The National Theater Institute has been described by the New York Times as a "boot camp" for aspiring young theatre artists.
In a thirteen-week semester - comprised of seven-day schedules - students are offered a very intensive, wide-ranging and practical experience in professional theatre in an atmosphere similar to that of a repertory company working together on a series of projects.
The program is housed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, a 90-acre estate including residential buildings, acting studios, two open-air theatres, and a cabaret space. The core curriculum consists of voice, playwriting, costume and scene design, movement, directing, and acting classes enhanced by the staging of works-in-progess.
The semester ends in a final project, which draws together the major elements in acting, culminating in public performances. An advanced directing program is also offered, normally during the spring semester. Students undertake a two-week workshop in the United Kingdom in Stratford-upon-Avon as a part of the regular NTI semester. The workshops are based on English classical texts, British folk dancing, and choral singing, revolving around a special project that is rehearsed and performed in Stratford.
Internship opportunities are available to NTI alumni as well as auditions for summer theatre.
Group housing is available at the O'Neill Theater Center.
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:
Proven ability to handle the demands of disciplined theatre work. Required interview in person or by telephone.