FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

THEATERMAKERS SUMMER INTENSIVE

I am relatively new to directing & the things I have directed I haven't taken photos of. What can I include for my Theatermakers-Directing Portfolio?


Include any documented materials you do have, but don’t feel like you are necessarily at a disadvantage if you don’t have photos or a large body of work under your belt. There are many different ways for you to share with us your ideas and promise as an emerging theater artist and we encourage you to consider sharing your plans for future projects, example of an annotated script, action outlines, director’s notes, ground plans, rehearsal schedules, concept images, script analysis, etc.




Can I apply to multiple focuses if I submit several applications?


You are welcome to apply for multiple focuses and submit separate applications for each. Each application will be evaluated separately.





 

NTI-ADVANCED PROGRAMS

What is your definition of "advanced"? Do I need extensive experience to apply?


Our advanced semesters are intended for students who have a pointed desire to advance themselves in the fields of either directing or playwriting. The experience levels of these applicants varies from undergraduates with minimal experience to post graduates with quite a few credits to their names to adult students looking for a career boost. If you have a desire to pursue one of these fields, by all means apply! We look for passion and drive in our students just as much as we look for prior experience, so don’t let the term “advanced” deter you from completing an application.




What are the supplemental artistic materials?


If applying for NTI-Advanced Directing, please submit up to 2-10 samples of your directing work. This could be a portfolio, rehearsal/production photos, video clips, concept statements, notated scripts. and/or plans or research for a dream production. If applying for NTI-Advanced Playwriting, please submit up to 2-5 samples of your writing. This may include samples of your playwriting style, video clips of performances or staged readings, outlines for plays yet to be written, and/or other writing samples (lyrics, composition, poetry, short story, etc.)





 

MOSCOW ART THEATRE SEMESTER

What techniques does MATS teach?


MATS students are immersed in the Stanislavski training method at the very theater where he developed his approach.




What are the passport requirements?


You MUST have a U.S. passport valid through at least six months after the end of the program. If your passport expires before then, please renew immediately. Failure to renew your passport in a timely fashion may jeopardize your enrollment in MATS.




Do I need a travel Visa for Russia? Does NTI help with that?


Yes, once accepted into the MATS program NTI help arrange your visa. The cost is the responsibility of the student ($350-$425). Please note, to provide your Visa, NTI will need your physical passport beginning in June. Passports must be valid for 18 months after the end of the semester. Additionally, the Russian Consulate requires a specific HIV test for each student traveling to Russia. The cost of the test is the responsibility of the student.




How will the current situation in Russia affect my safety at MATS?


We are proud to offer the only training program for U.S. undergraduates at the prestigious Moscow Art Theatre School. NTI has been sending students to Moscow since 1991 and understand that many students and families may have concerns about studying in Russia given the current and ever-changing political climate. Over the last 25 years, we have been witness to many less than ideal political situations through which our semester advanced without incident or impact on the training and quality of life for students. We are confident that this will be the case for the upcoming semester and are progressing with applications, enrollments, and visas as planned. The leadership of the National Theater Institute, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Moscow Art Theatre School is cognizant of the difficulty that shifts in diplomatic relations create for students who want to study abroad. There is a team of people (in Connecticut, Washington, and Moscow) monitoring the situation. We have close ties with the Russian cultural ministry and the U.S. embassy in Russia both who continue to be supportive and protective of our students studying in Moscow.

Students live in dorms which have both wi-fi, security, and a nightly curfew. Students spend the majority of their time in Moscow under supervision, either in classes at the Moscow Art Theatre School six days a week or seeing theater performances and cultural sites. Students should exercise due caution and discretion and follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of State for travel. Though Russia has its own issues with race and discrimination, the School environment is completely race blind and supportive of all students. The faculty expects everyone to become Masha or Vanya or Treplev, regardless of age, color, etc.





 

THEATERMAKERS SUMMER INTENSIVE

I am relatively new to directing & the things I have directed I haven't taken photos of. What can I include for my Theatermakers-Directing Portfolio?


Include any documented materials you do have, but don’t feel like you are necessarily at a disadvantage if you don’t have photos or a large body of work under your belt. There are many different ways for you to share with us your ideas and promise as an emerging theater artist and we encourage you to consider sharing your plans for future projects, example of an annotated script, action outlines, director’s notes, ground plans, rehearsal schedules, concept images, script analysis, etc.




Can I apply to multiple focuses if I submit several applications?


You are welcome to apply for multiple focuses and submit separate applications for each. Each application will be evaluated separately.





 

NTI-ADVANCED PROGRAMS

What is your definition of "advanced"? Do I need extensive experience to apply?


Our advanced semesters are intended for students who have a pointed desire to advance themselves in the fields of either directing or playwriting. The experience levels of these applicants varies from undergraduates with minimal experience to post graduates with quite a few credits to their names to adult students looking for a career boost. If you have a desire to pursue one of these fields, by all means apply! We look for passion and drive in our students just as much as we look for prior experience, so don’t let the term “advanced” deter you from completing an application.




What are the supplemental artistic materials?


If applying for NTI-Advanced Directing, please submit up to 2-10 samples of your directing work. This could be a portfolio, rehearsal/production photos, video clips, concept statements, notated scripts. and/or plans or research for a dream production. If applying for NTI-Advanced Playwriting, please submit up to 2-5 samples of your writing. This may include samples of your playwriting style, video clips of performances or staged readings, outlines for plays yet to be written, and/or other writing samples (lyrics, composition, poetry, short story, etc.)





NTI-ADVANCED PROGRAMS

What is your definition of "advanced"? Do I need extensive experience to apply?


Our advanced semesters are intended for students who have a pointed desire to advance themselves in the fields of either directing or playwriting. The experience levels of these applicants varies from undergraduates with minimal experience to post graduates with quite a few credits to their names to adult students looking for a career boost. If you have a desire to pursue one of these fields, by all means apply! We look for passion and drive in our students just as much as we look for prior experience, so don’t let the term “advanced” deter you from completing an application.




What are the supplemental artistic materials?


If applying for NTI-Advanced Directing, please submit up to 2-10 samples of your directing work. This could be a portfolio, rehearsal/production photos, video clips, concept statements, notated scripts. and/or plans or research for a dream production. If applying for NTI-Advanced Playwriting, please submit up to 2-5 samples of your writing. This may include samples of your playwriting style, video clips of performances or staged readings, outlines for plays yet to be written, and/or other writing samples (lyrics, composition, poetry, short story, etc.)





MOSCOW ART THEATRE SEMESTER

What techniques does MATS teach?


MATS students are immersed in the Stanislavski training method at the very theater where he developed his approach.




What are the passport requirements?


You MUST have a U.S. passport valid through at least six months after the end of the program. If your passport expires before then, please renew immediately. Failure to renew your passport in a timely fashion may jeopardize your enrollment in MATS.




Do I need a travel Visa for Russia? Does NTI help with that?


Yes, once accepted into the MATS program NTI help arrange your visa. The cost is the responsibility of the student ($350-$425). Please note, to provide your Visa, NTI will need your physical passport beginning in June. Passports must be valid for 18 months after the end of the semester. Additionally, the Russian Consulate requires a specific HIV test for each student traveling to Russia. The cost of the test is the responsibility of the student.




How will the current situation in Russia affect my safety at MATS?


We are proud to offer the only training program for U.S. undergraduates at the prestigious Moscow Art Theatre School. NTI has been sending students to Moscow since 1991 and understand that many students and families may have concerns about studying in Russia given the current and ever-changing political climate. Over the last 25 years, we have been witness to many less than ideal political situations through which our semester advanced without incident or impact on the training and quality of life for students. We are confident that this will be the case for the upcoming semester and are progressing with applications, enrollments, and visas as planned. The leadership of the National Theater Institute, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Moscow Art Theatre School is cognizant of the difficulty that shifts in diplomatic relations create for students who want to study abroad. There is a team of people (in Connecticut, Washington, and Moscow) monitoring the situation. We have close ties with the Russian cultural ministry and the U.S. embassy in Russia both who continue to be supportive and protective of our students studying in Moscow.

Students live in dorms which have both wi-fi, security, and a nightly curfew. Students spend the majority of their time in Moscow under supervision, either in classes at the Moscow Art Theatre School six days a week or seeing theater performances and cultural sites. Students should exercise due caution and discretion and follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of State for travel. Though Russia has its own issues with race and discrimination, the School environment is completely race blind and supportive of all students. The faculty expects everyone to become Masha or Vanya or Treplev, regardless of age, color, etc.





THEATERMAKERS SUMMER INTENSIVE

I am relatively new to directing & the things I have directed I haven't taken photos of. What can I include for my Theatermakers-Directing Portfolio?


Include any documented materials you do have, but don’t feel like you are necessarily at a disadvantage if you don’t have photos or a large body of work under your belt. There are many different ways for you to share with us your ideas and promise as an emerging theater artist and we encourage you to consider sharing your plans for future projects, example of an annotated script, action outlines, director’s notes, ground plans, rehearsal schedules, concept images, script analysis, etc.




Can I apply to multiple focuses if I submit several applications?


You are welcome to apply for multiple focuses and submit separate applications for each. Each application will be evaluated separately.





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NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE

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THEATERMAKERS SUMMER INTENSIVE

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