Few theaters have had a greater impact on American drama: the O’Neill created innovative new models and pioneered play development at the dawn of the American regional theater movement. Previously there was no system in place to bring new work to the stage away from the pressures of commercial production, giving unheralded and undiscovered writers the time and space to refine their work. The O’Neill was and is that place.
From those early pioneering days in play development, the O’Neill has grown to include equally innovative programs for composers, puppeteers, students, cabaret artists and continues to be an artistic beacon for the discovery of new artists and new work every summer.
National Playwrights Conference
The National Playwrights Conference creates a supportive environment that empowers playwrights to their own process and to experience the play with a professional company.
National Music Theater Conference
The National Music Theater Conference (NMTC) provides a challenging environment where emerging and established creative artists can take huge risks in order to refine and illuminate their work’s vision during its formative stages.
National Puppetry Conference
The National Puppetry Conference creates contemporary works of theater that defy imagination and confound expectations. Conference participants collaborate with nationally and internationally renowned puppet artists to push the boundries of puppetry and challenge themselves and their audiences.
Cabaret & Performance Conference
The Conference reexamines, redefines and revitalizes the Cabaret art form for the 21st century using a definition of cabaret as “any kind of live performance in an intimate space that breaks the fourth wall.”