NATIONAL MUSIC THEATER INSTITUTE
Fall & Spring
NMTI ENABLES STUDENTS TO CREATE ORIGINAL WORK, LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE FUTURE OF MUSIC THEATER.
CREATE THEATER 10 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK
Pursuing a career in music theater? NMTI is a laboratory, an exploration into the depths of what it means to be a complete music theater artist. From 7:30am to 10pm, seven days a week, you are creating theater. The 14-week program is the ideal springboard to hone your craft, find your voice, and meet with like-minded collaborators. Conferring 20 credit hours, the National Music Theater Institute is offered only in the fall semester.
NEW YORK CITY RESIDENCY
During a two-week residency in the epicenter of American music theater - New York City, you will train with professionals in a singular series of workshops and master classes. You will visit designers and dancers in their studios; have conversations with orchestrators, writers, and performers; see a variety of performances; take a backstage tour of Broadway theater; and have Q&A opportunities with New York’s brightest creative luminaries.
MUSIC THEATER LABS
Weekly Music Theater Labs challenge you to put what you are learning in class on its feet. When given just 15 hours to stage a scene, you learn to trust your creative instincts. Under the mentorship or a professional guest artist, you gain practical experience with a wealth of music theater works.
PLAYWRIGHTS' AND LIBRETTISTS' WEEK
Playwrights and Librettists Week is dedicated to the staging of new 30-minute musicals written, composed, directed, choreographed, performed, and produced by your ensemble. This collaborative week provides a first glance at the future of the American musical under the mentorship of current contributors to the music theater cannon.
Theater Trips to New York City as well as to prominent regional theaters such as Yale Repertory Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, and the A.R.T. are frequently taken. These excursions often feature exclusive opportunities to learn more about the artistic process with cast and creative teams.
During Company Project, your ensemble collaboratively produces a full-length work guided by a prompt. You have two weeks to devise an original musical unique to your ensemble. Through public performances, you showcase what you have learned and what has inspired you throughout the semester.