Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

This web page is provides a 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 here when new information becomes available. As COVID-19 as sadly become a part of life and the way we work, details about its impact to our programs or events can be found on the pages for the program or event.

For specific inquiries not covered below please contact:


Eric Bemont

Director of Operations

Updated 4/15/2021

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 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


  • ​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.

2021 Summer Season

Information about the season can be found here. The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is a COVID-responsible campus. New London County, CT has done a strong job to mitigate the COVID cases and transmission rates, and we remain committed to ensuring that a positive trend for our region continues. Health and safety protocols are enforced for all individuals on campus including mask requirements and social distancing. Participants and ticket holders will receive detailed information and guidelines prior to their arrival on campus. We are calling on all members of our campus community to join us in promoting a culture of accountability and shared concern. We have all adapted to new normals over the past year and know that the summer will bring new moments of adjustment, learning, sacrifice, and resilience for us all. The O’Neill has always championed collaboration, adaptability, perseverance, trust, and creativity. We ask you to join us in putting those values into practice as we get ready for our 57th Summer Season.