School of drama

School Notes: David Geffen School of Drama
November/December 2023

James Bundy ’95MFA |

Alumnus to cochair playwriting

Acclaimed poet, playwright, and screenwriter Marcus Gardley ’05MFA has been appointed cochair of the playwriting program at David Geffen School of Drama. Leading the program alongside cochair Anne Erbe ’11MFA, Gardley succeeds Tarell Alvin McCraney ’07MFA, who served in that role since 2017 and who will continue to teach at the Geffen School.

Marcus Gardley’s plays include The House that will not Stand, which had its world premiere at Yale Rep in 2014; X: Or, Betty Shabazz V. the Nationblack odysseyThe Gospel of Loving KindnessEvery Tongue ConfessOn the Levee, music and lyrics by Todd Almond (commissioned by Yale Rep); . . . and Jesus moonwalks the MississippiThe Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry; and dance of the holy ghosts (Yale Rep world premiere, 2006). “I count it as an honor and a privilege to join Anne Erbe as cochair of the playwriting program at David Geffen School of Drama. I hope to continue in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s legacy by helping writers hone their voices and develop stories that inspire joy and spark conversation,” Gardley said. “I am grateful to the deans, faculty, and staff who have welcomed me with open arms. There is no place I’d rather be than the Geffen School, sharing knowledge and supporting the next generation of storytellers.”   

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