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Austin Murray

Program Representative/Teaching Artist

Austin      Murray


Violet Saylor

Program Representative/Teaching Artist




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 of the intensity of the schedule. I wanted to prove to myself that I could eat, sleep, and breathe theater for the rest of my life. I was pleasantly surprised by how much more I got out of the program. It  deepened my love for theater and my confidence for making it more than I could have ever imagined.”

Carrigan O'Brian (NTI Fall ’15) is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she studied acting and psychology. After acting for most of her life, she switched gears after graduation and started working frequently for the Phoenix Theater Ensemble as a dramaturg and assistant director. She also started working for notable non-profit theater organizations such as Adam Driver’s Arts in the Armed Forces, which brings theater to Military Veterans, and the 52nd Street Project, which allows marginalized students to write their own shows!

Carrigan is an NTI Program Representative/Teaching Artist because she wants to help other theater lovers find a creative, hardworking and passionate network of like-minded thinking people. She regularly visits and speaks with students living at theater festivals and conferences throughout the country. 



"I chose NTI because I wanted a truly interdisciplinary theater 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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