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.

“The program covers an extensive array of subjects: Shakespeare, contemporary acting, playwriting, directing, stage combat, improv, dance, voice, design, producing, Droznin Russian acrobatics, yoga, among other things. A commitment to empathy, community, humility, team building, listening and perseverance was stressed by every member of the faculty. We were made to feel completely safe and valued throughout the semester; I feel that this kind of environment is absolutely crucial to creative development. I was surrounded by thirty of the most supportive, dedicated, compassionate, intelligent and inventive people I have ever had the privilege of knowing, and was constantly encouraged, by their commitment, to push myself further.” - Haley G. ‘16

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)