FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

What is the National Theater Institute?


With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, the National Theater Institute's six semester-long programs offer students a springboard to the professional world at the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Founded in 1970, NTI's credit-earning theater intensives, taught by industry professionals and master teachers, train actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers who are high school graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates. Programs include the National Theater Institute Semester (NTI), Advanced Playwriting (NTI-AP), Advanced Directing (NTI-AD), National Music Theater Institute (NMTI), Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS), and Theatermakers Summer Intensive (TM). Connecticut College is the school of record and issues transcripts for all programs.




Who is eligible?


Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma, GED, or demonstrate the ability to benefit. The National Theater Institute welcomes applicants undertaking a gap-year (between secondary school and university), undergraduate students, post-graduates, and professionals looking for a broad-based theatrical training intensive.

In our selection process, we look for a proven ability to handle the demands of disciplined theater work and to be a positive and contributing member of an ensemble. Successful applicants demonstrate a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges of an intensive semester of study as well as a determination to complete the chosen program in a conscientious manner.




What is unique about National Theater Institute?


The immersion into the craft of theater that you receive at NTI is unmatched at any other program. The sheer amount of hours you are given to devote solely to developing your art is unique in and of itself. We also believe our extensive faculty of working professionals and our vast alumni network are great and unique aspects of any NTI program.




How can I tell which is the right program for me?


The NTI and NMTI semesters tend to draw incredibly passionate students who thrive in an ensemble and prefer to have an outlet for creativity in the theater beyond just one discipline. The NTI students want to focus more intently on the production of dramatic theater, while the NMTI students want to focus more intently on the production music theater. These are students of varying ages and levels of professional experience. They are total theater artists who wish to improve in every area of theatrical expression and genuinely wish to develop their craft with a group of like minded peers.

The Advanced Semesters ( Directing and Playwriting) tend to draw students with a set focus, but understand the importance of ensemble and creating collectively. These students tend to be upperclassman or post grad, mostly because it is important for these students to have experience directing and writing plays prior to studying with us. These students are seeking to hone their craft through constant creation of new material.

MATS students tend to be focused and passionate actors who are interested in a cultural experience as well as intensive theater training. These students tend to be committed actors and wish to experience first hand the profound impact Russian training has had on the American theater and cinema.
The Theatermakers tend to be similar to the Advanced students in that they come in having a focus and appreciate ensemble training. The difference lies in the desire to present their work to a professional audience on a weekly basis, these public presentations are a core component of the Theatermakers Summer Intensive.




I'm not a theater major, can I still study with you?


Absolutely! NTI provides rigorous theater training across all artistic disciplines and is designed to complement a liberal arts education. While students studying theater certainly do attend NTI, our training is also beneficial to students looking to broaden their horizons outside of their majors. Often, NTI credits are able to apply as elective credits for students with a vested interest in theater that happen to be majoring in another field. Below is a list of some of the declared majors of our students: Acting; Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Arts Administration; Arts Entrepreneurship; Asian Studies; Biology; Business Management; Chemistry; Cinema; Comparative Studies; Composition; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Design and Technology; Directing; Drama; Dramatic Writing; Economics; Education; English; Feminist Studies; Film & Television Production; French; Gender Studies; Global Studies; Government; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Studies; Literature; Management Studies; Managerial Economics; Mathematics; Media Studies; Music; Musical Theater; Performance; Piano Performance; Playwriting; Political Science; Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities; Psychology; Religion; Rhetoric; Russian Language; Russian/Slavic Studies; Social Justice; Sociology; Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry; Studio Art; Theater; Theater & Cinema Performance; Theater Arts; Theater Directing; Theater Education; Theater Performance; Theater Production; Theater Studies; Vocal Arts; Vocal Performance; Writing




How many credits are earned & how do they transfer?


Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. Credits are awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the program. 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. Students are encouraged to check with thier academic advisor to confirm policies for study abroad, off-campus courses, and/or transfer credits. Please contact NTI with any questions. NTI, NMTI, MATS 20 credit hours or 5 course credits
NTI-AD, NTI-AP 16 credit hours or 4 course credits
Theatermakers Summer Intensive 8 credit hours or 2 course credits




Do I have to find my own housing?


No, all students live and work on the O’Neill’s campus. In fact, due to the intensity of the schedule and the ensemble nature of the training at NTI, we require students to live on the O’Neill campus for the duration of the program. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself fully in your work and development as an artist and free yourself from outside distractions. Situated on the shoreline, it also just happens to be a really beautiful place to live for a semester. For our Moscow Art Theatre Semester, housing is provided at a modernized dorm in central Moscow, a 30min walk from Red Square.




What kind of student support services are available while attending NTI?


NTI is a rigorous and rewarding program, we want each student to benefit from all that it has to offer. Therefore a student’s well-being is of utmost importance. The NTI staff is incredibly willing to assist you in making sure your personal health and safety is always first priority. We are proponents of demystifying the stigma attached to issues of mental health and work with students to accommodate counseling appointments (both by phone and with local professionals). Each student is a vital member of the ensemble and we work to ensure their best health. Please contact our office if you have specific questions or concerns!




Do I get days off?


Due to the immersive nature and conservatory style of NTI, there are very few days off during the semester. Students will be given a short break in late November during fall semesters or in mid-March during spring semesters.





 

FINANCIAL AID

Are scholarships available?


Click to learn about NTI scholarships and financial aid best practices here. NTI offers need-based scholarships to qualified students. Details about the available scholarships are listed above. To be considered for scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application as part of their additional materials for admission. See the sample NTI Scholarship Application for an idea of what information you'll be asked to provide. Students must provide all necessary documentation to qualify. Scholarships may not be applied to the program deposit. Students with specific financial aid questions are encouraged to contact Amanda Ritchie at aritchie@theoneill.org or 860-443-5378 x224. Looking to support a student scholarship? Donate here or contact the Development Office.




What if I am currently receiving financial aid at my school?


If you are currently enrolled (including being on a summer break) at another college while attending NTI, you should contact that school's financial aid office and inquire about their policies for financial aid consortium agreements. A financial aid consortium agreement may allow you to use financial aid that is being applied toward your bill at your home college to attend NTI. Please contact Program Administrator Amanda Ritchie at aritchie@theoneill.org or 860-443-5478 x 224 with questions.




I am completing FAFSA. What is the NTI's school code?


As a semester-long program, NTI is not a Title IV school, and does not have a school code to include on the FAFSA. Students are encouraged to use thier existing school code and work with their financial aid, off-campus studies, or study abroad office. Connecticut College’s code should not be used.




What are the estimated additional expenses for each program?


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. NTI, NTI-AD, NTI-AP, NMTI
Travel to/from CT
Books and Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, sundries, and souvenirs).
Refundable Room and Key Deposit $125
MATS
Travel to CT in September
Travel from NYC airport in December
Visa Fee ~$400
HIV Test ~$200 (if not covered by insurance)
Books and Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, transportation, sundries, and souvenirs).
Meals ~$1,300-$2,200 (options include school cafeteria, restaurants, and dorm kitchen)
Theatermakers Summer Intensive
Travel to/from CT
Books and Supplies~$300
Personal Expenses ~$400 (approximate for laundry, sundries, and souvenirs).
Refundable Room and Key Deposit $125




What is NTI's Withdrawal/Refund Policy?


All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing, and recieved on a business day. For withdrawal notifications made 90 days prior to the start of the semester: 50% of tuition and 100% of room & board is refunded. Program deposit and costs incurred on student's behalf is retained by NTI. On or between 90-60 days prior to the start of the semester, 50% of of room & board is refunded. Program deposit, costs incurred on student's behalf, and tuition is retained by NTI. 60 days prior to the start of the semester, no refunds will be made. Note: Students may elect to defer to a later semester, a deferral fee of $5,000 may apply. Please email NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org if you are considering withdrawing or deferring.




Does NTI provide health insurance?


No. All students entering the program are required to carry their own health insurance or be covered under their parents' plan while studying with NTI. Proof of coverage is to be submitted along with your student forms upon admittance to any of NTI’s programs.





 

FINANCIAL AID

Are scholarships available?


Click to learn about NTI scholarships and financial aid best practices here. NTI offers need-based scholarships to qualified students. Details about the available scholarships are listed above. To be considered for scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application as part of their additional materials for admission. See the sample NTI Scholarship Application for an idea of what information you'll be asked to provide. Students must provide all necessary documentation to qualify. Scholarships may not be applied to the program deposit. Students with specific financial aid questions are encouraged to contact Amanda Ritchie at aritchie@theoneill.org or 860-443-5378 x224. Looking to support a student scholarship? Donate here or contact the Development Office.




What if I am currently receiving financial aid at my school?


If you are currently enrolled (including being on a summer break) at another college while attending NTI, you should contact that school's financial aid office and inquire about their policies for financial aid consortium agreements. A financial aid consortium agreement may allow you to use financial aid that is being applied toward your bill at your home college to attend NTI. Please contact Program Administrator Amanda Ritchie at aritchie@theoneill.org or 860-443-5478 x 224 with questions.




I am completing FAFSA. What is the NTI's school code?


As a semester-long program, NTI is not a Title IV school, and does not have a school code to include on the FAFSA. Students are encouraged to use thier existing school code and work with their financial aid, off-campus studies, or study abroad office. Connecticut College’s code should not be used.




What are the estimated additional expenses for each program?


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. NTI, NTI-AD, NTI-AP, NMTI
Travel to/from CT
Books and Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, sundries, and souvenirs).
Refundable Room and Key Deposit $125
MATS
Travel to CT in September
Travel from NYC airport in December
Visa Fee ~$400
HIV Test ~$200 (if not covered by insurance)
Books and Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, transportation, sundries, and souvenirs).
Meals ~$1,300-$2,200 (options include school cafeteria, restaurants, and dorm kitchen)
Theatermakers Summer Intensive
Travel to/from CT
Books and Supplies~$300
Personal Expenses ~$400 (approximate for laundry, sundries, and souvenirs).
Refundable Room and Key Deposit $125




What is NTI's Withdrawal/Refund Policy?


All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing, and recieved on a business day. For withdrawal notifications made 90 days prior to the start of the semester: 50% of tuition and 100% of room & board is refunded. Program deposit and costs incurred on student's behalf is retained by NTI. On or between 90-60 days prior to the start of the semester, 50% of of room & board is refunded. Program deposit, costs incurred on student's behalf, and tuition is retained by NTI. 60 days prior to the start of the semester, no refunds will be made. Note: Students may elect to defer to a later semester, a deferral fee of $5,000 may apply. Please email NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org if you are considering withdrawing or deferring.




Does NTI provide health insurance?


No. All students entering the program are required to carry their own health insurance or be covered under their parents' plan while studying with NTI. Proof of coverage is to be submitted along with your student forms upon admittance to any of NTI’s programs.





 

FINANCIAL AID

Are scholarships available?


Click to learn about NTI scholarships and financial aid best practices here. NTI offers need-based scholarships to qualified students. Details about the available scholarships are listed above. To be considered for scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application as part of their additional materials for admission. See the sample NTI Scholarship Application for an idea of what information you'll be asked to provide. Students must provide all necessary documentation to qualify. Scholarships may not be applied to the program deposit. Students with specific financial aid questions are encouraged to contact Amanda Ritchie at aritchie@theoneill.org or 860-443-5378 x224. Looking to support a student scholarship? Donate here or contact the Development Office.




What if I am currently receiving financial aid at my school?


If you are currently enrolled (including being on a summer break) at another college while attending NTI, you should contact that school's financial aid office and inquire about their policies for financial aid consortium agreements. A financial aid consortium agreement may allow you to use financial aid that is being applied toward your bill at your home college to attend NTI. Please contact Program Administrator Amanda Ritchie at aritchie@theoneill.org or 860-443-5478 x 224 with questions.




I am completing FAFSA. What is the NTI's school code?


As a semester-long program, NTI is not a Title IV school, and does not have a school code to include on the FAFSA. Students are encouraged to use thier existing school code and work with their financial aid, off-campus studies, or study abroad office. Connecticut College’s code should not be used.




What are the estimated additional expenses for each program?


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. NTI, NTI-AD, NTI-AP, NMTI
Travel to/from CT
Books and Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, sundries, and souvenirs).
Refundable Room and Key Deposit $125
MATS
Travel to CT in September
Travel from NYC airport in December
Visa Fee ~$400
HIV Test ~$200 (if not covered by insurance)
Books and Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, transportation, sundries, and souvenirs).
Meals ~$1,300-$2,200 (options include school cafeteria, restaurants, and dorm kitchen)
Theatermakers Summer Intensive
Travel to/from CT
Books and Supplies~$300
Personal Expenses ~$400 (approximate for laundry, sundries, and souvenirs).
Refundable Room and Key Deposit $125




What is NTI's Withdrawal/Refund Policy?


All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing, and recieved on a business day. For withdrawal notifications made 90 days prior to the start of the semester: 50% of tuition and 100% of room & board is refunded. Program deposit and costs incurred on student's behalf is retained by NTI. On or between 90-60 days prior to the start of the semester, 50% of of room & board is refunded. Program deposit, costs incurred on student's behalf, and tuition is retained by NTI. 60 days prior to the start of the semester, no refunds will be made. Note: Students may elect to defer to a later semester, a deferral fee of $5,000 may apply. Please email NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org if you are considering withdrawing or deferring.




Does NTI provide health insurance?


No. All students entering the program are required to carry their own health insurance or be covered under their parents' plan while studying with NTI. Proof of coverage is to be submitted along with your student forms upon admittance to any of NTI’s programs.





 

GENERAL

What is the National Theater Institute?


With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, the National Theater Institute's six semester-long programs offer students a springboard to the professional world at the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Founded in 1970, NTI's credit-earning theater intensives, taught by industry professionals and master teachers, train actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers who are high school graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates. Programs include the National Theater Institute Semester (NTI), Advanced Playwriting (NTI-AP), Advanced Directing (NTI-AD), National Music Theater Institute (NMTI), Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS), and Theatermakers Summer Intensive (TM). Connecticut College is the school of record and issues transcripts for all programs.




Who is eligible?


Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma, GED, or demonstrate the ability to benefit. The National Theater Institute welcomes applicants undertaking a gap-year (between secondary school and university), undergraduate students, post-graduates, and professionals looking for a broad-based theatrical training intensive.

In our selection process, we look for a proven ability to handle the demands of disciplined theater work and to be a positive and contributing member of an ensemble. Successful applicants demonstrate a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges of an intensive semester of study as well as a determination to complete the chosen program in a conscientious manner.




What is unique about National Theater Institute?


The immersion into the craft of theater that you receive at NTI is unmatched at any other program. The sheer amount of hours you are given to devote solely to developing your art is unique in and of itself. We also believe our extensive faculty of working professionals and our vast alumni network are great and unique aspects of any NTI program.




How can I tell which is the right program for me?


The NTI and NMTI semesters tend to draw incredibly passionate students who thrive in an ensemble and prefer to have an outlet for creativity in the theater beyond just one discipline. The NTI students want to focus more intently on the production of dramatic theater, while the NMTI students want to focus more intently on the production music theater. These are students of varying ages and levels of professional experience. They are total theater artists who wish to improve in every area of theatrical expression and genuinely wish to develop their craft with a group of like minded peers.

The Advanced Semesters ( Directing and Playwriting) tend to draw students with a set focus, but understand the importance of ensemble and creating collectively. These students tend to be upperclassman or post grad, mostly because it is important for these students to have experience directing and writing plays prior to studying with us. These students are seeking to hone their craft through constant creation of new material.

MATS students tend to be focused and passionate actors who are interested in a cultural experience as well as intensive theater training. These students tend to be committed actors and wish to experience first hand the profound impact Russian training has had on the American theater and cinema.
The Theatermakers tend to be similar to the Advanced students in that they come in having a focus and appreciate ensemble training. The difference lies in the desire to present their work to a professional audience on a weekly basis, these public presentations are a core component of the Theatermakers Summer Intensive.




I'm not a theater major, can I still study with you?


Absolutely! NTI provides rigorous theater training across all artistic disciplines and is designed to complement a liberal arts education. While students studying theater certainly do attend NTI, our training is also beneficial to students looking to broaden their horizons outside of their majors. Often, NTI credits are able to apply as elective credits for students with a vested interest in theater that happen to be majoring in another field. Below is a list of some of the declared majors of our students: Acting; Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Arts Administration; Arts Entrepreneurship; Asian Studies; Biology; Business Management; Chemistry; Cinema; Comparative Studies; Composition; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Design and Technology; Directing; Drama; Dramatic Writing; Economics; Education; English; Feminist Studies; Film & Television Production; French; Gender Studies; Global Studies; Government; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Studies; Literature; Management Studies; Managerial Economics; Mathematics; Media Studies; Music; Musical Theater; Performance; Piano Performance; Playwriting; Political Science; Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities; Psychology; Religion; Rhetoric; Russian Language; Russian/Slavic Studies; Social Justice; Sociology; Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry; Studio Art; Theater; Theater & Cinema Performance; Theater Arts; Theater Directing; Theater Education; Theater Performance; Theater Production; Theater Studies; Vocal Arts; Vocal Performance; Writing




How many credits are earned & how do they transfer?


Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. Credits are awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the program. 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. Students are encouraged to check with thier academic advisor to confirm policies for study abroad, off-campus courses, and/or transfer credits. Please contact NTI with any questions. NTI, NMTI, MATS 20 credit hours or 5 course credits
NTI-AD, NTI-AP 16 credit hours or 4 course credits
Theatermakers Summer Intensive 8 credit hours or 2 course credits




Do I have to find my own housing?


No, all students live and work on the O’Neill’s campus. In fact, due to the intensity of the schedule and the ensemble nature of the training at NTI, we require students to live on the O’Neill campus for the duration of the program. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself fully in your work and development as an artist and free yourself from outside distractions. Situated on the shoreline, it also just happens to be a really beautiful place to live for a semester. For our Moscow Art Theatre Semester, housing is provided at a modernized dorm in central Moscow, a 30min walk from Red Square.




What kind of student support services are available while attending NTI?


NTI is a rigorous and rewarding program, we want each student to benefit from all that it has to offer. Therefore a student’s well-being is of utmost importance. The NTI staff is incredibly willing to assist you in making sure your personal health and safety is always first priority. We are proponents of demystifying the stigma attached to issues of mental health and work with students to accommodate counseling appointments (both by phone and with local professionals). Each student is a vital member of the ensemble and we work to ensure their best health. Please contact our office if you have specific questions or concerns!




Do I get days off?


Due to the immersive nature and conservatory style of NTI, there are very few days off during the semester. Students will be given a short break in late November during fall semesters or in mid-March during spring semesters.





GENERAL

What is the National Theater Institute?


With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, the National Theater Institute's six semester-long programs offer students a springboard to the professional world at the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Founded in 1970, NTI's credit-earning theater intensives, taught by industry professionals and master teachers, train actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers who are high school graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates. Programs include the National Theater Institute Semester (NTI), Advanced Playwriting (NTI-AP), Advanced Directing (NTI-AD), National Music Theater Institute (NMTI), Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS), and Theatermakers Summer Intensive (TM). Connecticut College is the school of record and issues transcripts for all programs.




Who is eligible?


Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma, GED, or demonstrate the ability to benefit. The National Theater Institute welcomes applicants undertaking a gap-year (between secondary school and university), undergraduate students, post-graduates, and professionals looking for a broad-based theatrical training intensive.

In our selection process, we look for a proven ability to handle the demands of disciplined theater work and to be a positive and contributing member of an ensemble. Successful applicants demonstrate a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges of an intensive semester of study as well as a determination to complete the chosen program in a conscientious manner.




What is unique about National Theater Institute?


The immersion into the craft of theater that you receive at NTI is unmatched at any other program. The sheer amount of hours you are given to devote solely to developing your art is unique in and of itself. We also believe our extensive faculty of working professionals and our vast alumni network are great and unique aspects of any NTI program.




How can I tell which is the right program for me?


The NTI and NMTI semesters tend to draw incredibly passionate students who thrive in an ensemble and prefer to have an outlet for creativity in the theater beyond just one discipline. The NTI students want to focus more intently on the production of dramatic theater, while the NMTI students want to focus more intently on the production music theater. These are students of varying ages and levels of professional experience. They are total theater artists who wish to improve in every area of theatrical expression and genuinely wish to develop their craft with a group of like minded peers.

The Advanced Semesters ( Directing and Playwriting) tend to draw students with a set focus, but understand the importance of ensemble and creating collectively. These students tend to be upperclassman or post grad, mostly because it is important for these students to have experience directing and writing plays prior to studying with us. These students are seeking to hone their craft through constant creation of new material.

MATS students tend to be focused and passionate actors who are interested in a cultural experience as well as intensive theater training. These students tend to be committed actors and wish to experience first hand the profound impact Russian training has had on the American theater and cinema.
The Theatermakers tend to be similar to the Advanced students in that they come in having a focus and appreciate ensemble training. The difference lies in the desire to present their work to a professional audience on a weekly basis, these public presentations are a core component of the Theatermakers Summer Intensive.




I'm not a theater major, can I still study with you?


Absolutely! NTI provides rigorous theater training across all artistic disciplines and is designed to complement a liberal arts education. While students studying theater certainly do attend NTI, our training is also beneficial to students looking to broaden their horizons outside of their majors. Often, NTI credits are able to apply as elective credits for students with a vested interest in theater that happen to be majoring in another field. Below is a list of some of the declared majors of our students: Acting; Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Arts Administration; Arts Entrepreneurship; Asian Studies; Biology; Business Management; Chemistry; Cinema; Comparative Studies; Composition; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Design and Technology; Directing; Drama; Dramatic Writing; Economics; Education; English; Feminist Studies; Film & Television Production; French; Gender Studies; Global Studies; Government; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Studies; Literature; Management Studies; Managerial Economics; Mathematics; Media Studies; Music; Musical Theater; Performance; Piano Performance; Playwriting; Political Science; Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities; Psychology; Religion; Rhetoric; Russian Language; Russian/Slavic Studies; Social Justice; Sociology; Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry; Studio Art; Theater; Theater & Cinema Performance; Theater Arts; Theater Directing; Theater Education; Theater Performance; Theater Production; Theater Studies; Vocal Arts; Vocal Performance; Writing




How many credits are earned & how do they transfer?


Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. Credits are awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the program. 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. Students are encouraged to check with thier academic advisor to confirm policies for study abroad, off-campus courses, and/or transfer credits. Please contact NTI with any questions. NTI, NMTI, MATS 20 credit hours or 5 course credits
NTI-AD, NTI-AP 16 credit hours or 4 course credits
Theatermakers Summer Intensive 8 credit hours or 2 course credits




Do I have to find my own housing?


No, all students live and work on the O’Neill’s campus. In fact, due to the intensity of the schedule and the ensemble nature of the training at NTI, we require students to live on the O’Neill campus for the duration of the program. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself fully in your work and development as an artist and free yourself from outside distractions. Situated on the shoreline, it also just happens to be a really beautiful place to live for a semester. For our Moscow Art Theatre Semester, housing is provided at a modernized dorm in central Moscow, a 30min walk from Red Square.




What kind of student support services are available while attending NTI?


NTI is a rigorous and rewarding program, we want each student to benefit from all that it has to offer. Therefore a student’s well-being is of utmost importance. The NTI staff is incredibly willing to assist you in making sure your personal health and safety is always first priority. We are proponents of demystifying the stigma attached to issues of mental health and work with students to accommodate counseling appointments (both by phone and with local professionals). Each student is a vital member of the ensemble and we work to ensure their best health. Please contact our office if you have specific questions or concerns!




Do I get days off?


Due to the immersive nature and conservatory style of NTI, there are very few days off during the semester. Students will be given a short break in late November during fall semesters or in mid-March during spring semesters.





GENERAL

What is the National Theater Institute?


With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, the National Theater Institute's six semester-long programs offer students a springboard to the professional world at the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Founded in 1970, NTI's credit-earning theater intensives, taught by industry professionals and master teachers, train actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers who are high school graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates. Programs include the National Theater Institute Semester (NTI), Advanced Playwriting (NTI-AP), Advanced Directing (NTI-AD), National Music Theater Institute (NMTI), Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS), and Theatermakers Summer Intensive (TM). Connecticut College is the school of record and issues transcripts for all programs.




Who is eligible?


Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma, GED, or demonstrate the ability to benefit. The National Theater Institute welcomes applicants undertaking a gap-year (between secondary school and university), undergraduate students, post-graduates, and professionals looking for a broad-based theatrical training intensive.

In our selection process, we look for a proven ability to handle the demands of disciplined theater work and to be a positive and contributing member of an ensemble. Successful applicants demonstrate a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges of an intensive semester of study as well as a determination to complete the chosen program in a conscientious manner.




What is unique about National Theater Institute?


The immersion into the craft of theater that you receive at NTI is unmatched at any other program. The sheer amount of hours you are given to devote solely to developing your art is unique in and of itself. We also believe our extensive faculty of working professionals and our vast alumni network are great and unique aspects of any NTI program.




How can I tell which is the right program for me?


The NTI and NMTI semesters tend to draw incredibly passionate students who thrive in an ensemble and prefer to have an outlet for creativity in the theater beyond just one discipline. The NTI students want to focus more intently on the production of dramatic theater, while the NMTI students want to focus more intently on the production music theater. These are students of varying ages and levels of professional experience. They are total theater artists who wish to improve in every area of theatrical expression and genuinely wish to develop their craft with a group of like minded peers.

The Advanced Semesters ( Directing and Playwriting) tend to draw students with a set focus, but understand the importance of ensemble and creating collectively. These students tend to be upperclassman or post grad, mostly because it is important for these students to have experience directing and writing plays prior to studying with us. These students are seeking to hone their craft through constant creation of new material.

MATS students tend to be focused and passionate actors who are interested in a cultural experience as well as intensive theater training. These students tend to be committed actors and wish to experience first hand the profound impact Russian training has had on the American theater and cinema.
The Theatermakers tend to be similar to the Advanced students in that they come in having a focus and appreciate ensemble training. The difference lies in the desire to present their work to a professional audience on a weekly basis, these public presentations are a core component of the Theatermakers Summer Intensive.




I'm not a theater major, can I still study with you?


Absolutely! NTI provides rigorous theater training across all artistic disciplines and is designed to complement a liberal arts education. While students studying theater certainly do attend NTI, our training is also beneficial to students looking to broaden their horizons outside of their majors. Often, NTI credits are able to apply as elective credits for students with a vested interest in theater that happen to be majoring in another field. Below is a list of some of the declared majors of our students: Acting; Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Arts Administration; Arts Entrepreneurship; Asian Studies; Biology; Business Management; Chemistry; Cinema; Comparative Studies; Composition; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Design and Technology; Directing; Drama; Dramatic Writing; Economics; Education; English; Feminist Studies; Film & Television Production; French; Gender Studies; Global Studies; Government; Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Studies; Literature; Management Studies; Managerial Economics; Mathematics; Media Studies; Music; Musical Theater; Performance; Piano Performance; Playwriting; Political Science; Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities; Psychology; Religion; Rhetoric; Russian Language; Russian/Slavic Studies; Social Justice; Sociology; Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry; Studio Art; Theater; Theater & Cinema Performance; Theater Arts; Theater Directing; Theater Education; Theater Performance; Theater Production; Theater Studies; Vocal Arts; Vocal Performance; Writing




How many credits are earned & how do they transfer?


Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. Credits are awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the program. 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. Students are encouraged to check with thier academic advisor to confirm policies for study abroad, off-campus courses, and/or transfer credits. Please contact NTI with any questions. NTI, NMTI, MATS 20 credit hours or 5 course credits
NTI-AD, NTI-AP 16 credit hours or 4 course credits
Theatermakers Summer Intensive 8 credit hours or 2 course credits




Do I have to find my own housing?


No, all students live and work on the O’Neill’s campus. In fact, due to the intensity of the schedule and the ensemble nature of the training at NTI, we require students to live on the O’Neill campus for the duration of the program. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself fully in your work and development as an artist and free yourself from outside distractions. Situated on the shoreline, it also just happens to be a really beautiful place to live for a semester. For our Moscow Art Theatre Semester, housing is provided at a modernized dorm in central Moscow, a 30min walk from Red Square.




What kind of student support services are available while attending NTI?


NTI is a rigorous and rewarding program, we want each student to benefit from all that it has to offer. Therefore a student’s well-being is of utmost importance. The NTI staff is incredibly willing to assist you in making sure your personal health and safety is always first priority. We are proponents of demystifying the stigma attached to issues of mental health and work with students to accommodate counseling appointments (both by phone and with local professionals). Each student is a vital member of the ensemble and we work to ensure their best health. Please contact our office if you have specific questions or concerns!




Do I get days off?


Due to the immersive nature and conservatory style of NTI, there are very few days off during the semester. Students will be given a short break in late November during fall semesters or in mid-March during spring semesters.





FINANCIAL AID

Are scholarships available?


Click to learn about NTI scholarships and financial aid best practices here. NTI offers need-based scholarships to qualified students. Details about the available scholarships are listed above. To be considered for scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application as part of their additional materials for admission. See the sample NTI Scholarship Application for an idea of what information you'll be asked to provide. Students must provide all necessary documentation to qualify. Scholarships may not be applied to the program deposit. Students with specific financial aid questions are encouraged to contact Amanda Ritchie at aritchie@theoneill.org or 860-443-5378 x224. Looking to support a student scholarship? Donate here or contact the Development Office.




What if I am currently receiving financial aid at my school?


If you are currently enrolled (including being on a summer break) at another college while attending NTI, you should contact that school's financial aid office and inquire about their policies for financial aid consortium agreements. A financial aid consortium agreement may allow you to use financial aid that is being applied toward your bill at your home college to attend NTI. Please contact Program Administrator Amanda Ritchie at aritchie@theoneill.org or 860-443-5478 x 224 with questions.




I am completing FAFSA. What is the NTI's school code?


As a semester-long program, NTI is not a Title IV school, and does not have a school code to include on the FAFSA. Students are encouraged to use thier existing school code and work with their financial aid, off-campus studies, or study abroad office. Connecticut College’s code should not be used.




What are the estimated additional expenses for each program?


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. NTI, NTI-AD, NTI-AP, NMTI
Travel to/from CT
Books and Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, sundries, and souvenirs).
Refundable Room and Key Deposit $125
MATS
Travel to CT in September
Travel from NYC airport in December
Visa Fee ~$400
HIV Test ~$200 (if not covered by insurance)
Books and Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, transportation, sundries, and souvenirs).
Meals ~$1,300-$2,200 (options include school cafeteria, restaurants, and dorm kitchen)
Theatermakers Summer Intensive
Travel to/from CT
Books and Supplies~$300
Personal Expenses ~$400 (approximate for laundry, sundries, and souvenirs).
Refundable Room and Key Deposit $125




What is NTI's Withdrawal/Refund Policy?


All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing, and recieved on a business day. For withdrawal notifications made 90 days prior to the start of the semester: 50% of tuition and 100% of room & board is refunded. Program deposit and costs incurred on student's behalf is retained by NTI. On or between 90-60 days prior to the start of the semester, 50% of of room & board is refunded. Program deposit, costs incurred on student's behalf, and tuition is retained by NTI. 60 days prior to the start of the semester, no refunds will be made. Note: Students may elect to defer to a later semester, a deferral fee of $5,000 may apply. Please email NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org if you are considering withdrawing or deferring.




Does NTI provide health insurance?


No. All students entering the program are required to carry their own health insurance or be covered under their parents' plan while studying with NTI. Proof of coverage is to be submitted along with your student forms upon admittance to any of NTI’s programs.





NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE

NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE

NTI-ADVANCED DIRECTING

NTI-ADVANCED DIRECTING

NTI-ADVANCED PLAYWRITING

NTI-ADVANCED PLAYWRITING

MOSCOW ART THEATRE SEMESTER

MOSCOW ART THEATRE SEMESTER

NATIONAL MUSIC THEATER INSTITUTE

NATIONAL MUSIC THEATER INSTITUTE

THEATERMAKERS SUMMER INTENSIVE

THEATERMAKERS SUMMER INTENSIVE

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE MFA/MA

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE MFA/MA