Yale School of Drama alumnus Michael Yeargan, currently the resident set designer at the Yale School of Drama, has been appointed co-chair of the Design Department, effective July 1. Yeargan will serve alongside current co-chair Stephen Strawbridge.
Yeargan, who will succeed Ming Cho Lee, the Donald M. Oenslager Professor of Design, will also serve as set design adviser for Yale Repertory Theatre.
“Ming Cho Lee’s leadership in recruiting brilliant faculty and superbly gifted students, and his dedication to training students in all disciplines of design, have kept Yale School of Drama and its graduates at the absolute forefront of the field,” says James Bundy, dean of the School of Drama. “We are fortunate that he will continue to teach, lending his experience, insight, and impassioned artistry to our training.”
Bundy continued: “Combining extraordinary sophistication with deeply resourceful creativity and the most generous collaborative spirit, Michael is uniquely positioned to join Steve Strawbridge in providing the next generation of leadership to the Design Department, maintaining its storied place in the history of the school and the profession.”
Yeargan has taught at the School of Drama since 1973. His credits at the Yale Rep include “The Winter’s Tale,” “Hay Fever,” and the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s “The Frogs,” which was staged in the Yale swimming pool. A two-time Tony Award winner, his Broadway credits include “The Light in the Piazza,” “South Pacific,” and “Joe Turner's Come and Gone.” In London’s West End, he designed “Becket,” “Cyrano de Bergerac,” and the musical “Napoleon.” Internationally known for his work in opera, he has designed many productions for the Met and New York City Opera. Upcoming projects include “L'Elisir d'Amore,” which opens the season at the Met next year, and the Australian company of “South Pacific” this summer.