FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ADMISSIONS

May I visit campus?


Absolutely! We love to have students visit campus for a personal tour, in-person interview, and/or class visits with prior arrangement. To schedule a campus visit, please contact us NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org or 860-443-5378 ext. 284.




Do I have to audition?


For NTI and NMTI, we ask for supplementary videos or audio files demonstrating your abilities in two (2) of the following forms: singing, dancing/choreography, acting, or composition/songwriting. Original material is welcome! Each upload should not exceed five (5) minutes in length. For MATS, we ask for supplementary videos or audio files demonstrating your abilities in two (2) of the following forms: acting, singing, or dancing/choreography. Each upload should not exceed five (5) minutes in length.

For NTI-Advanced Directing, NTI-Advanced Playwriting, Theatermakers ( Director or Playwrights) we require applicants to submit a sample portfolio of their work. This can include, but is not limited to, scripts, rehearsal documents, video, audio, photos, etc.

For Theatermakers Acting, we require video auditions of contrasting monologues.




This essay is such a small place to say so much, what do you look for?


Our advice as you prepare your application is to be as honest as you can be, and focus on letting the real you come through in the application. Try not to get caught up in what you think we see or read. We look for students who have a hunger and readiness for an intensive training experience; someone open to new ways of working; someone willing to risk, fail, risk again; and someone excited about creating theater in an ensemble. Most of all, we want to get to know you as theater artist and learn what you hope to achieve. The statement is your chance to tell us how you think attending NTI will help shape your story.





 

ADMISSIONS

May I visit campus?


Absolutely! We love to have students visit campus for a personal tour, in-person interview, and/or class visits with prior arrangement. To schedule a campus visit, please contact us NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org or 860-443-5378 ext. 284.




Do I have to audition?


For NTI and NMTI, we ask for supplementary videos or audio files demonstrating your abilities in two (2) of the following forms: singing, dancing/choreography, acting, or composition/songwriting. Original material is welcome! Each upload should not exceed five (5) minutes in length. For MATS, we ask for supplementary videos or audio files demonstrating your abilities in two (2) of the following forms: acting, singing, or dancing/choreography. Each upload should not exceed five (5) minutes in length.

For NTI-Advanced Directing, NTI-Advanced Playwriting, Theatermakers ( Director or Playwrights) we require applicants to submit a sample portfolio of their work. This can include, but is not limited to, scripts, rehearsal documents, video, audio, photos, etc.

For Theatermakers Acting, we require video auditions of contrasting monologues.




This essay is such a small place to say so much, what do you look for?


Our advice as you prepare your application is to be as honest as you can be, and focus on letting the real you come through in the application. Try not to get caught up in what you think we see or read. We look for students who have a hunger and readiness for an intensive training experience; someone open to new ways of working; someone willing to risk, fail, risk again; and someone excited about creating theater in an ensemble. Most of all, we want to get to know you as theater artist and learn what you hope to achieve. The statement is your chance to tell us how you think attending NTI will help shape your story.





 

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.





 

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.





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.





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 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.





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

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