Our 2022 season, Summer of Love, consists of three mainstage productions and a series of new play labs that will support the development of new narratives surrounding the lives of BIPOC and Queer people.

$100,000

5%

Mail checks to:
Yale Summer Cabaret
P.O. Box 208244
New Haven, CT 06520

THE YALE SUMMER CABARET (YSC) is a grassroots theater located in New Haven, CT that is
entirely run by students who attend the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale (formerly known as the
Yale School of Drama). For the first time since its inception in 1970, YSC is led by a collective of Queer
BIPOC artists in an innovative co-leadership model. Our mission is to unite artists who will connect and
deepen their bond with one another here at DGSD and with the greater New Haven community.
Through experimental theatrical productions, community arts events, and new play development labs,
YSC uplifts communal visions of love, hope, and peace towards our collective liberation.

By producing these plays, we are supporting some of our most marginalized and underrepresented artists’ livelihoods this summer so they have the space to create urgent theatrical works for our community. Only about 5% of shows produced in the last ten years of YSC have been Queer Stories written by BIPOC writers; the dearth of production opportunities for our community inspired us to create this space – we can only do this with the generous support by artistic patrons.

Thank you.

MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS OF NEW WORKS FUNDRAISING GOAL: $60,000
The average cost to produce one of our mainstage productions is $20,000. Each mainstage production cost includes one writer’s commission, a one month salary for director, stage manager, production dramaturg, a team of designers, and company of actors. Each mainstage production will consist of a one month production process, including three weeks of rehearsal following two weekends of ticketed performances (virtual and in-person) open to the public. Below is a cost breakdown for our mainstage productions:
~A commission for a writer’s new work this summer is $1666
~The average salary for a director/actor/stage manager in our three mainstage productions is $2000
~The average salary for a designer or dramaturg in our three mainstage productions is

NEW PLAY LABS FUNDRAISING GOAL: $30,000
The cost to produce one of our labs is $10,000. Each lab cost includes one writer’s commission, one director, one stage manager, one dramaturge/designer/choreographer, and a maximum of five actors per lab. Each lab will be one week long with a presentation that is free and open to the public (virtual and inperson) at the conclusion of the lab. Below is a cost breakdown for our labs:
~A commission for a writer’s new work this summer is $1666
~The average salary for one director/actor/stage manager in a one week development lab is $700
~The average salary for a dramaturg or writing mentor in a one week development lab is $700