FACULTY

FACULTY

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS & MASTER TEACHERS 

NTI brings master teachers and industry professionals into your classroom. Often you'll see the work of your faculty on Broadway, off-Broadway, at regional theaters, and on film and television in the same semester. You will spend 10 hours a day working with these professionals, building skills, expanding your range as an artist, making connections, and gaining valuable mentors. 

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • 15 core faculty members work with you each week

  • 75 teaching & guest artists teach throughout the semester

  • 98% of faculty are currently working professionally

  • 14 students on average per class

  • 10 hours of instruction per day

  • 95% practical-based classes

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE 

A haven for artistic development, the O'Neill welcomes professional artists and companies to work in-residence during the semester. Students have the opportunity to learn from these artists and see the first stages of new professional work.  

Artistic Director

RACHEL JETT

Rachel Jett has been a faculty member at the National Theater Institute since 1998 and is an alum of the NTI, NTI-Advanced Directing, and Moscow Art Theatre Semesters. A 2006 Baryshnikov Fellow, she holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theater Writing Program and is the first American aspirant to Andrei Droznin, master teacher of movement at the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow, Russia.

 

Rachel is one of the few practitioners teaching his method of Russian movement in the United States. Named “One of 50 to Watch” by Dramatist Magazine, she is a lyricist/librettist and a former company member of the Helen Hayes Award-winning Stanislavsky Theater Studio and SYNETIC Theater in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she appeared in a short film written by Donna Di Novelli.

NMTI Artistic Associate

SCOTT MURPHY

Scott received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. With Nathan Christensen, he wrote Broadcast, workshopped at Playwrights Horizons, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Theater Conference, and 11th Hour Theatre Company. The two also wrote The Giver, a musical adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, seen at National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Theatreworks Palo Alto, The Village Theatre, College of the Canyons, and Pennsylvania’s Festival of the Arts.


Scott is a recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award, the Jonathan Larson Award, the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. He was selected by Stephen Sondheim to receive the Garson/Kanin Award from the Theatre Hall of Fame. Scott has worked as a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Theatre’s Songwriting in the Schools Program and is a John Duffy Composer’s Institute fellow.

CORE FACULTY

These artists often teach weekly classes throughout the semester.

Jeff Bowen wrote music and lyrics for and starred in [title of show] (OBIE Award). He wrote music and lyrics for Now. Here. This., Villians Tonight!, and theme songs for the web series “the [title of show] show” and “Squad ‘85.” His songs appear on Broadway Bares Openings and Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. He developed TV sitcoms, designed Broadway show websites, and worked as a florist. A proud member of ASCAP, AEA, Writers Guild, Dramatists Guild and the National Audubon Society, he also serves on the advisory board of Unsung Musicals and Stetson University’s School of Music.

Songwriting

Jeff Bowen

Oliver Butler

Co-Artistic Director, The Debate Society: THE LIGHT YEARS (Playwrights Horizons), JACUZZI (Ars Nova), BLOOD PLAY (Bushwick Starr), BUDDY COP 2 (Ontological), & 5 others. B'Way: WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME Off-B'Way: THOM PAIN (Signature Theater), THE AMATEURS (Vineyard Theater), THE OPEN HOUSE (Signature Theater, Lortel Best Play, Obie Direction) Regional: THE WHISTLEBLOWER (Denver Center), THOM PAIN (Geffen Playhouse), LEGACY (Williamstown), BAD JEWS (Long Wharf), AN OPENING IN TIME (Hartford) International: TIMESHARE (Australia) Sundance Institute & Bill Foeller fellow

Theatermaking

Oliver Butler

Michael Cadman trained at RADA and was a founding member of the National Youth Theatre. His screen appearances include Lindsay Anderson’s If…, Richard Lester’s How I Won the War and BBC’s Poldark & Cadfael. His stage work ranges from modern to classical, with stints in the New Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Theatre and RSC. As a writer, he’s had plays performed in Germany, the US and UK. His current work-in-progress, The Belle Sauvage, had readings at Cheltenham Rep and the O’Neill. In addition to having been NTI Artistic Director from '06-08, Michael teaches in Amsterdam, London, and NYC.

Shakespeare

Michael Cadman

Donna Di Novelli

Donna DiNovelli has a writing career spanning film, opera, and theater. As co-writer of the feature film, Madeline’s Madeline (dir. Josephine Decker), she attended the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, The Berlinale and BAM's CineFest. She created text for The Good Swimmer, a Pop Requiem (music by Heidi Rodewald) which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in 2018. She penned an award-winning short film Stag available on iTunes. With Randall Eng, she premiered the opera Florida at UrbanArias. She has won fellowships from MacDowell Colony, UCross, and The Bellagio Center.

Playwriting

Donna Di Novelli

Craig Dolezel

Craig MacArthur Dolezel is a NYC based teaching artist certified in the Fitzmaurice Voicework Technique. He has instructed at educational institutions such as Rutgers University, AMDA, NYU and HB Studios as a both a faculty member and guest instructor. Additionally, he is involved with voice/speech research projects and international teaching workshops. Recent performances include The world premiere of Marrow by Brian Quirk, in partnership with Spectrum Dance Company and Seattle Repertory, as well as the Irish National tour of Misterman by Enda Walsh.

Voice

Craig Dolezel

Alexander Gemignani

Alexander Gemignani is an actor, composer/lyricist, musical director, orchestrator, educator and artistic director. Selected B'way: Carousel (Enoch), Violet (Father), Chicago (Billy), Les Mis (Valjean), Sweeney Todd (Beadle), Assassins (Hinckley). Off-B'way: Avenue Q (Brian). Regional: Hamilton in Chicago (King George). Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center. His solo show, All At Once, premiered at Kennedy Center. He music directed and orchestrated Ragtime at Tisch (NYU). He is a member of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, a U. of Mich. alum, and Artistic Director of NMTC.

Acting & Voice

Alexander Gemignani

Jessi Hill

Jessi Hill is a NYC-based director and teaching artist. She served as Associate Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective where she co-created the Groundbreakers Playwrights Group and Groundworks new works program. She's currently Artistic Associate at Flying Carpet Theatre Co and Lit Director at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. An SDC Denham Fellowship recipient, Women's Project Lab alum, and New Georges Affiliated Artist, Jessi has taught at Yale, Juilliard, and others. Her work has been seen internationally in Edinburgh, London, New Zealand, Berlin, and Hamburg. MFA: Yale. Member SDC.

Directing

Jessi Hill

Truth Hunter obtained her bachelor's degree in Critical Social Thought with an emphasis in Post-Colonial studies at Mount Holyoke College. She then went on to pursue a graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs so that she could advocate for underrepresented college students. Truth is currently the Director of Race and Ethnicity Programs at Connecticut College and facilitates social justice workshops for colleges across the Northeast.

Microaggressions & Implicit Biases

Truth Hunter

Intimacy Directors International

Intimacy Directors International (IDI) is a not for profit organization pioneering the best practices for theatrical intimacy, simulated sex and performance nudity for theatre, tv and film.

Judi-Lewis (she/her/hers) is an intimacy/fight director, variety performer, stunt performer, and teaching artist.  As an actor, she has several regional and New York credits, including the title roles in Peter Pan, Sylvia, and Barefoot in the Park. Her work as a stunt performer has put her on the sets of Gotham, 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order(s), and the feature films The Wolf of Wall St, Enchanted, and Across the Universe. Her fight/intimacy direction credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classic Stage, NYC); Hatef**k, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (world premieres,WP Theater); A Raisin in the Sun/A Human, of Sorts (Williamstown Theater Festival).

 

She is an original member of Kendall Cornell’s Clowns Ex Machina, a critically acclaimed, all woman clown troupe performing in New York City since 2005, creating special commissioned pieces for Cirque Du Soliel & La Mama Etc. She teaches stage combat, clown and Intimacy for the Stage at NYU Tisch, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, HB Studios and National Theater Institute. Judi has over 15 years experience as a special events entertainer and producer. Most recently, Judi premiered Rock n’ Roll Mother Goose!, her rollicking one woman family show, at the NY Clown Theater Festival to rave reviews, and it continues to tour the US. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with husband Chris, daughter Elah and new pup Freckles. She is an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International; she leads workshops in Intimacy for the Stage for actors and designers at the NTI, HB Studios, NYU Tisch and The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, NYC. Visit: www.judilewisockler.com

Mitchell McCoy is a Fight Director, Intimacy Choreographer with Intimacy Directors International, Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, actor, and Reiki Master based in New York. He has most recently assisted with the violence for Pretty Woman (Broadway),Therese Raquin (Broadway), Aladdin (Broadway), Aladdin (Japan), the first U.S. national tour of Newsies, and Cleveland Playhouse's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robinhood.

Stage Combat & Intimacy Direction

Intimacy Directors International

Lexy is a proud alumna of the National Theater Institute (Fall ’10). She is a director, dramaturg and teaching artist who specializes in playwriting and new play development. She has taught with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Court Theatre, Steppenwolf for Young Adults and the National Theater Institute. She is a lead teacher for the Kennedy Center Playwright Discovery Program, working with students writing from the disability experience. She served as literary manager for the nationally recognized New Voices Young Playwright Festival featured by PBS in the 2017 Drama Arts Toolkit series. Her play Seep was produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville in the Professional Training Company’s Tens and received the Arts Louisville, Best Short Form Play Award for 2017. Lexy proudly served as a member of the Theatre Communications Group Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Cohort and a steward of the #PlayOurPart program, which provided voter registration for theater patrons. In 2018, Lexy was featured in American Theatre’s “Role Call: People to Watch”. As a dramaturg recent projects include Undesirables by Hansol Jung & Brian Quijada (NMTC ’19), untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play by Kimber Lee (NPC ’19), DoubleThink by Hansol Jung (Grahamstown National Arts Festival, ’17). She also serves as the Resident Dramaturg for the National Puppetry Conference and the NMTC Incubator Initiative.

Dramaturgy & Script Analysis

Lexy Leuszler

Forrest McClendon

Forrest McClendon is a Tony Award nominee for his Broadway debut in The Scottsboro Boys, which he reprised in Philadelphia (Barrymore Award—Best Supporting Actor in a Musical) and London, and he is featured on the Off-Broadway and West End recordings. Forrest is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, and recently received a Barrymore Award nomination for his portrayal of Ira Aldridge—the first black actor to play Othello at Covent Garden—in Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet. Recent master classes: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, Hartt School.

Acting

Forrest McClendon

G.W. "Skip" Mercier is a set, puppet, and costume designer who has designed over 370 shows. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley and then attended Yale where he was named Oenslager Scholar. Skip thrives by teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and by designing and collaborating with amazing writers, composers, directors, co-designers, artisans, and actors creating original work or making established shows seem new. Current projects: Bend It Like Beckham Toronto to B'Way; Ibsen in Chicago at Seattle Rep; The Wizard of Oz (story ballet world tour).

Set Design

G.W. "Skip" Mercier

Kat Murphy is an artist and designer who lives and works in New London. A founding member and former Artist in Residence at Hygienic Art, she is a professional decorative painter and venetian plaster artist. She has collaborated on window display design, installation art, prop sculpture, and lighting design. She creates intricate, color-rich, multilayered surfaces with vibrant color. Studies include RISD, the International Institute Madrid, and a fellowship at Griffis & Orpheus Foundation, Bulgaria. She drafted for Sol LeWitt "Wall Drawing #1196" at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Art

Kat Murphy

Erin Ortman

Erin Ortman is an NYC-based director and teaching artist. Recent projects include the Time Out Critics pick One Thousand Nights and One Day at ART/NY, as well as the critically acclaimed production of Real at The Tank. She is currently developing new plays with OSF/Classic Stage, The Roundabout, The O’Neill, NoPassport, Vintage Theatricals and a suicide prevention piece which will tour the state of Montana. She spent years teaching directing and acting at NYU as well as NTI. BFA in Musical Theatre from CCM, MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence, member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab

Directing

Erin Ortman

Ren D. Santiago is an award-winning Fila-Rican playwright from Yonkers and Harlem. She wrote Something in the Balete Tree with support from Gingold Theatrical Groups, Clubbed Thumb and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She developed The Siblings Play at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Labyrinth Theater, MCC Theater, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. A member of Rising Phoenix Rep, former Artistic Producer and founding member of Middle Voice at Rattlestick, and an eternal member of The Baldwin Project, Ren is the proud recipient of the MCC Alumni Award and Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cornelia Street Award.

Playwriting

Ren Santiago

Raised in Northern California, Anne Tofflemire starred in the San Fran productions of Side by Side by Sondheim and Rap Master Ronnie. After being discovered by lyricist Sammy Cahn, she toured in Sammy Cahn: Words & Music. Other credits include Peter Pan, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Gypsy. Winner of the Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, she appeared in NYC at Birdland, Firebird Café, Delmonico’s, and Eighty Eights, at the Plush Room in San Fran and the Gardenia in LA. Her CD is Let’s Face the Music. She teaches at Neighborhood Music School and Yale, as well as privately.

Singing

Anne Tofflemire

Marya Ursin

Marya Ursin is a dancer/mime/yogi/writer. She studied primarily with Merce Cunningham, trained in mime with Marcel Marceau, performed at BAM, DTW, Walker Arts Center, etc., and continues to train in ballet. As Artistic Director of Mystic Paper Beasts, she has performed in over 1000 venues--schools, colleges, museums, festivals, prisons--and is an artist under YAMa. She is Executive Director of Dragon’s Egg, which she dream-visioned. She assembles/directs performances based on texts e.g. The Inferno, Life is a Dream, Animal Farm. BA Art History, MA Integrative Health & Healing, LMT, RYT 500.

Yoga/Mask

Marya Ursin

Josh Wilder

Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. His work has been developed and produced across the country, including at NY Theatre Workshop, InterAct Theatre Company, National Playwrights Conference, Company One, and Milwaukee Rep. Commissions include Love’s Labour’s Lost for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and She A Gem for The Kennedy Center. Recipient of the Lorraine Hansberry Award, and an ASCAP Cole Porter Prize, Josh was a Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center; has been in residence at Royal Court Theatre; Sundance at Ucross; and served as Co-Artistic Director at Yale Cabaret. MFA: Yale.

Playwriting

Josh Wilder

Malik Work

Malik Work is a NYC based teaching artist-actor-writer-musician and a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking jazz/hip hop conglomerate. He wrote and performed a one-man hip hop musical Verses@Work, for which he was nominated for Best Solo Performance at the AUDELCO Awards. His film of the same title was featured in the Harlem International Film Festival and won the International Spotlight Award at the LA Brazilian Film Festival. He’s done Off-Broadway, TV, radio, voice-over, commercials, as well as film. He teaches in NYC and beyond. He has a BA in theatre from Conn. College.

Building a Character

Malik Work

 

TEACHING ARTISTS

These artists teach classes throughout the semester.

Susan Blackwell

Susan Blackwell

Creativity

Reginald Douglas

Reginald Douglas

Directing

Jake Jeppson

Jake Jeppson

Playwriting

Jody McAuliffe

Directing

Dawn Saito

Dawn Saito

Butoh

Michael Bradford

Directing

Richard Digby Day

Shakespeare

Elena Kuzina

Biomechanics

Kym Moore

Directing

Aimée Steele

Aimée Steele

Voice

Adam Bock

Adam Bock

Playwriting

Julie Foh

Voice

Nia Lynn

Voice & Movement

Matt Newton

Matt Newton

On-Camera Acting

Preston Whiteway

Preston Whiteway

Producing

David Chandler

David Chandler

Tai Chi

Deidre Goodwin

Deidre Goodwin

Dance

Patrese McClain

Acting

Ken Prestininzi

Playwriting

Claire Warden

Claire Warden

Intimacy Direction

Sophia Chapadjiev

Sophia Chapadjiev

Script Analysis

David Jaffe

Chekhov/Ensemble

Brian McManamon

Brian McManamon

Acting

Alicia Rodis

Intimacy Direction

 

GUEST ARTISTS

These are some of the artists who you might work with.

Oberon K.A. Adjepong

Acting

Hunter Bell

Hunter Bell

Producing

Elaine Bromka

Elaine Bromka

Acting On Camera

Jeremy Cohen

Directing

Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo

Acting

Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck

Design

Jeslyn Kelly

Movement

Anna-Maria Nabirye

Anna-Maria Nabirye

Acting

Erin O'Leary

Erin O'Leary

Alexander Technique

Seret Scott

Directing

Greg Allen

Greg Allen

Neo-Futurism

Michael Beresse

Directing

James Bundy

Directing

Kia Corthron

Playwriting

Erin Duran

Erin Duran

Gender & Sexuality

Ethan Heard

Ethan Heard

Directing

Imogen Knight

Imogen Knight

Movement

Shakina Nayfack

Shakina Nayfack

Producing

Lee Overtree

Lee Overtree

Improvisation

Caitlin Sullivan

Caitlin Sullivan

Directing

Pam Arciero

Pam Arciero

Puppetry

Emily Bergl

Acting

Christine Caleo

Alexander Technique

Carmel Dean

Carmel Dean

Composing

Marcus Gardley

Playwriting

Jo Holcomb

Dramaturgy

Judy Kuhn

Judy Kuhn

Music Theater

Kevin Newbury

Kevin Newbury

Directing

Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins

Music Theater

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich

Playwriting

Michelle Bach-Coulibaly

Michelle Bach-Coulibaly

Authentic Movement

Jonathan Bernstein

Directing

Gisela Cardenas

Directing

Peg Denithorne

Directing

Wendy C. Goldberg

Wendy C. Goldberg

Directing

Christine Toy Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson

Music Theater

Michael John LaChiusa

Music Theater

Caitlin O'Connell

Caitlin O'Connell

Directing

Lorenzo Pisoni

Lorenzo Pisoni

Physical Storytelling

Bill Barclay

Bill Barclay

Composing

Hannah Bos

Hannah Bos

Theatermaking

Victoria Clark

Victoria Clark

Music Theater

Nandita Dinesh

Immersive Theater

Anita Gonzalez

Anita Gonzalez

Cultural Landscapes

Hansol Jung

Playwriting

Emma Miller

Emma Miller

Directing