Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

This web page is the official source of information related to the novel coronavirus “COVID-19.” for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and National Theater Institute. The O’Neill will provide updates related to the operation of the Center, undergraduate programs, and events here when new information becomes available.

For specific inquiries not covered below please contact:

 

Eric Bemont

Director of Operations

ebemont@theoneill.org

Updated 9/13/20 at 9:18pm

For the most up-to-date information in this ever-evolving public health crisis, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.


In this period of heightened vigilance, the O’Neill has formed a COVID-19 Working Group that meets regularly. We have taken proactive steps and adjusted all activities accordingly, based on guidance and recommendations from local, state, and federal officials. The safety of students, faculty and staff for all of our programs is our paramount concern.

 
As we work together to address a myriad of concerns regarding the health and safety of our community, we expect all staff, students, and faculty will remain vigilant against the acts of bias, discrimination, and harassment which have emerged globally due to fear and misinformation about the virus. 

staff


  • The O’Neill and National Theater Institute is open for business.
  • The majority of employees are required to work from home until further notice
  • Any ill or symptomatic staff member is required to stay home. Paid sick leave is provided.
  • As encouraged by the CDC and state of CT, we strongly recommend that all employees cease travel, stay home, and practice social/physical distancing.
  • Business travel has been suspended until further notice.
  • Guest privileges are suspended until further notice.
  • Additional guidance will be provided to staff directly.




nti spring 2020 semester (students & faculty)


The O’Neill has been following the dynamic situation posed by COVID-19, and has made the incredibly difficult decision to close the campus of the National Theater Institute for the Spring ‘20 semester. On-campus classes end Monday, March 16 at 10pm for an extended Spring Break, after which classes will resume online.
We encourage students to depart campus by Wednesday, March 18 at 5pm. We all endeavoured for this not to be the case, but we believe this is the most responsible decision during this time of global uncertainty. We grieve with our students for the abrupt ending though know the artistic collaborations they forged here together will go forward remotely for the remainder of the spring and as friends and colleagues for years to come. NTI staff is available to help book travel, assist with packing, provide free on-campus storage or rides to train stations and airports, and to discuss concerns around this transition. We understand that departing campus earlier than expected is not safe or feasible for all students, perhaps because of travel restrictions, financial hardship, and other extenuating circumstances. Students in this situation should still complete the NTI Student Departure Information Form. Unless circumstances make doing so unsafe, the O’Neill will continue to provide housing and meals for students through April 7. Any student anticipating needing to stay longer, should please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you however possible.




visiting artists


  • The NMTC Incubator program and independent artistic residencies are suspended for the remainder of the semester.
  • All residencies scheduled prior to March 10, 2020 will be rescheduled to Fall 2020 or later.




monte cristo award


  • The 2020 Monte Cristo Award previously planned for Sunday, April 19, 2020 in New York City has been postponed. Ticket & table buyers will be contacted directly. Additional details will be announced at a future date.




monte cristo cottage


  • The Monte Cristo Cottage is closed until further notice. The cottage will be available for tours when health recommendations allow.




rentals


  • We have suspended any new rental requests for events prior to September 2020.




young playwrights festival


  • The Young Playwrights Festival has been moved online. All middle and high school playwrights have been contacted directly with additional details about their participation.
  • Stay tuned for updates from the virtual festival.




fishers island golf tournament


  • The 2020 Golf Tournament previously planned for May 27, 2020 has been postponed to October 14. Golfers have been contacted directly.
  • Please contact events@theoneill.org with any questions.




nti fall 2020 programs (ct)


  • We understand that this is a really hard time to make plans to study abroad/study away with so many unknowns for the world at large. We’re here to support you and will do everything we can to safely provide the singular theater training experience you’re looking for. If you have questions or concerns please contact NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org
  • At present, our three CT-based NTI fall programs will take place in-person.
  • We have updated our refund, deferral, and contigency plans here.




fall 2020 moscow art theatre semester


  • After careful review, planning, and reassessment with our partners in Moscow, we do not feel confident that travel to Russia is in the best interest of our students this fall. For the first time in 29 years, we will not be offering our Moscow Art Theatre Semester this Fall. This is a joyless decision and one that we did not make lightly. Dozens of students were accepted into this program and we are working with them individually to determine the best next steps for them (studying with NTI in the fall/spring or deferring to MATS '21, etc.) We believe in their artistry and have a place for them at NTI when the time is right.
  • If you have questions please contact NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org
  • We have updated our refund, deferral, and contigency plans here.





additional  updates

staff


  • The O’Neill and National Theater Institute is open for business.
  • The majority of employees are required to work from home until further notice
  • Any ill or symptomatic staff member is required to stay home. Paid sick leave is provided.
  • As encouraged by the CDC and state of CT, we strongly recommend that all employees cease travel, stay home, and practice social/physical distancing.
  • Business travel has been suspended until further notice.
  • Guest privileges are suspended until further notice.
  • Additional guidance will be provided to staff directly.




nti spring 2020 semester (students & faculty)


The O’Neill has been following the dynamic situation posed by COVID-19, and has made the incredibly difficult decision to close the campus of the National Theater Institute for the Spring ‘20 semester. On-campus classes end Monday, March 16 at 10pm for an extended Spring Break, after which classes will resume online.
We encourage students to depart campus by Wednesday, March 18 at 5pm. We all endeavoured for this not to be the case, but we believe this is the most responsible decision during this time of global uncertainty. We grieve with our students for the abrupt ending though know the artistic collaborations they forged here together will go forward remotely for the remainder of the spring and as friends and colleagues for years to come. NTI staff is available to help book travel, assist with packing, provide free on-campus storage or rides to train stations and airports, and to discuss concerns around this transition. We understand that departing campus earlier than expected is not safe or feasible for all students, perhaps because of travel restrictions, financial hardship, and other extenuating circumstances. Students in this situation should still complete the NTI Student Departure Information Form. Unless circumstances make doing so unsafe, the O’Neill will continue to provide housing and meals for students through April 7. Any student anticipating needing to stay longer, should please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you however possible.




visiting artists


  • The NMTC Incubator program and independent artistic residencies are suspended for the remainder of the semester.
  • All residencies scheduled prior to March 10, 2020 will be rescheduled to Fall 2020 or later.




monte cristo award


  • The 2020 Monte Cristo Award previously planned for Sunday, April 19, 2020 in New York City has been postponed. Ticket & table buyers will be contacted directly. Additional details will be announced at a future date.




monte cristo cottage


  • The Monte Cristo Cottage is closed until further notice. The cottage will be available for tours when health recommendations allow.




rentals


  • We have suspended any new rental requests for events prior to September 2020.




young playwrights festival


  • The Young Playwrights Festival has been moved online. All middle and high school playwrights have been contacted directly with additional details about their participation.
  • Stay tuned for updates from the virtual festival.




fishers island golf tournament


  • The 2020 Golf Tournament previously planned for May 27, 2020 has been postponed to October 14. Golfers have been contacted directly.
  • Please contact events@theoneill.org with any questions.




nti fall 2020 programs (ct)


  • We understand that this is a really hard time to make plans to study abroad/study away with so many unknowns for the world at large. We’re here to support you and will do everything we can to safely provide the singular theater training experience you’re looking for. If you have questions or concerns please contact NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org
  • At present, our three CT-based NTI fall programs will take place in-person.
  • We have updated our refund, deferral, and contigency plans here.




fall 2020 moscow art theatre semester


  • After careful review, planning, and reassessment with our partners in Moscow, we do not feel confident that travel to Russia is in the best interest of our students this fall. For the first time in 29 years, we will not be offering our Moscow Art Theatre Semester this Fall. This is a joyless decision and one that we did not make lightly. Dozens of students were accepted into this program and we are working with them individually to determine the best next steps for them (studying with NTI in the fall/spring or deferring to MATS '21, etc.) We believe in their artistry and have a place for them at NTI when the time is right.
  • If you have questions please contact NTIAdmissions@theoneill.org
  • We have updated our refund, deferral, and contigency plans here.





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