The Eugene O'Neill National Theater Institute (NTI) in Waterford Connecticut is geared toward undergraduate theater students who desire to be in a fast-paced, conservatory-level theatre program and to work as part of an ensemble.   This program is suitable for students wishing to hone acting skills and those interested in other aspects of theater.  The program includes either two-weeks of theater studies in London (fall semester) or two-weeks in Moscow, Russia (spring semester). Classes are held seven days a week from 9am to 10pm with a 7:30 am warm-up five days a week.

“I learned a lot from the constant work and the level of skill and professionalism of the teachers. They aren't afraid to give out hard notes or speak candidly about criticism. I would highly recommend this to any student who is seriously studying theater and plans to pursue a career in the theater world.” - Noah Y. ‘18

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Jessica Cerullo (Theatre Department)

Fields of study:

Acting, directing, design, movement/dance, playwriting. (Drama, literature and theatre criticism course credits are not available.)


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); desire to work as an ensemble in an intense, 7-day per week theater program


Required Courses – 19 credits per semester (Whitman maximum):
Acting  (4 credits)
Directing (4 credits)
Design (4 credits)
Movement and Voice (4 credits)
Playwriting (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 course = 4 Whitman credits




NTI is located on a former estate on the Connecticut coast.  Students reside in a repurposed farmhouse and mansion on the property in doubles or triple rooms.


All meals are taken in the small dining hall at the Institute.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring 


September-December; January-May

Program Link:

The Eugene O'Neill National Theater Institute (NTI)