Credit-Earning Courses

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 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 imprisoned in 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.

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