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

Updated 2/11/2020 at 6:20pm

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. 


national puppetry conference

A six-day conference will be held online June 6-11. Information and applications for participants can be found here. There will be no public pupperty presentations on-campus this summer. Virtual events, open to the public, will be announced at a later date.

blue gene's pub

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

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

We are providing National Theater Institute students a safe, rigorous, and responsive theater training. 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: Our five CT-based programs are on-campus. The Moscow Art Theatre Semester has been paused until 2022. 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

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Please contact 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.


  • ​The O’Neill and National Theater Institute is open for business.
  • Staff required on-campus is tested for COVID every two weeks.
  • All other employees are working from home.
  • 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 has been provided to staff directly.

young playwrights festival - 2021update pending


Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

305 Great Neck Road

Waterford, CT 06385

Administrative Offices: (860) 443-5378



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