksdirected by Liz Diamond
April 27 – May 19, 2018Kiss by Guillermo Calederóndirected by Evan Yionoulis
2016–2017 Season[4]
September 30 – October 22, 2016Scenes from Court Life or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhlworld premiere, directed by Mark Wing-Davey
November 25 – December 17, 2016Seven Guitars by August Wilsondirected by Timothy Douglas
January 20 – February 11, 2017Imogen Says Nothing by Aditi Brennan Kapilworld premiere, directed by Laurie Woolery
March 17 – April 8, 2017Assassins, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheimdirected by James Bundy
April 28 – May 20, 2017Mary Jane by Amy Herzogworld 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[5]
October 3–25, 2014Arcadia by Tom Stopparddirected by James Bundy
November 21 – December 13, 2014War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkinsworld premiere, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
January 30 – February 21, 2015Familiar by Danai Guriraworld premiere. directed by Rebecca Taichman
March 20 – April 11, 2015The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brechtdirected by Liz Diamond
April 24 – May 16, 2015Elevada by Sheila Callaghanworld premiere, directed by Jackson Gay
2013–2014 Season[6]
September 20 – October 12, 2013A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williamsdirected by Mark Rucker, featuring René Augesen and Joe Manganiello
October 25 – November 16, 2013Owners by Caryl Churchilldirected by Evan Yionoulis
November 30 – December 21, 2013Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fodirected by Christopher Bayes
January 31 – February 22, 2014The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls by Meg Miroshnikdirected by Rachel Chavkin
March 14 – April 5, 2014These 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, 2014The House that will not Stand by Marcus Gardleyworld premiere, directed by Patricia McGregor
2012–2013 Season[7]
September 21 – October 13, 2012American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoyadeveloped by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, directed by Shana Cooper
October 26 – November 17, 2012Marie Antoinette by David Adjmiworld premiere, directed by Rebecca Taichman
November 30 – December 22, 2012Dear Elizabethworld premiere by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Les Waters
January 25 – February 16, 2013Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jonesdirected by Evan Yionoulis
March 15 – April 13, 2013Hamlet by William Shakespearedirected by James Bundy, starring Paul Giamatti
April 26 – May 18, 2013In a Year with 13 Moons by Rainer Werner Fassbinderadapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff, directed by Robert Woodruff
2011–2012 Season[8]
September 16 – October 8, 2011Three Sisters by Anton Chekhovnew version by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Les Waters
October 21 – November 12, 2011Belleville by Amy Herzogworld premiere, directed by Anne Kauffman
November 25 – December 17, 2011A Doctor In Spite of Himself by Molièreadapted by Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp
February 3–25, 2012Good Goods by Christina Andersondirected by Tina Landau
March 16 – April 7, 2012The Winter's Tale by William Shakespearedirected by Liz Diamond
April 15 – May 7, 2012The Realistic Joneses by Will Enoworld premiere, directed by Sam Gold
2010–2011 Season[9]
September 17 – October 9, 2010We Have Always Lived in the Castleworld premiere musical, based on the 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson
October 22 – November 13, 2010A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
November 26 – December 18, 2010Bossa Nova by Kirsten Greenidgeworld premiere
January 28 – February 19, 2011The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
March 11 – April 2, 2011Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
April 15 – May 7, 2011Autumn Sonata by Ingmar BergmanUS premiere, directed by Robert Woodruff

See also


  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 2017–18".
  4. "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2016–17".
  5. "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2014–15".
  6. "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2013–14".
  7. "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2012–13".
  8. "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2011–12".
  9. "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2010–11".

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