Welcome to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's online application portal. The O'Neill uses Submittable host applications for our summer season—like NPC and NMTC—as well as applications for a semester with the National Theater Institute

Create an account below to start your application, save it, and submit it on your time.


  • National Theater Institute: NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org
  • Plays, Musicals, Puppetry, Critics, Cabaret: LitOffice@theoneill.org 

If you have any technical issues or questions about the submission form, please contact Submittable directly through this link: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/

Application Instructions

Please complete your application by 11:59pm PST on September 29, 2022. Early submissions are highly encouraged. Please review the 2023 NPC Application Guide before starting your application. This form will request the following materials:

  • Contact and Demographic Information: Name, email address, telephone number, physical address, etc.
  • Script PDF:  Be prepared to upload a single PDF of your script and developmental goals. Your name, contact information, and agent information (if applicable) must be removed. Be sure to include page numbers. We are only able to accept PDF files.
  • Developmental Goals: This should be no more than a page in length and outline your larger developmental goals for the piece—and, crucially, what you hope to accomplish at the Conference. This should be included on the last page of the PDF of your script. 
  • Biographical Statement: Please focus on your background as a playwright or theater artist. This can be in the style of a standard bio—the kind you might see in a playbill—or something more extensive. Note the 500-word limit.
  • Administrative Fee: The administrative fee for the 2023 National Playwrights Conference is $25. This fee helps offset the costs associated with the organization and administration of NPC: the submission platform, application processing, materials review, and more. If this fee poses a barrier to you, please fill out this form to request a fee waiver before you begin your application.

COVID-19 Information

Please carefully read the following before you apply:

  • All staff, artists, and participants of O'Neill programs—including selected NPC playwrights—must be fully vaccinated with a booster shot before their arrival on campus.
  • At the time of writing, we continue to follow federally mandated COVID-19 guidance for indoor performance venues. Performers on stage will not be masked. Audience members are expected to be masked and show proof of vaccination.
  • While on campus, masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged in group settings—especially while indoors.


  • If we discover an error in your application, the O'Neill will contact you through Submittable. You will have 48 hours to correct your materials. If your application is not corrected, it will be withdrawn from consideration and your fee will not be refunded. Otherwise, please expect to hear from us by March 2023 with an application status update.
  • If you have any technical questions regarding the Submission form, login information, or payment, please contact Submittable directly through THIS LINK.  
  • If you have any questions regarding your application's content, please contact the O'Neill literary office at litoffice@theoneill.org.

"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 support your artistic aspirations.  

Application Deadlines: 

  • 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 

NTI uses Submittable to help you manage your application. Create an account below to start your application, save it, and submit it on your time. 

QUESTIONS?  Contact us at ntiadmissions@theoneill.org. Please add this email to your contacts to ensure that you receive all your materials. 

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