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Take a look through the National Theater Institute brochure! Founded in 1970, NTI's credit-earning theater intensives — taught by industry professionals and master teachers — train actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers in comprehensive training. Graduates leave NTI with the skill sets to produce, write, direct, and act in their own work, as well as create their own path in the industry.

Artistic Director

RACHEL JETT

NTI is a practicum. It is your laboratory. We hope

to test your limits. We hope that you exceed your own

expectations and perceptions of what those limits

may be. We hope to redefine what you believe is

possible, the possibilities of what can happen in a

day, and the possibilities of what can happen on

the stage. The people you work with here join you

on your professional and personal journey sharing

a common experience, language, and work ethic

in a craft that we believe is vitally important,

essential to our lives and our society.

Ready? Let’s begin.


NTI IS THE PLACE...

where driven young artists flock to learn 10 hours a day,

seven days a week, training across all theatrical disciplines.

where master teachers and industry professionals choose to teach.

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NATIONAL

THEATER

INSTITUTE

SEMESTER

NATIONAL

MUSIC

THEATER

INSTITUTE

where aspiring theatermakers meet one another and go on to

create their own work for decades afterward, founding new

companies and pushing American theater forward.

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NTI

ADVANCED

DIRECTING

where actors find they are also playwrights; where

directors find they are also designers and dancers.

NTI

ADVANCED

PLAYWRITING

where new composers, directors, writers, designers, and actors

realize they can do it all.

to Risk, Fail, and Risk Again.

MOSCOW

ART THEATRE

SEMESTER

THEATER-

MAKERS

SUMMER

INTENSIVE


Much of what we now take for granted

in contemporary theater contains DNA that

can be traced back to a green patch of

land overlooking the Long Island Sound in

Waterford, CT.

– The O’Neill: Transformation of Modern American Theater

by Jeffrey Sweet. Published by Yale University Press 2014.

your launchpad

EUGENE O’NEILL THEATER CENTER

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the nation’s preeminent developmental theater

and the recipient of two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts. The O’Neill is

home to the National Theater Institute and dedicated to nurturing new work and new

artists. Additional programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National

Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference,

and Cabaret & Performance Conference. Originating the process of developing new

plays through script-in-hand staged readings, scores of projects developed at the

O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world including

Broadway, off-Broadway, London’s West End, and major regional theaters.

The launchpad of American theater, the O’Neill is and has been an artistic home

to writers August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Edward Albee,

John Patrick Shanley, Kia Corthron, Christopher Durang, Jeanine Tesori, John

Guare, Robert Lopez, David Auburn, Theresa Rebeck, Samuel D. Hunter, Jennifer

Haley, Alfred Uhry, Tom Kitt, and John Logan; directors Lloyd Richards, Jason Moore,

Leigh Silverman, Thomas Kail, and Rebecca Taichman; actors Michael Douglas,

Meryl Streep, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Al Pacino, Sarah Jessica Parker,

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cynthia Nixon, Kelli O’Hara, and Steve Kazee.


NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE

SEMESTER

NTI is a 14-week laboratory where you gain tangible

tools while creating new work. From 7:30am to 10pm,

seven days a week, you work as a member of an

ensemble finding out what excites you about the art of

theater and developing the skills to boldly apply that

knowledge to your work.

Fall &

Spring

Semesters

20

Credit

Hours

Two

Weeks in

London

Classes include Contemporary Acting, Playwriting, Directing, Singing, Dance, Stage

Combat, Improv, Producing, Shakespeare, Design, Droznin, Movement and Voice,

Composition, Audition Technique, and Acting for the Camera.

Two Weeks Studying Abroad offers exposure to the cultural, historical, and theatrical

richness of London. You train in Lecoq technique with the internationally renowned

company Complicite, see shows, and participate in NTI’s singular series of master classes.

Weekly Theater Labs challenge you to put what you’re learning in class on its feet.

When given just 15 hours to stage a scene, you learn to trust your creative instincts.

Under the mentorship of a professional director, you gain practical experience with a

wealth of classical and contemporary texts.

Attend Professional Performances on Broadway, off-Broadway, and at notable

regional theaters throughout the semester.

Playwrights’ & Librettists’ Week is dedicated to the staging of original oneact

plays written, directed, designed, performed, and produced by your ensemble.

This collaborative week supports and amplifies the voices of the next generation of

American theater writers under the mentorship of several professional playwrights.

During Company Project, your ensemble collaboratively produces a full-length

work guided by a prompt. You have two weeks to devise a new piece of theater

unique to your ensemble. Through public performances, you showcase what you

have learned and what has inspired you throughout the semester.


NATIONAL MUSIC THEATER

INSTITUTE

NMTI is a laboratory, an exploration into the depths of what it

means to be a complete music theater artist. From 7:30am to

10pm, seven days a week, you are creating theater. The 14-week

program enables you to hone your craft, find your voice, and meet

with like-minded collaborators all while creating original work.

Fall

Semester

20

Credit

Hours

Two

Weeks in

New York

Classes include Song Performance, Acting, Dance, Choreography, Composition,

Lyric Writing, Song Analysis, Voice into Text, Music Theater History, Droznin, Audition

Technique, Business of the Business, Improv, Directing, and Movement and Voice.

Two Weeks Studying in NYC, the epicenter of music theater, allows you to train

with professionals in a singular series of master classes. Attend nightly performances

and participate in Q&As with artists working in every facet of music theater.

Weekly Music Theater Labs challenge you to put what you are learning in

class on its feet. When given just 15 hours to stage a scene, you learn to trust your

creative instincts. Under the mentorship of a professional guest artist, you gain

practical experience with a wealth of music theater works.

Attend Professional Performances on Broadway, off-Broadway, and at

notable regional theaters throughout the semester.

Playwrights’ & Librettists’ Week is dedicated to the staging of new

30-minute musicals written, composed, directed, choreographed, performed, and

produced by your ensemble. This collaborative week provides a first glance at the

future of the American musical under the mentorship of current contributors to the

music theater canon.

During Company Project, your ensemble collaboratively produces a full-length

work guided by a prompt. You have two weeks to devise an original work unique to

your ensemble. Through public performances, you showcase what you have learned

and what has inspired you throughout the semester.


NTI’s Advanced Semesters provide

student and early-career artists

the opportunity to hone their craft

and create a solid body of work

with the guidance and tutelage of

master teachers.

NTI-ADVANCED

DIRECTING

NTI-ADVANCED

PLAYWRITING

Fall &

Spring

Semesters

16

Credit

Hours

Two

Weeks in

London

Spring

Semester

16

Credit

Hours

Two

Weeks in

London

Advanced Directors are immersed in the practice and theory of stage directing.

Integrated with the NTI Semester, you learn about all facets of theater with the specific

intent of preparing you to excel as a director. Studying with professional directors

helps you understand the history of directing and challenges you to dream about

the future of your craft. Skills are acquired through observerships, special theater

trips, and two weeks studying abroad in London. With weekly opportunities to direct,

this practical-based program strengthens your passion for directing, expands artistic

boundaries, and emphasizes collaboration. It teaches you how to think about the big

picture and how to convey that vision to an audience.

Advanced Playwrights expand their craft and refine their voice at the home of new play

development. Under the guidance of some of America’s best contemporary playwrights,

you learn the process and craft of playwriting as well as the business of producing your

own work. Advanced Playwrights write new plays every week which are given readings by

fellow ensemble members. You leave with a portfolio of plays and an arsenal of contacts.

Through integration with the NTI Semester, you will take a variety of workshops and

master classes to deepen your skills as a well-rounded theater artist and spend two weeks

studying abroad in London. Advanced Playwrights also take part in the Humana Festival

of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky.


MOSCOW ART THEATRE

SEMESTER

Fall

Semester

20

Credit

Hours

Acclaimed

US-Russia

Partnership

“Why go to MATS? We offer a total immersion in the craft of

theater. You will experience the vitality of one of the world’s

first-class theaters and Moscow’s best teachers. Come to Moscow

to challenge yourself as a professional. There are very few places

in the world where theater truly matters. This is one.”

– ANATOLY SMELIANKSY,

President, Moscow Art Theatre School

Classes include Daily Acting, Russian Movement, Ballet, Traditional Dance,

Stage Design, Russian Theater History, Russian Language, Singing, Cinema History,

and Stage Combat.

Experience Conservatory Rigor with classes 10am to 6pm, six days a week,

taught by masters at one of the world’s most renowned theater schools.

Immerse Yourself in the Culture by attending up to 25 performances of

theater, opera, ballet, and concerts as well as frequent museum and cultural visits,

plus a weekend in St. Petersburg.

Live in the Heart of Moscow in a newly renovated dormitory, offering double

or single rooms, with a kitchen, Wi-Fi, excellent security, and laundry.

Discover the Birthplace of Modern Drama as a student of the Stanislavski

method in the very theater where he developed his approach. NTI and the Moscow

Art Theatre School enjoy one of the longest and most celebrated continual cultural

exchanges between the US and Russia.


THEATERMAKERS

SUMMER INTENSIVE

6 Week

Summer

Program

8

Credit

Hours

New Work

Intensive

Theatermakers invites actors, directors, and playwrights to

train intensively in a single discipline while producing

new works alongside the O’Neill’s professional conferences.

Classes include Business of the Business, Authentic Movement, Songwriting,

Acting for the Camera, Droznin, Shakespeare, Composing for Non-Composers,

Puppetry, Audition Technique, New Play Development, Improv, Music Theater, and

exclusive Q&As with prominent guest artists.

Original Work comes to life each week written, directed, and performed by the

Theatermakers ensemble. Your work is given public presentations as part of the

O’Neill’s summer season. Theatermakers enables you to perform in at least six new

shows throughout the summer.

Mentorship is provided through daily master classes and workshops. Train with

award-winning professionals and emerging artists who help guide you through the

rigorous practice of producing your own work each week.

Cultivate Professional Experience through assistantships and observerships

while creating new work with the National Playwrights Confer ence and the National

Music Theater Conference. Additionally, you also gain exposure to the latest

developments in the arts of Puppetry, Criticism, and Producing.


FACULTY

NTI brings master teachers and industry

professionals into your classroom. Often you’ll

see the work of your faculty on Broadway,

off-Broadway, at regional theaters, and on

film and television in the same semester. You

will spend 10 hours a day working with these

professionals, building skills, expanding your

range as an artist, making connections, and

gaining valuable mentors.​

Learn more about our faculty at

NationalTheaterInstitute.org/faculty

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Tony Award-nominated actor Forrest McClendon

teaching “Choicework,” a technique for actors

NMTI Associate Scott Murphy teaching Composition

core faculty

members

work with you

each week

guest

artists teach

throughout

the semester

of faculty

are currently

working

professionally

Performance artist Shakina Nayfack

rehearsing a reading of her new play with students

14 10 95%

students

on average

per class

hours of

instruction

per day

practical-based

classes

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

A haven for artistic development,

the O’Neill welcomes professional artists

and companies to work in residence during

the semester. Students have the opportunity

to learn from these artists and see the

first stages of new professional work.

Broadway actress Susan Blackwell

teaching her signature class Now. Here. This.


CAMPUS LIFE

Living at the O’Neill

The historic campus boasts four performance venues, two libraries, administrative

offices, a cafeteria, and residences for students, staff, faculty, and artists. A recent

multimillion-dollar expansion created rehearsal and dance studios, a state-of-theart

composition classroom, laundry facilities, and new dormitory cottages. Cottages

have double and single bedrooms as well as a common area to study, socialize, or

even stage a scene. All meals are served by our resident chefs. Apprentices, often

NTI alums, ensure your well-being and are reachable 24 hours a day, seven days

a week. Easily accessible by car or train, the O’Neill is located two hours from

New York City and Boston.

America’s Theater Campus

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Waterford, Connecticut campus is a collection

of renovated 19th-century mansions, farmhouses, and barns overlooking the Long

Island Sound. To study at the O’Neill is to create theater on equal footing with the

theatrical luminaries who have also called this campus home for over 50 years. The

theaters are your classrooms and every day you are tasked with presenting your best

work onstage and off. Come discover what it is to work in an atmosphere of complete

creativity, where you are encouraged to risk, fail, and risk again.


OUR ALUMNI

Join a community of over 3,500 alumni working in

all facets of the arts, theater, film, and televsion!

JENNIFER GARNER

Actor, Producer

13 Going On 30

NTI Fall ‘93

JOHN KRASINSKI

Actor, Director, Writer

The Office • NTI Fall ‘01

AUSTIN SMITH

Actor • Hamilton

MATS ‘09

RACHEL DRATCH

Actor, Writer, Comedian

SNL • NTI Fall ‘86

ADAM BOCK

Obie Award-winning

Playwright

NTI Fall ‘84

JIEHAE PARK

Playwright

NTI Spring ‘01

JOSH RADNOR

Actor, Director, Writer

How I Met Your Mother

NTI Spring ‘95

RECENT ALUMNI

REBECCA TAICHMAN

Tony Award-winning Director

NTI Fall ‘92

ALUMNI THEATER COMPANIES

The Civilians The Debate Society The Neo-Futurists

Superhero Clubhouse Drive Theater Company

MaineStage Shakespeare 500 Clown The Hearth

ELIZABETH OLSEN

Actor • Avengers

MATS ‘09

Alumni from the past five years are working in

a variety of roles across theater & entertainment:

Performing in national tours

Acting at regional theaters

Directing off-Broadway

Booking commercial voiceovers

Assistant to Encores! Off-Center co-artistic directors

Jeanine Tesori and Anne Kauffman

Leading role in The Book of Mormon National Tour

Assistant to Paula Vogel

Digital Producer at The Boston Globe

Assistant to the Artistic Director at

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Working off-Broadway at Ars Nova,

Sleep No More, Primary Stages, and Bedlam


ADMISSIONS

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy The National Theater Institute seeks to attract

students of diverse backgrounds. No applicant for admission is discriminated against on the

basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or national or ethnic origin.

Program Fees

For current rates, please visit NationalTheaterInstitute.org

NTI, NMTI, NTI-AD & AP

Comprehensive fee includes

• Tuition

• Housing

• Three Meals Daily

• Two Weeks All-Inclusive

Residency in London/

New York City

• Theater Tickets

• Two Official Transcripts

MATS

Comprehensive fee includes

• Orientation in CT

• Airfare to/from Moscow

• Tuition

• Housing

• Theater & Museum Tickets

• Trip to St. Petersburg

• Two Official Transcripts

*Meals & Visa not included

Theatermakers

Comprehensive fee includes

• Tuition

• Housing

• Three Meals Daily

• Theater Excursions

• Tickets to 12 O’Neill Summer

performances

• Two Official Transcripts

Application Deadlines

Summer and Fall Semesters: March 20

Theatermakers, NTI, NTI-AD, NMTI, MATS

Spring Semesters: October 20

NTI, NTI-AD, NTI-AP

Apply Online: NationalTheaterInstitute.org

Admission to NTI is competitive; applicants are encouraged to apply in advance of

the deadlines. Early applications may receive early acceptance.

NTI welcomes applications from gap-year students, undergraduate students,

and post-graduates. When selecting students, NTI looks for a proven ability to

handle the demands of disciplined theater work and to be a positive and contributing

member of an ensemble. Applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of the

opportunities and challenges of an intensive study and a determination to complete

the chosen program in a conscientious manner.

Contact

(860) 443-7139

Admissions@NationalTheaterInstitute.org

Visit

305 Great Neck Road

Waterford, CT 06385

www.NationalTheaterInstitute.org

Financial Aid The National Theater Institute endeavors to ensure access for those seeking

the transformative experience of NTI, regardless of economic circumstance. Varying levels of

tuition assistance are awarded to students with demonstrated need. Please check to determine

which existing loans, grants, and scholarships can be applied to NTI programs.

International Students The National Theater Institute is committed to diverse educational

and theatrical experiences and welcomes students from around the world. NTI provides

support for enrolling non-US students seeking a J-1 visa. Students are responsible for their

visa fees and processing.

Official Transcripts Connecticut College is the National Theater Institute’s school of record

and issues official transcripts for courses completed through NTI’s programs. Connecticut

College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Course Catalog

NTI Semester

DIRECTING (NTI-201)

PLAYWRITING (NTI-202)

DESIGN (NTI-210)

ACTING (NTI-300)

MOVEMENT & VOICE (NTI-310)

Moscow Art Theatre Semester

RUSSIAN THEATER HISTORY & CINEMA (MXT-251)

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE (MXT-252)

ACTING (MXT-253)

DESIGN (MXT-254)

MOVEMENT & VOICE (MXT-310)

NTI-Advanced Directing

DIRECTING THEORY AND HISTORY (NTI-354)

DIRECTOR’S TUTORIAL (NTI-355)

DIRECTOR’S OBSERVERSHIP (NTI-451)

DIRECTOR’S PROJECTS (NTI-452)

National Music Theater Institute

DIRECTING FOR MUSIC THEATER (NMTI-202)

WRITING THE MUSICAL (NMTI-203)

ACTING FOR MUSIC THEATER (NMTI-301)

SINGING & VOICE (NMTI-311)

DANCE & MOVEMENT (NMTI-312)

Theatermakers

THE COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE (NTI-470)

and one of the following:

DIRECTING INTENSIVE (NTI-471)

PLAYWRITING INTENSIVE (NTI-472)

ACTING INTENSIVE (NTI-473)

NTI-Advanced Playwriting

SCRIPT ANALYSIS & PLAYWRIGHT MENTORSHIP (NTI-356)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR WRITERS (NTI-357)

ADVANCED PLAYWRITING (NTI-453)

PLAY LAB (NTI-454)


RISK. FAIL. RISK AGAIN.

With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, the National

Theater Institute’s six semester-long programs offer students a springboard to

the professional world at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, recipient of

two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts, and the world-renowned

Moscow Art Theatre School. Founded in 1970, NTI’s credit-earning theater

intensives, taught by industry professionals and master teachers, train actors,

singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers

who are high school graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates.

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