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  • Locations: Waterford, CT, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program by Theme: Arts, Media & Music Subject Areas of Interest: Theatre
Language of Study: English Campus Program Advisor: Theater Department Faculty
OCS Contact: Alicia Stanley Housing: Dorm
Program Description:

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Why study at the National Theater Institute?

  • 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.