About the National Theater Institute
Risk. Fail. Risk Again.
The National Theater Institute (NTI)—founded at the O’Neill in 1970—trains young theater artists through an intensive, credit-earning curriculum taught by professional artists and master teachers from the U.S. and abroad.
“I experienced things and grew in ways I never expected. It's really plain and simple ... without the 14 weeks I spent at NTI, there's no way I would be an actor. None.” John Krasinski, NTI '01. The Office, Conversations with Hideous Men
NTI has nurtured the careers of almost 1,200 theater artists, including: award-winning actors Jennifer Garner (Juno, Alias), John Krasinski (The Office), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), and Jeremy Piven (Entourage); directors Greg Allen (The NeoFuturists), Jeremy B. Cohen (Playwrights’ Center), Erica Schmidt and Rebecca B. Taichman; playwright Adam Bock (The Receptionist); producers Susan Booth (Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer, Manhattan Theatre Club); and many more.
NTI’s five study away and study abroad programs are:
Offered in the fall and spring - 20 credit hours or 5 course credits
Offered in the fall and spring - 16 credit hours or 4 course credits
Offered in the spring only - 16 credit hours or 4 course credits
Offered in the fall only - 20 credit hours or 5 course credits
Offered in the summer only - 8 credit hours or 2 course credits
“NTI was a life-changing experience and an invaluable supplement to my ‘traditional’ education that I will never forget. It gave me the tools to embark on a career in theater and attack the New York scene with confidence and passion. The lessons I learned continue to inform the way I work with people, the art I create, and the life I live.” Brian Hashimoto, NTI Spring ‘06