Credit-Earning Courses

Connecticut College is the school of record for the National Theater Institute. 16 credit hours or 4 course credits are awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete NTI-Advanced Directing 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 THEORY AND HISTORY (NTI-354) The history and theory of directing is researched and students analyze and apply to their own work the theories of landmark directors: Constantin Stanislavsky, Vsevold Meyerhold, Jerzy Grotowski, Robert Wilson, Anne Bogart, Peter Brook, and Richard Foreman, among others.


DIRECTOR’S TUTORIAL (NTI-355) Students gain practical training through table work, intensive rehearsals, and presentations of scenes. Each student creates a director’s notebook for a specific script including a portfolio of images, analysis of the play’s “world,” critical interpretation of the script, and notes on staging, design, and production history.


DIRECTOR’S OBSERVERSHIP (NTI-451) Weekly classes, observerships, and workshops are arranged with professional directors and theater companies. Students attend rehearsals, observe professional directors, and work with actors and designers both at the O’Neill and in New York City as well as attend specially arranged performances. The submission of a detailed journal is required.


DIRECTOR’S PROJECTS (NTI-452) In a practical approach under the guidance of a variety of professional directors, weekly scenes are directed in a rigorous rehearsal and presentation process. In the final weeks of the semester, Advanced Directors play a major role as directors for both Playwrights Week and the Company Project.

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