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National Theater Institute (C) Derek Hayn for CenterbrookWith a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, NTI’s semester-long programs offer students a launchpad to the professional world at the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. 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.

National Theater Institute Semester
NTI is a laboratory where you gain tangible tools while creating new work. NTI 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. Additionally, two weeks are spent studying in London. NTI also offers semesters in Advanced Directing and Advanced Playwriting.

National Music Theater Institute
Called the place for those “who will be writing, designing, staging, and performing the Broadway musicals of the 2020s and beyond” by Playbill, NMTI is for students seeking a launchpad into the music theater profession through broad-based, ensemble training. Offering a conservatory-like training regimen, a faculty of professionals artists, and a two week residency in New York City, NMTI enable artists to hone their craft, find their voice, and meet with like-minded collaborators.

Theatermakers Summer Intensive
Theatermakers enables actors, directors, and playwrights to spend six weeks training in a single discipline and producing new work alongside the O’Neill’s professional national conferences. In addition to daily classes, students bring original work to life each week written, directed, and performed by their ensemble.

Moscow Art Theatre Semester

NTI’s Moscow Art Theatre Semester is a prestigious, credit-earning 13-week study abroad program offered every fall. It provides the only opportunity for American undergraduates to train in acting, movement, voice, Russian theater history, design, and language at the famed school.


NTI alums work in cities such as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and London. Their talents can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in film and on television, and at every major regional theater. Graduates include: Josh Radnor (actor, writer, director HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, LIBERAL ARTS), Elizabeth Olsen (actress AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON), John Krasinski (actor, writer, director THE OFFICE, PROMISED LAND), Jennifer Garner (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, JUNO), and Jeremy Piven (actor ENTOURAGE, MR. SELFRIDGE).

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. 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 & media studio.
Six dormitory cottages are home to approximately a dozen students in double or single rooms. Each cottage has a common area to study, socialize, or even stage a scene. Three meals a day are served on-site by our resident chefs. Special consideration is given to accommodate dietary restrictions and the cafeteria offers continual access to snacks and beverages. Interns, often NTI alums, ensure your well-being and are reachable both in-person and by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Easily accessible by car or train, the O’Neill is located on the Connecticut shoreline, two hours from New York City or Boston.
For over 50 years the O’Neill has been an artistic training ground. To study at the O’Neill is to create theater on equal footing with the hundreds of theatrical luminaries who have also called this campus home. 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.

Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. 8-20 credit hours are awarded depending on the program. Final grades are reported to Connecticut College where they are recorded by official transcript and forwarded to the student’s college or university registrar upon request. Connecticut College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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NTI welcomes applications from gap-year students, undergraduate students, and post-graduates.

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