Credit-Earning Courses

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.

All students are enrolled in:

THE COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE (NTI-470) This core course focuses on ensemble building, new play development, and the collaborative process. Each week a new one-act play is created by the group and performed for the community in residence at the O'Neill.

Students elect a concentration in Directing, Playwriting, or Acting and are enrolled in one of the following courses:

DIRECTING INTENSIVE (NTI-471) The course is designed to expand and clarify the student’s approach to movement, imagery, the text, theatrical use of space, and work with the actor. Students also observe and assist a director from the O’Neill’s National Playwright’s Conference (NPC) or National Musical Theater Conference (NMTC).
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.
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.


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