NTI-Advanced Playwriting Semester
16 Credit Hours
Create Theater 10 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
Advanced Playwrights expand their craft and refine their voice at the home of new play development. Under the guidance of some of America’s best contemporary playwrights, you learn the process and craft of playwriting as well as the business of producing your own work. Advanced Playwrights write new plays every week which are given readings by fellow ensemble members. You leave with a portfolio of plays and an arsenal of contacts. Through integration with the NTI Semester, you will take a variety of workshops and master classes to deepen your skills as a well-rounded theater artist as well as spend two weeks studying abroad in London. Advanced Playwrights also take part in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Study 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.
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.
Humana Festival of New American Plays
Spend a weekend at the internationally acclaimed festival, seeing new work, speaking with artists, making industry connections, and learning more about the creation of new American theater.
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 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.
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.