Advanced semesters provide student and early-career artists the opportunity to hone their craft and create a solid body of work with the guidance and tutelage of master teachers
Fall & Spring
ADVANCED DIRECTORS ARE IMMERSED IN THE PRACTICE & THEORY OF STAGE DIRECTING
CREATE THEATER 10 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK
Integrated with the NTI Semester, you learn about all facets of theater with the specific intent of preparing you to excel as a director. Studying with master teachers will help you understand the history of directing as well as challenge you to dream about the future of your craft. Skills are acquired through observerships, special theater trips, and two weeks studying abroad in London. With weekly opportunities to direct, this program strengthens your passion for directing, expands artistic boundaries, and emphasizes collaboration. It teaches you how to think about the big picture and how to convey that vision to an audience. Conferring 16 credit hours, NTI-Advanced Directing is offered in both the spring or fall semester.
Two weeks studying abroad in London, England, offers exposure to the culture, historical beauty, and theatrical richness of London. As an ensemble, you train daily in Lecoq techniques, mask work, improvisation, and clowning with the internationally renowned theater company Complicite. Additionally, you participate in NTI’s singular series of tours, workshops, and master classes with the U.K’s foremost theater artists.
Weekly Theater Labs challenge you to put what you’re 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 of a professional director, you gain practical experience with a wealth of classical and contemporary texts.
PLAYWRIGHTS AND LIBRETTISTS WEEK
Playwrights Week is dedicated to the staging of original one-act plays written, directed, designed, performed, and produced by your ensemble. This collaborative week supports and amplifies the voices of the next generation of American theater writers under the mentorship of several professional playwrights.
Theater Trips to New York City as well as to prominent regional theaters such as Yale Repertory Theatre 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 a new piece of theater unique to your ensemble. Through public performances, you showcase what you have learned and what has inspired you throughout the semester.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
DIRECTOR’S TUTORIAL (NTI-355) Students gain practical training through table work, intensive rehearsals, and presentations of scenes. Each student creates a director’s notebook for a specific script including a portfolio of images, analysis of the play’s “world,” critical interpretation of the script, and notes on staging, design, and production history.
DIRECTOR’S OBSERVERSHIP (NTI-451) Weekly classes, observerships, and workshops are arranged with professional directors and theater companies. Students attend rehearsals, observe professional directors, and work with actors and designers both at the O’Neill and in New York City as well as attend specially arranged performances. The submission of a detailed journal is required.
DIRECTOR’S PROJECTS (NTI-452) In a practical approach under the guidance of a variety of professional directors, weekly scenes are directed in a rigorous rehearsal and presentation process. In the final weeks of the semester, Advanced Directors play a major role as directors for both Playwrights Week and the Company Project.
DATES & FEES
Three Meals Daily
Two Weeks All-Inclusive Residency in London/New York City
Theater Tickets (approximately 16 shows a semester)
Two Official Transcripts
Travel to/from CT ~TBD by student
Books & Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, sundries, & souvenirs).
Refundable Room & Key Deposit ~$125
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
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