"NTI is a practicum. It is your laboratory. We hope to test your limits. We hope that you exceed your own expectations and perceptions of what those limits may be. We hope to redefine what you believe is possible, the possibilities of what can happen in a day, and the possibilities of what can happen on the stage. The people you work with at NTI join you on your professional and personal journey sharing a common experience, language, and work ethic.  Ready? Let's begin!" - Rachel Jett, NTI Artistic Director 

THANK YOU FOR APPLYING TO THE NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE!  We look forward to reviewing your materials and working together to discover your place in the theater. Should you have any questions please contact us at nti@theoneill.org.

Requirements for Admission: When selecting students we look for a proven ability to handle the demands of disciplined theater work and to be a positive and contributing member of an ensemble. Applicants must be high school graduates or ATB and demonstrate a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges of an intensive semester of study as well as a determination to complete the chosen program in a conscientious manner. Finalists for each program will be notified by email to schedule an interview.

Twelve College Exchange Schools: You must file a Twelve College Exchange application (available at your school) with the appropriate dean prior to submitting this application if you attend one of the following colleges: Amherst, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Wheaton, or Williams.

Application Deadlines: To be sure your application is considered, please submit by the dates listed for each program. Early applications are encouraged and may be eligible to receive early acceptance.

  • MARCH 20 - (Summer and Fall Programs) National Theater Institute Semester, National Music Theater Institute, NTI-Advanced Directing, Moscow Art Theatre Semester, Theatermakers Summer Intensive 
  • OCTOBER 20 (Spring Programs) National Theater Institute Semester, NTI-Advanced Directing, NTI-Advanced Playwriting


Scholarship Application: NTI operates under a need-blind admission policy. An applicant's financial need will not be taken into consideration when deciding to accept, wait list, or deny admission.  In order to apply for need-based scholarship assistance from the National Theater Institute, please fill out the application (pdf available for download at http://www.nationaltheaterinstitute.org/admissions/financial-aid/). This completed application should be uploaded with your application. 

NTI uses Submittable to help you manage your application. Please create an account below so that you can track your progress. We know it can often take a little time to polish the essay, decide between semesters, or pick your favorite headshot (though NTI doesn’t require anything fancy--just a photo that looks like you). This application allows you to start your application, save it, and submit it on your time. Should you have any questions please contact us at nti@theoneill.org.


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