NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE

Fall & Spring

Semesters

20

Credit

Hours

Two Weeks

in London

NTI IS AN EXPLORATION INTO THE DEPTHS

OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A COMPLETE

THEATER ARTIST.

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.    

LONDON RESIDENCY

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.

THEATER LABS

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

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.

COMPANY PROJECT

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.

Master Teachers &

Industry Professionals

Living at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

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ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. 20 credit hours or 5 course credits are awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete an NTI Semester. 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. DIRECTING (NTI-201) All students direct scenes and short performance pieces learning not only basic directing skills through table work and exercises, but also how to become an artistic leader by adapting to the needs of the script, space, and actors. Emphasis on directing scenes from classic and contemporary plays.
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


Fall 2020 - Sunday, September 13 – Sunday, December 20, 2020 Spring 2021 - Sunday, January 24 - Sunday, May 2, 2021 The comprehensive fee of $28,500 includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Three Meals Daily
  • Two Weeks All-Inclusive Residency in London/New York City
  • Theater Tickets (approximately 16 shows a semester)
  • Two Official Transcripts
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.
  • 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. > Learn more about Scholarships & Financial Aid.




TESTIMONIALS


“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.” “Before I attended, NTI was a daunting, distant theatrical utopia that many of my friends had attended and I had seen their whole being change. I found everything they expressed to me about the program to be true. I had a life-changing experience. I now have a clearer sense of why I must be a theater artist.” “This is what I thought college would be! The best training I’ve ever received. The kindest teachers I’ve ever been around. The most supported I’ve ever felt. My new home!” “I loved the exposure to incredible theater… I loved our mentors and teachers, I loved the honest, real-world advice and feedback we were given and that I was taken seriously as an artist there. I will treasure this experience for the rest of my life and carry it with me in my artistic work forever.” “It is so beneficial for your career as an actor to come here. My favorite thing about NTI were the Labs: In them, I was able to get lines down within a day or two and have the scenes up within 24 hours for an audience. That training was extremely beneficial for me.”




LONDON RESIDENCY


Two weeks studying abroad in London, England offers exposure to the culture, history, and theatrical excellence of London. As an ensemble, you train daily in Lecoq mask techniques, improvisation, and clowning with the internationally renowned theater company Complicite. This period of ensemble building is complemented by cultural immersion, as students experience the city of London. You may embark on a sight-seeing walking tour, trips to cultural institutions like the National Gallery or the Tate, and even visit landmarks like Stonehenge, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London. Students live together at the Astor Hyde Park Hostel, as housing, travel, and meals in London are including in your comprehensive tuition. Additionally, you participate in NTI’s singular series of workshops and master classes with the U.K’s foremost theater artists, like Richard Digby Day, Anna-Maria Nabirye, and Bill Barclay. You'll become a groundling at the Globe and a regular at the National Theatre, attending performances nearly every night. The London residency is a chance for students to delve into a culture rich with theatrical history and exciting modernizations while trying out the creative's life in a major city within the safety and support of their NTI ensemble.




SAMPLE SCHEDULE


> View the NTI sample schedule. A Day in the Life at NTI from a Former Student 7:00am – Wake up! Quick shower, double-check I have my sides and notebook in my backpack, and I’m ready for the day. 7:25am – Arrive at the Dina Merrill Theater for yoga warm-up with Marya. The long savasana at the end was like an extra 10 minutes of sleep! 8:20am – I eat breakfast (scrambled eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns – yum) while running lines with my scene partner. 8:50am – I get to the Barn early for my Shakespeare class with Michael Cadman . My partner and I did great work in our private rehearsal last night, so we want to go up first and get feedback on our new approach to our Cymbeline scene. 10:30am – I head next to the Lopez studio for Building a Character with Malik Work. Today we’re starting with Lost Objects. For homework, we prepared imaginary but believable circumstances for why we’ve lost an important object that we have to search for – and today, we’ll practice searching for them. 12:05pm – Lunch! I eat my Mongolian Beef bowl quickly so I can run back to my room and drop off my props from this morning. 1:00pm – Singing with Anne Tofflemire is one of my favorite classes. Anne works in masterclass style every week, so I get to see my classmates making huge progress. (I’m working on ‘Breathe’ from In the Heights.) 3:30pm – Because we’re watching a presentation tonight, this is the last class of the day. Choicework with Forrest McClendon has given me an entirely new way to research a character. I don’t go up in this class, but Forrest always involves everyone in coachings no matter who’s up. 5:00-6:00pm – Q&A with one of my favorite actors, Tonya Pinkins. I feel so lucky to get to meet these incredible people and hear stories of when they were young creators like me. 6:15pm – I get to dinner a bit late because I stay after the Q&A to chat with Tonya. Eventually we decide to walk over to the cafeteria and some classmates join us for our penne with pesto dinner (gluten-free for me!). 7:00pm – Residency presentations are an unexpected treat during the NTI semester. This week, Erin Ortman, Ari Afsar, Lauren Gunderson, Jennifer Lin, and Meg Zervoulis present songs from their new musical as part of the NMTC Incubator series. It’s unlike anything I’ve heard before – and so incredible to see an all-woman creative team! 10:00pm – Homework time! My scene partner and I meet for a half hour to review notes from class today, and then I set to work reading and analyzing our play for Theater Labs this week, “Dance Nation” by Clare Barron. We’ll get our casting and scene assignments tomorrow, so I study the whole play just in case. 12:00am – Bedtime! Days at NTI are long, but packed full of incredible opportunities and experiences. I can’t wait to get up tomorrow and do it all over again.





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(860) 443-7139

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