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National Theater Institute

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

305 Great Neck Road

Waterford, CT 06385

Admissions Office:

860-443-5378 ext. 284

NTI Administrative Office:

(860) 443-7139

Business Office: 

(860) 443-5378 ext. 212

The O'Neill's Main Line: 

(860) 443-5378



Rachel Jett

Artistic Director

Rachel Jett, is honored to serve as the Artistic Director of NTI, and has been a faculty member of the National Theater Institute since 1998. She is an alum of NTI, MATS and the Advanced Directing Semester. She holds an MFA from TISCH in Music Theater Writing and attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Ok.

She was the first American aspirant to the innovative and esteemed Russian movement coach and teacher Andrei Droznin. She was an original company member of Synetic Theater in Washington DC and teaches workshops at various universities and colleges Connecticut College, Juilliard, Bryn Mawr, Wheaton, Wellesley, Smith, Wesleyan and New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA).

Rachel was honored at the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018 for her service as an educator. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Writer’s Block Inc in New London.

Her performances include The Body Artist by Don Delillo and NOT ONE DAY by Anne Garrete, directed and adapted by Jody McAuliffe. She was the choreographer for Songs For a New World by Jason Robert Brown directed by Nicole Brewer.

She has directed The Wolves By Sarah DeLappe and Love and Information by Carol Churchill, and She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen for Connecticut College. She is the proud mama of Jett and Phoenix


Want to see what NTI is really like in person? Come visit campus!

Reach out to to schedule a visit to our beautiful campus in Waterford, CT. You’ll take a tour of campus, sit in on classes and rehearsals, and join students, NTI staff, and faculty for a meal. Because NTI students have class seven days a week, there is always something fun to see. Please note, NTI is not able to provide housing for visiting students.

Not able to visit? No problem!
Check out what campus looks like and call us with any questions.


Union Station - New London

27 Water Street, New London, CT 06320

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T.F Green Airport

2000 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886

Bradley International Airport

Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096

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