FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 SEMESTER

What technique does NTI teach?


NTI is not constricted to a single approach to theater. We expose our students to a wide range of professionals with expertise in various techniques. NTI encourages students to become acquainted with as many methodologies as possible in order to begin developing their own unique outlook on artistic development. Because of the intensive nature of our programs, our students are also given a depth of experience in the various techniques they are exposed to. Approaches we have worked with in the past include, Suzuki, Viewpoints, Composition, Balinese mask, Myerhold, Feldenkrais, as well as many variations of Stanislavsky and Meisner, among others.




Why should I attend NTI, a domestic program, instead of spending a semester abroad?


For a student looking to work professionally, NTI provides the best of both worlds: professional contacts currently working in the theater industry and an abroad experience! NTI travels to London for two weeks, giving students the opportunity to gain abroad experience even during a “domestic” program. With NTI in London, students see all the famous landmarks, tour several prominent museums and historical sites, and see as many as 10 shows (more than the average study abroad semester). For students interested in world cultures and looking to make a career in the theater, there is no better place than NTI. Students regularly work with artists who call Bali, Peru, Mali, Abu Dhabi, and England home.




As someone who wants to be an actor, what’s the advantage of doing NTI since it also teaches directing, writing, and design?


Being well informed and knowledgeable about the entire theatrical process is essential to the art of good acting. Once an actor understands what it means to direct, write, or design a piece of theater they begin to see their own work in a different way. For instance, they learn how to better communicate with their director or they learn how to better interpret a playwright’s text. NTI also believes in creating “hyphenate” theater artists who can pursue work as actors, directors, playwrights, designers, or any combination of those.





 

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.





 

NTI SEMESTER

What technique does NTI teach?


NTI is not constricted to a single approach to theater. We expose our students to a wide range of professionals with expertise in various techniques. NTI encourages students to become acquainted with as many methodologies as possible in order to begin developing their own unique outlook on artistic development. Because of the intensive nature of our programs, our students are also given a depth of experience in the various techniques they are exposed to. Approaches we have worked with in the past include, Suzuki, Viewpoints, Composition, Balinese mask, Myerhold, Feldenkrais, as well as many variations of Stanislavsky and Meisner, among others.




Why should I attend NTI, a domestic program, instead of spending a semester abroad?


For a student looking to work professionally, NTI provides the best of both worlds: professional contacts currently working in the theater industry and an abroad experience! NTI travels to London for two weeks, giving students the opportunity to gain abroad experience even during a “domestic” program. With NTI in London, students see all the famous landmarks, tour several prominent museums and historical sites, and see as many as 10 shows (more than the average study abroad semester). For students interested in world cultures and looking to make a career in the theater, there is no better place than NTI. Students regularly work with artists who call Bali, Peru, Mali, Abu Dhabi, and England home.




As someone who wants to be an actor, what’s the advantage of doing NTI since it also teaches directing, writing, and design?


Being well informed and knowledgeable about the entire theatrical process is essential to the art of good acting. Once an actor understands what it means to direct, write, or design a piece of theater they begin to see their own work in a different way. For instance, they learn how to better communicate with their director or they learn how to better interpret a playwright’s text. NTI also believes in creating “hyphenate” theater artists who can pursue work as actors, directors, playwrights, designers, or any combination of those.





 

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.)





NATIONAL MUSIC THEATER INSTITUTE

My school doesn’t have a music theater program, so I’ve never actually been in a musical. Am I still eligible to apply?


Absolutely! This is quite common. On your resume, list whatever theatrical experience you do have. Then, in your supplementary video you can show us the music theater skills you feel the strongest in - singing, dancing/choreography, acting, or composition/songwriting. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to perform in musical scene study at NMTI




I love music theater but I don't [sing]/[dance]/[play piano].


You will at NMTI! While NMTI trains across all disciplines, we understand that applicants won't be a pro at everything when they first apply. We encourage you to let us know about the disciplines you excel in and the ones that you are most looking to improve or learn. Everyone is a beginner at some point, and we work to make sure students at all levels are supported.





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.)





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