National Theater Institute Semester

Fall and Spring Semesters
20 Credit Hours


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

RISK. FAIL. RISK AGAIN. 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.   

Study Abroad in London

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’re 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 of a professional director, you gain practical experience with a wealth of classical and contemporary texts.

Playwrights Week

Playwrights 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, your ensemble collaboratively produces a full-length work guided by a prompt. You have two weeks to devise a new piece of theater unique to your ensemble. Through public performances, you showcase what you have learned and what has inspired you throughout the semester.


> Introducing The National Theater Institute's Complete Theater Training
> NTI Changed My Life: John Krasinski
> Exploring the Theatrical Richness of London with NTI
> National Theater Institute's Family Tree
> NTI Changed My Life: Josh Radnor
> Unparalleled Access to New Work & Living Writers
> NTI Alumni Company: The Debate Society
> 14 Hours at NTI
> Behind the Scenes at NTI-Playwrights and Librettists Week
> Behind the Scenes at NTI-Company Project
> In Class with NTI-Droznin

 NTI’s Advanced Semesters

NTI’s Advanced Semesters provide student or mid-career directors the opportunity to hone their craft and create a solid body of work with the guidance and tutelage of master teachers in their chosen discipline. Learn more about NTI-Advanced Directing and NTI-Advanced Playwriting.

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