Yale Repertory Theatre
For more than 40 years, Yale Repertory Theatre has made important contributions to the field by producing new work and vivid revivals of the canon; promoting the establishment of companies, new models in co-production, and transfers to the commercial theater; and investing in playwrights and their work through commissioning on a major scale. Professional assignments at Yale Repertory Theatre are an integral component of the program at Yale School of Drama, the nation's leading graduate theatre training conservatory. The company is dedicated to the production of new plays and daring interpretations of classics that make immediate connections to contemporary audiences. A champion of new work, it has produced more than 100 premieres, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists. Ten of its productions have moved to Broadway, receiving nearly forty Tony Award nominations and nine Tony Awards, and in 1991, the company received the Tony Award for outstanding regional theatre. In 2008, it received a significant grant from the Robina Foundation, allowing it to expand its new play program with the establishment of the Yale Center for New Theatre. Through the Center, it has become one of the most prolific commissioners of new plays and musicals in the nation, supporting these new works through all stages of artist-driven development, including residencies, readings, workshops, and full productions. Yale Repertory Theatre offers young people in the community two significant youth theater programs: Will Power! and the Dwight/Edgewood Project. Will Power! is an arts-and-education initiative designed to build on existing English and theater curricula for middle- and high- school educators and their students. The company continues as a leader for its community outreach and accessibility programs, promoting audience diversity and participation.