Yale Cabaret

In 1968, Yale School of Drama students established a basement performance venue in the former home of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at 217 Park Street. Envisioned as an alternative outlet for drama school students’ creativity and experimentation, Yale Cabaret became a forum for our expanded New Haven communities, whom we invite to gather around food, drink, conversation, fellowship, and artistry.

Since its founding, the Cabaret has remained in continuous operation, producing hundreds of plays, old and new, alongside musicals and musical revues, comedy shows, dance, performance art, and genre-defying performance. Artists who spent the early days of their careers at Yale Cabaret include Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Wendy Wasserstein, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Durang, John Turturro, Lynn Nottage, Anna D. Shapiro, Henry Winkler, David Alan Grier, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Giamatti, Liev Schreiber, Trip Cullman, Melissa James Gibson, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Lupita Nyong’o, and many hundreds more.

Each generation of School of Drama students renews the Cabaret with their talent and energy. Every year, a new student leadership team curates its season from School of Drama student proposals—uplifting peers’ passions, impulses, and curiosities. With evening and late-night performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, eighteen weekends a year, our basement offers ever-changing, ever-surprising experiences to all who enter.

The Yale Cabaret is one of the performing arts organizations in Connecticut that regularly presents work that involve LGBTQ+ story telling, themes, and more.

The 51st Season of the Yale Cabaret is led by LT Gourzong and Molly FitzMaurice, Co-Artistic Directors and Armando Huipe, Managing Director. The history of the Yale Cabaret was written by Amauta M. Firmino and Jeremy O. Harris, historians for Yale Cabaret’s 50th anniversary.