NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE
Fall & Spring
NTI IS AN EXPLORATION INTO THE DEPTHS
OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A COMPLETE
CREATE THEATER 10 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK
NTI is a laboratory where you gain tangible tools while creating new work. From 7:30am to 10pm, seven days a week, you work with master teachers and create theater. This 14-week program trains you to function as a contributing member of an ensemble, invites you to find out what excites you about the art of theater, and gives you valuable skills to boldly apply that excitement and knowledge to your work. Conferring 20 credit hours, the NTI Semester is offered in the spring or fall semester.
Two weeks studying abroad in London, England, offers exposure to the culture, historical beauty, and theatrical richness of London. As an ensemble, you train daily in Lecoq techniques, mask work, improvisation, and clowning with the internationally renowned theater company Complicite. Additionally, you participate in NTI’s singular series of tours, workshops, and master classes with the U.K’s foremost theater artists.
Weekly Theater Labs challenge you to put what you are learning in class on its feet. When given just 15 hours to stage a scene, you learn to trust your creative instincts. Under the mentorship or a professional guest artist, you gain practical experience with a wealth of classical and contemporary texts.
PLAYWRIGHTS' AND LIBRETTISTS' WEEK
Playwrights and Librettists Week is dedicated to the staging of original one-act plays written, directed, designed, performed, and produced by your ensemble. This collaborative week supports and amplifies the voices of the next generation of American theater writers under the mentorship of several professional playwrights.
Theater trips to New York City as well as to prominent regional theaters such as Yale Repertory Theatre and the A.R.T. are frequently taken. These excursions often feature exclusive opportunities to learn more about the artistic process with cast and creative teams.
During Company Project, you have two weeks to devise a piece of theater unique to your ensemble. Through public performances, you showcase what you have learned and what has inspired you throughout the semester.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
PLAYWRITING (NTI-202) Designed to assist aspiring writers in their development through a great variety of projects reflecting the range of contemporary theater. After a series of introductory exercises, students concentrate on writing a 30-minute play with the course culminating in Playwrights Week, a week-long presentation of the student plays.
DESIGN (NTI-210) Celebrating the power of visual theater through exploration of a classical and a contemporary play, students are encouraged to explore individual perceptions and interpretations of text in physical form and are challenged to find clear ways to communicate visually.
ACTING (NTI-300) The National Theater Institute is not confined to any one method; it embraces those appropriate to the individual text. Emphasis on the art and craft of acting designed to enable the students to free the imagination and enhance their versatility. Classes include scene study, improvisation, audition preparation, and styles.
MOVEMENT AND VOICE (NTI-310) Classes in both vocal technique and production along with dance and movement techniques for the actor. Movement classes include: Tai Chi, Droznin Russian movement, Biomechanics, yoga, dance, and stage combat. Voice training covers Linklater method, dialect work, and singing.
DATES & FEES
Three Meals Daily
Two Weeks All-Inclusive Residency in London/New York City
Theater Tickets (approximately 16 shows a semester)
Two Official Transcripts
Travel to/from CT ~TBD by student
Books & Supplies ~$400
Personal Expenses ~$800 (approximate for laundry, sundries, & souvenirs).
Refundable Room & Key Deposit ~$125
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
NTI endeavors to ensure access & opportunity to all students seeking a semester with us, regardless of economic circumstance. For that reason, NTI offers need-based scholarships through a need-blind admission policy.
“I appreciated my experience at NTI more than I can say. I learned that I had been underestimating myself, what I can accomplish in one day before NTI, and just how much is possible when collaborating with passionate people. I bonded with new friends in a way I never have and felt more alive and myself than I have in a long time. Overall, it was SO worth it.”
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