School of Drama Adds New Concentration in Projection Design

The Yale School of Drama will offer a new concentration in “Projection Design” beginning in the fall of 2010. This is the first such course of graduate theater training in the United States.

The new course will be led by Wendall Harrington, within the school’s Design Department, whose numerous Broadway projection credits include The Who’s “Tommy” (winning Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and American Theatre Wing Awards), “The Heidi Chronicles,” “My One and Only” and “They’re Playing Our Song.”

The Yale School of Drama is the only professional theater school in the United States to offer the Master of Fine Arts in all disciplines: acting, design (set, costume, lighting and, now, projection), sound design, directing, dramaturgy and dramatic criticism, playwriting, stage management, technical design and production, and theater management.

“The highest aim of Yale School of Drama is to train artistic leaders — in every theatrical discipline — who create bold new works that astonish the mind, challenge the heart and delight the senses,” says Dean James Bundy. “The introduction of the ‘Projection Design’ concentration continues Yale’s commitment to artistic and technological innovations in the field.”

“The use of projection in performance is expanding exponentially,” says Harrington, who has served on the Design Department faculty since 2006. “The projected image is a powerful tool. Those designers at the forefront of this medium will have the opportunity and responsibility to encourage its eloquent use.”

The School of Drama’s Design Department — co-chaired by Ming Cho Lee and Stephen Strawbridge — is unique in training students in all areas of design, providing them with common ground in core knowledge of the field, and emphasizing that all elements of design are an integral part of the whole and cannot be conceived independently.

Through classes and production, the department encourages the discovery of process in formulating the design idea, development of a discriminating standard for students’ own work, and preparation for a creative and meaningful professional life in the theater. Graduates of the program are leading designers in theater, film and television, and have served as teachers and mentors in leading theaters and universities around the world.

The Yale School of Drama is accepting Design Department applications for fall 2010 enrollment through Feb. 1. Complete application requirements and financial aid policies are available at http://drama.yale.edu.