Program Details

Founded in 1970, a “semester-away” at NTI is unlike any other credit-earning training program in the nation. Broad-based theater intensives at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, two-time Tony Award-winner & 2015 National Medal of Arts recipient.
Waterford, United States
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:

Imagine an entire semester devoted to studying theater. Only theater. Every person there is utterly devoted to the same thing. A community of theater practitioners all working towards the same goals. That is the National Theater Institute. It offers six, credit-earning intensives for writers, singers, actors, composers, directors, and dancers who are high school graduates, undergraduates, or post-graduates seeking a launching pad into the professional world through intensive, credit-earning training. The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the place where master teachers and industry professionals choose to teach. NTI is the place where aspiring theatermakers meet one another, share a common experience, language, and work ethic and go on to create their own work for decades afterwards- ensuring the future of American theater. NTI is where actors find they are also playwrights, where directors find they are also designers and dancers. NTI is where new composers, directors, writers, designers, actors find their calling, and realize that they can do it all. NTI is the place where these young artists come to learn, to practice, to reach, to build, to research, to stretch, to listen, to question, to act, to Risk. Fail. and Risk Again.

National Theater Institute: Founded in 1970, a “semester-away” at NTI is a crucible and unlike any other credit-earning undergraduate training program in the nation and includes semesters in Advanced Directing and Advanced Playwriting. The NTI semester, offered in the spring and the fall, is for driven young artists eager to learn from master teachers ten hours a day, seven days a week, training in acting, directing, playwriting, design, voice, and movement. NTI also offers two Advanced Semesters in Directing and Playwriting. National Music Theater Institute (NMTI): Called the place for those "who will be writing, designing, staging, and performing the Broadway musicals of the 2020s and beyond" by Playbill, NMTI, offered in the spring and fall, is for students seeking a launchpad to the music theater profession through broad-based, ensemble training in all aspects of music theater. Offering a conservatory-like training regimen, a faculty of professionals artists, and a two week residency in New York City, NMTI is an ideal springboard for those pursuing a career in music theater to hone their craft, find their voice, and meet with like-minded collaborators.

20 undergraduate course credits are awarded through NTI's school of record, Connecticut College for the NTI semester and NMTI semesters. 16 credits are awarded for the Advanced Playwriting and Advanced Directing semesters. NTI has nurtured the careers of almost 3,500 theater artists, including: award-winning actors Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, Alias), John Krasinski (The Office, writer/director Brief Interviews with Hideous Men), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother, writer/director Liberal Arts),and Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Mr. Selfridge); directors Greg Allen (The NeoFuturists), Jeremy B. Cohen (Playwrights’ Center), Erica Schmidt, and Rebecca B. Taichman; playwright Adam Bock (The Receptionist, The Thugs, The Drunken City); producers Susan Booth (Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer, Manhattan Theatre Club); and many more.

Setting Description:
The two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, a not-for-profit theater institution, is home to a number of programs dedicated to the development of new theater, artists, and voices for the American stage. NTI's Waterford, Connecticut campus is a collection of renovated 19th-century mansions, farmhouses, and barns overlooking the Long Island Sound. The resources of the O’Neill and its 90-acre seaside campus are available for use by students. The historic campus boasts four performance venues, two libraries, administrative offices, and residences for students, staff, faculty, and artists. A recent multimillion-dollar expansion created new dormitory cottages, laundry facilities, dance studios, rehearsal rooms, and a state-of-the-art composition classroom for the National Theater Institute.
The comprehensive fee for the spring 2014 semester is $24,500 and includes tuition, room and board, theater tickets, and all costs associated with studying two weeks in London (NTI) or two weeks in New York City (NMTI). Visit the website for the most up-to-date program fees. Scholarships are available.

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