NTI-ADVANCED DIRECTING

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

Semesters

16

Credit

Hours

Visit

London

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 

 

LONDON RESIDENCY

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.

THEATER LABS

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

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. 

COMPANY PROJECT

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.

Master Teachers &

Industry Professionals

Living at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

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ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. 16 credit hours or 4 course credits are awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete NTI-Advanced Directing Semester. Final grades are reported to Connecticut College where they are recorded by official transcript and forwarded to the student’s college or university registrar upon request. Connecticut College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. DIRECTING THEORY AND HISTORY (NTI-354) The history and theory of directing is researched and students analyze and apply to their own work the theories of landmark directors: Constantin Stanislavsky, Vsevold Meyerhold, Jerzy Grotowski, Robert Wilson, Anne Bogart, Peter Brook, and Richard Foreman, among others.
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


Fall 2020 - Sunday, September 13 – Sunday, December 20, 2020 The comprehensive fee of $28,500 includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Three Meals Daily
  • Two Weeks All-Inclusive Residency in London/New York City
  • Theater Tickets (approximately 16 shows a semester)
  • Two Official Transcripts
The numbers below are a quick look at additional expenses for the average student attending a semester with NTI. In cases of financial hardship, NTI is able to help defray the cost of books and supplies. Please contact nti@theoneill.org with questions.
  • 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


NTI endeavors to ensure access & opportunity to all students seeking a semester with us, regardless of economic circumstance. For that reason, NTI offers need-based scholarships through a need-blind admission policy. > Learn more about Scholarships & Financial Aid.




TESTIMONIALS


“I love that NTI (AD) was about honing my craft - even in the absence of inspiration. The program's rapid process forced me to trust and grow my ability as a director even when I didn't have all the answers. I've learned to trust my gut when I'm in a squeeze. I also enjoyed having a variety of directing teachers and mentors so that I could take parts I liked from each." “I really appreciated the small classes sizes for the ADs. I felt like I was given a lot of individual attention by my teachers and that we were able to use class time to focus on questions and topics that were important to us. The variety of my teachers and their breadth of knowledge was fantastic. The combination of their instruction and the practical experience theater labs helped me grow exponentially.” “NTI forced me to reevaluate everything I thought I knew about myself as a theatermaker. I came as a director, and I’m leaving as an artist. “The experience of attending the NTI-AD semester was so transformative I'm not sure where to begin... Because of NTI, I now feel more confident as a director, singer, composer, designer, and actor, which I did not expect when I arrived there. I now feel as if I'm walking away with a whole new toolbox of skills that I'll be able to draw on, even outside of the theatre world, which I'm really grateful for.”




LONDON RESIDENCY


Two weeks studying abroad in London, England offers exposure to the culture, history, and theatrical excellence of London. As an ensemble, you train daily in Lecoq mask techniques, improvisation, and clowning with the internationally renowned theater company Complicite. This period of ensemble building is complemented by cultural immersion, as students experience the city of London. You may embark on a sight-seeing walking tour, trips to cultural institutions like the National Gallery or the Tate, and even visit landmarks like Stonehenge, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London. Students live together at the Astor Hyde Park Hostel, as housing, travel, and meals in London are including in your comprehensive tuition. Additionally, you participate in NTI’s singular series of workshops and master classes with the U.K’s foremost theater artists, like Richard Digby Day, Anna-Maria Nabirye, and Bill Barclay. You'll become a groundling at the Globe and a regular at the National Theatre, attending performances nearly every night. The London residency is a chance for students to delve into a culture rich with theatrical history and exciting modernizations while trying out the creative's life in a major city within the safety and support of their NTI ensemble.




SAMPLE SCHEDULE


> View the Advanced Directing sample schedule. A Day in the Life at Advanced Directing 7:00am – Wake up! Quick shower, double-check I have my sides and notebook in my backpack, and I’m ready for the day. 7:25am – Arrive at the Dina Merrill Theater for yoga warm-up with Marya. The long savasana at the end was like an extra 10 minutes of sleep! 8:20am – I eat breakfast (scrambled eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns – yum) while running lines with my scene partner. 8:50am – I head next to the Lopez studio to observe Building a Character with Malik Work. While AD’s don’t take every acting class that NTI students do, we observe them from time to time so we know what kind of language they’re using in class, and to see our actors work in other environments outside our weekly rehearsals. 10:30am – I’m directing Into the Woods for our Theater Labs this week, so I need to use our AD study time to review the score and do some research. I’ve never directed a musical before, but Scott Murphy talked through the show with me to help find where the Bean Theme occurs in my scene. 12:05pm – Lunch! I catch up with other students over our Mongolian Beef Bowls and run my new scene idea past Scott. 1:00pm – Lexy Leuszler is the O’Neill’s Literary Manager, and after lunch, we meet with her to discuss best practices on play reading and text analysis. Lexy’s an NTI alum herself, so she knows exactly how to help us prepare for new work each week despite our busy schedule. 3:30pm – Next, Suzie Agin joins us in the library for Directing for New Works. In a few weeks, we’ll be directing our classmates (and maybe our own!) work for the Playwrights & Liberttists week, so learning how to talk about a play with the playwright in the room is vital. 5:00-6:00pm – Q&A with one of my favorite actors, Tonya Pinkins. I feel so lucky to get to meet these incredible people and hear stories of when they were young creators like me. 6:15pm – I get to dinner a bit late because I stay after the Q&A to chat with Tonya. Eventually we decide to walk over to the cafeteria and some classmates join us for our penne with pesto dinner (gluten-free for me!). 7:00pm – Residency presentations are an unexpected treat during the NTI semester. This week, Erin Ortman, Ari Afsar, Lauren Gunderson, Jennifer Lin, and Meg Zervoulis present songs from their new musical as part of the NMTC Incubator series. It’s unlike anything I’ve heard before – and so incredible to see an all-woman creative team! 10:00pm – Homework time! I over my Director’s Notebook project due tomorrow and start my 5 pages of a kitchen sink drama for Playwriting class later this week. Spending time writing my own work has given me new perspectives when directing, so I’m really enjoying how interdisciplinary my studies are. 12:00am – Bedtime! Days at NTI are long, but packed full of incredible opportunities and experiences. I can’t wait to get up tomorrow and do it all over again.





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