Learn about NTI from an Alum


Austin Murray

Lead Program Representative           Teaching Artist

Brittany     Ayers


"I chose NTI because I was searching for something to push me out of my comfort zone and give me a taste of what doing theater full time would feel like. Not only did NTI redefine my concept of what theater can be and do, it also helped me find my personal artistic voice. I owe so much to my time at NTI." 

Brittany Ayers (NTI Fall '12) is a hyphenate theater artist (actor-director-producer-educator) based in New York City. She is a graduate of North Greenville University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Theater Performance degree and won the award for Best Senior Honors Thesis. Brittany is also an alum of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. In 2016, Brittany was chosen as a member of the TEDxBroadway Young Professionals Program. More information and full resume can be found at brittanycorrine.com.

Brittany is the Lead NTI Program Representative because she wants to help young artists discover their unique artistic voices throughout the truly all-encompassing work done at NTI. She regularly visits and works with students across the county.



Austin Murray

Program Representative/Teaching Artist

Austin     Murray


Violet Saylor

Program Representative/Teaching Artist




"I chose NTI because I wanted introduction to unfamiliar methods of working on theater and to experience theater from around the world. My experience with NTI not only change my thoughts and beliefs about theater, but completely changed my life"

Austin Murray (MATS Fall '14) is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's Acting program as well as the NTI's Moscow Art Theatre Semester. Since graduation Austin has worked extensively with the National Theater Institute as a NTI Intern, and now as NTI Program Representative/Teaching Artist. He has worked on new plays such as Kate Tarker's Laura and the Sea at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, as well as The Square Root of Three Sisters, visionary Russian director Dimitry Krymov's adaption of Chekhov's masterpiece.

Austin is a NTI Program Representative because he wants to help young theater artists discover the holistic, rigorous and positive theater training experience that only NTI programs offer. He regularly visits and works with students in: AR, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA MI, MT, NY, NJ, PA, OH, OK, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY



"I chose NTI because I wanted a truly interdisciplinary theatre training experience in an supportive and collaborative environment. It changed my life."

Violet Saylor (NTI Fall ’14) is a graduate of Drake University where she studied directing and music theater. She is also a co-founder and director at the Ashworth Theatre Company, and has been developing a new musical while assisting and teaching in Des Moines, IA.  As a junior in college, Violet spent a transformative semester at NTI, cementing her commitment to being an interdisciplinary theater artist and challenging her to go headlong into the unfamiliar.

Violet is an NTI Program Representative/Teaching Artist because she wants to help emerging artists take risks and make big discoveries through NTI’s professional training opportunities. She regularly visits and speaks with students living in: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CT, DE, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV.


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