THEATERMAKERS SUMMER INTENSIVE
2020 Program Update
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 O’Neill Summer Season will take place entirely online.
A modified, four-week Theatermakers program will be held online, utilizing NTI’s unique distance-learning approach July 3-31.
Our core mission remains the same: constant practice, essential training, mentorship, and collaborative opportunities that yield original work. Transitioning online means that we will have the ability and the classes to support work in a variety of mediums, providing additional skills tuned to virtual theater making, filmmaking, podcasts, devising, and providing solid professional development so that you are ready when it is time to get back in the rehearsal room.
Students have been informed of this change and their enrollment options directly.
Please email for program details.
EXPERIENCE THE PROCESS OF CREATING NEW WORK ALONGSIDE RENOWNED DEVELOPMENTAL CONFERENCES.
Comes to life each week written, directed, and performed by the Theatermakers ensemble. Your work is given public presentations as part of the O'Neill's summer season. Theatermakers enables you to perform in at least six new shows throughout the summer. Conferring 8 credit hours, the Theatermakers Summer Intensive is offered over six weeks June-July.
Provided through daily master classes and workshops. Train with award-winning professionals and emerging artists who help guide you through the rigorous practice of producing your own work each week.
CULTIVATE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Through assistantships and observerships while creating new work with the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference. Additionally, you also gain exposure to the latest developments in the arts of Puppetry, Criticism, and Cabaret.
The National Puppetry Conference provides a meeting and creating ground for master artisans to pass their craft and ingenuity to new artists in the field of puppetry. Each June, participants gather from across the globe to create works that defy the bounds of contemporary theater and the imagination.
The National Playwrights Conference's process of public, script-in-hand staged readings pioneered the model for new play development, establishing an industry standard now seen in theaters around the world and continues innovating today.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. 8 credit hours or 2 course credits are awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the Theatermakers Summer Intensive. 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.
PLAYWRITING INTENSIVE (NTI-472) Builds on established playwriting techniques through in-class exercises and the creation of a weekly one-act play. Classes strengthen the student’s voice and explore new styles and dramatic structures. Students also observe and assist a NPC or NMTC writer.
ACTING INTENSIVE (NTI-473) Sharpen acting skills and heighten performance-readiness through intensive classes in contemporary scenestudy; as well as workshops in movement, improvisation, and auditioning. Students serve as the acting company for Theatermakers projects and observe and assist on one of the NPC or NMTC projects.
"Highlights of my summer included: One on one time with established artists in the theater, who could provide honest and frank advice about excelling in the field; being in an environment composed of people who wanted to help me succeed; and opportunities to work in diverse and exciting fields within the theater spectrum (e.g. classes in Butoh as well as Mime) which granted me vocabulary and liberty to try more risky things in my performance methodology."
"I wanted to become a stronger artist this summer. I felt that to do this, I needed to be in an environment that was not only rigorous and demanding for the sake of the craft, but also allowed me to study around artists who are as committed to their art as I am. My experience at NTI met, and far exceeded my expectations! But very early on I made a decision to give all of myself in every class and every rehearsal. Looking back, my first instinct was to keep parts of me closed off, avoid any risk. This is how I had been living as an artist. And not only was it detrimental to me, but it was also inhibiting my work. I very honestly decided that I had to begin to let go of striving for perfection, I had to be okay with failure. And I am still so blown away at how the decision to allow failure provided me with more success than I thought myself capable of. The art that we created, the things we brought to life every Monday night were so incredibly rewarding!"
"From Rachel Jett and all of our teachers, I received the most amazing care and instruction. I connected with some more than others of course, but could consistently sense their commitment to their work regardless of how much I enjoyed their methods personally. And they are all artists as well, in the middle of their careers, and in every class I took I could feel them lifting me up to be the best that I can be. There were so many artists creating and working on campus; it was so inspiring! Having the opportunity to sit in on rehearsals allowed me to learn so much more than I ever could have merely in a classroom. And it also allowed me the opportunity to network with numerous industry professionals, some of which I now have the opportunity to work with in the future!”
"And as for my ensemble: It was so very inspiring to learn alongside artists who truly loved what they were doing as much as I did! The work we did during Theatermakers, the magic that happened, was insane. And so worth it. I got to make new works every week, creating something out of nothing with colleagues that so very quickly became lifelong friends and collaborators. I got to do the work I love with a brand new family."
"The environment at the O'Neill is like nowhere else in the world. For artists, it feels like the promise-land. I almost can't explain it, but the energy there is so buzzing with creativity. I've never been so inspired than when I stepped foot on the O'Neill campus. I truly feel that I became a stronger and more confident artist this summer thanks to NTI. The O'Neill is a home to me now, I've gained a new family, and I already can't wait to go back!"
DATES & FEES
Three Meals Daily
Theater Tickets (approximately 12 shows a summer)
Access to O'Neill Artist Receptions and Special Events
Two Official Transcripts
Travel to/from CT ~TBD by student
Books & Supplies ~$300
Personal Expenses ~$400 (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.
> View the Theatermakers Summer Intensive sample schedule.
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