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 10/1/2020 at 4:34pm

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. 

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national puppetry conference - 2021 update pending


2020 Summer Season:

  • A modified, five-day conference will be held online June 8-12.
  • We are sensitive to the financial constraints of our community and have created a lower-cost Conference, with scholarship support for all participants.
  • In celebration of the 30th Conference, we will be offering our 5-part master class series with renowned world class puppetry artists to the public for $125 and will go on-sale by June 1. (As always, our master classes will be included in tuition for 2020 Conference participants.)
  • Puppets in the Pub presented by Blue Gene’s Pub will occur online each night from 9-10pm EST. Additional information about how to join these online evenings for free will be shared with conference participants and alumni by June 1. Donations will be accepted to support the O'Neill.
  • Puppeteers have been informed of this change and their enrollment options directly.
  • There will be no public presentations.




blue gene's pub


  • Blue Gene’s Pub is closed until further notice. The Pub may reopen when health recommendations allow.




additional information


Updates pending for the following initiatives:

  • Playwright Observers
  • Visiting Professionals
  • SuperReaders
  • CTI at O’Neill
  • Incubator Concert
  • NTI’s 12-Hour Intensive
  • NMTC Incubator Program
  • Visiting Artists & Residencies




national playwrights conference - 2021 update pending


2020 Summer Season:

  • NPC will award four writers with monetary and dramaturgical support. Additionally, these writers will be offered finalist positions in the 2021 submission process.
  • The entirety of the 2020 finalist group, comprised of 63 writers, will advance to the finalist pool for the 2021 submission process.
  • There will be no public presentations.




national music theater conference -2021 update pending


2020 Summer Season:

  • NMTC will award two writing teams with monetary and dramaturgical support. Additionally, these writers will be offered finalist positions in the 2021 submission process.
  • 4 additional writing teams also in the 2020 finalist round, will be offered finalist positions in the 2021 submission process.
  • There will be no public presentations.




national directors fellowship - 2021 update pending


2020 cohort:

  • The selection process continues and all interviews have been moved online.
  • Orientation will happen in July with selected fellows.




cabaret & performance conference - 2021 update pending


2020 Summer Season:

  • The Cabaret Fellows program will be held online August 3-7. Applications have been extended to May 22 to accommodate additional interest in this remote-learning program.
  • The Cabaret Juniors program will utilize distance-learning approach with five days of personalized and collaborative instruction August 3-7, culminating in a virtual performance.
  • Cabaret Happy Hour presented by Blue Gene’s Pub will be held online.
  • There will be no public presentations.




national critics institute - 2021 update pending


2020 Summer Season:

  • We will provide full-tuition scholarships to each selected fellow.
  • It is our intention, upon mutual agreement, that fellows who complete NCI 2020 online will be offered a position to return for NCI 2021 on-campus.
  • Applicants have been informed of this change and their enrollment options directly.
  • NCI will convene for a 5-day online intensive July 6-10 for selected writers. The intensive will feature workshops and assignments with a world-class faculty of journalists, critics, and arts writers.




national theater institute


This fall, we are providing 43 National Theater Institute students a safe, rigorous, and responsive theater training this fall. Here are just some of the ways we are doing that: - Regular COVID testing for staff, faculty, and students - Students will live, eat, and work in small "pods" - Masks and social distancing are required - Simultaneous virtual instruction will be available - Daily health screenings for everyone on campus - All students have single bedrooms - Grab-and-go meals for outdoor dining - Social distance indicators on classroom floors - One-way traffic patterns in some buildings - Maximum capacities in spaces - Enhanced cleaning procedures and ventilation Take a look at these images from campus. Prospective students

  • 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 spring '21 programs will take place in-person.
  • We have updated our refund, deferral, and contigency plans here.




fishers island golf tournament


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




monte cristo cottage


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




staff


  • ​The O’Neill and National Theater Institute is open for business.
  • Staff required on-campus is tested for COVID every two weeks.
  • The off-campus 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.





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