2021 Summer Season

The 2021 summer season, the first under the leadership of Executive Director Tiffani Gavin, will be held in a hybrid format — both online and in-person. In addition to a return to live performances, the season includes 14 free events and eight online events which will be available to artists, audiences, and supporters across the nation. Throughout these programs the mission & values of the O’Neill remain vibrant and vital.


Join us to see how support for artists, a welcoming environment for imaginative discovery and celebration, and the safety of our community are at the forefront of this #ONeillSummer!



With so many ways to join us this summer, we've put together one place for you to purchase tickets to shows, RSVP for free events, and book a table for our summer gala. Additionally, you'll find future on-sale dates and helpful information about visiting our campus this summer. 


The O’Neill relies on its Members to keep its programs strong, provide critical support for the creation of new theater, and participate in the development process. Please consider becoming a member today!


The National Puppetry Conference, under the leadership of Pam Arciero, was held virtually June 6-11 with puppeteers from all over the globe.


We are delighted to offer the opportunity to watch the five Master Classes from the 2021 National Puppetry Conference On-Demand. These recordings will be available for viewing until the end of the month.


Since its founding in 1978, the National Music Theater Conference has developed more than 130 new musicals, including early works of award-winning writers and composers such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Michael R. Jackson, Kirsten Childs, Andrew Lippa, Tan Dun, Robert Lopez, Duncan Sheik, Adam Gwon, Steven Sater, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Maury Yeston, and Jeanine Tesori.


Utilizing a hybrid model, the 2021 Conference will focus on collaboration and development through on-campus writer residencies, community building, and mentorship with top professionals across the industry.


Since 1964, the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 750 new plays, including early works of award-winning writers such as Lee Blessing, Adam Bock, Kia Corthron, Christopher Durang, John Guare, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Martyna Majok. Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Robert O’Hara, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and Jeremy O. Harris (whose 2018 NPC play Slave Play is nominated for a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards this year).


Utilizing a hybrid model, the 2021 Conference will focus on collaboration and development through on-campus writer residencies, community building, and mentorship with top professionals across the industry.


The Cabaret & Performance Conference will present seven shows under the stars August 5-14 in the O’Neill’s iconic Amphitheater.


Open to the public, this re-imagined programming in a COVID-responsible environment will bring headliners in solo performances as well as feature our Cabaret Fellows and Junior Fellows in singular evenings of entertainment.


Masks and social distancing are required.

Due to an unprecedented Member pre-sale and changes to our showtimes, our Public Sale has been delayed. If tickets become available they will go on sale August 3.


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Join us for four free on-campus events shining a light on unique features of our acclaimed national conferences through storytelling, interviews, and demonstrations. Masks and social distancing required.


PAST EVENT - 6/26 - NMTC: The Evolution of a Song

Listen and learn as the National Music Theater Conference's Artistic Director Alexander Gemignani, writer Amy Jo Jackson (NMTC '21), and arranger Pearl Rhein discuss the evolution of a song from an impulse to draft to performance.

PAST EVENT - 7/10 - The NPC Effect

A look at how the O'Neill's development process leads to production and influences the American theater. Join National Playwright Conference artists Carla Ching, Lawrence E Moten III, Reed Birney, and Samuel D. Hunter in a conversation moderated by NPC Artistic Director Wendy C.Goldberg.

PAST EVENT - 7/24 - PUP: Bonnie Duncan presents "Squirrel Stole My Underpants"

National Puppetry Conference alumnus Bonnie Duncan brings Squirrel Stole My Underpants, a 35-minute adventure tale for families, to the amphitheater. Join us for a show and talkback,hosted by PUP Artistic Director Pam Arciero. Using rod puppets, hand puppets, and object manipulation, she brings to life an unordinary world. Blending puppetry, dance, and physical theater, the performance explores that delicate time in childhood when you desperately want to be a grown-up but still need your blanket to make you feel safe.

PAST EVENT - 8/7 at 4pm - NCI: Back on Broadway

National Critics Institute Director and Chicago Tribune critic and columnist Chris Jones, joined by leading critics and Broadway personalities, will take us behind-the-scenes to look at the impact the past 18 months have had on Broadway as well as chart the course for recovery for the theater industry at large.


PAST EVENT - 6/13 - Michael R. Jackson (NMTC ‘18) with pianist Sean Cameron

Michael R. Jackson's 2020 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle winning A Strange Loop (which had its 2019 world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in association with Page 73 Productions) was called "a full-on laparoscopy of the heart, soul, and loins" and a "gutsy, jubilantly anguished musical with infectious melodies" by Ben Brantley for the New York Times. In The New Yorker, Vinsom Cunningham wrote, "To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M.C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor." In addition to A Strange Loop, he also wrote book, music, and lyrics for White Girl in Danger. Awards and associations include: a New Professional Theatre Festival Award, a Jonathan Larson Grant, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, an ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, a Whiting Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, an Antonyo Award, a Fred Ebb Award, a Windham-Campbell Prize, a Dramatist Guild Fellowship and he is an alum of Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writer's Group. SEAN P. CAMERON – Sean is a Cincinnati native who resides and performs in New York City as a pianist, conductor, and music director. Sean was the associate music director and pianist for the 2018 U.S. and Japanese tour of A Chorus Line, directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee. And upon returning from Japan, he spent the holiday season traveling across the country as music director and conductor for the NETworks touring production of Elf The Musical. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of music and staff pianist at Marymount Manhattan College.

PAST EVENT - 6/20 - Mary Kate Morrissey (NMTC '17) & Ginna Claire Mason

MARY KATE MORRISSEY spent the past year building a virtual musical theater school with best friend Ginna Claire Mason that served as home to a 100+ community ages 5-30 called Double Named Witches. Pre-Broadway shutdown, MK was touring with MEAN GIRLS as Janis and plans to return in the fall! Other credits: Elphaba, National Tour of WICKED. Off-Broadway: David Byrne's Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), International Tour: HAIR as Sheila. Favorite Regional: Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Sundance Lab, Vineyard Arts, The O'Neill, Theatreworks Palo Alto, and Denver Theater Center. Love to Fiance Shark. @maryspacekate

PAST EVENT - 7/11 - Rebecca Hart (NPC ‘10 & NMTC ‘11) & The Wrong Band

Rebecca Hart is thrilled to come back to the O’Neill in yet another capacity after acting in the 2010 National Playwright’s Conference ( A Devil at Noon), acting/singing in the 2011 National Music Theater Conference ( Son of a Gun), and receiving a 2019 Incubator Writers’ Residency for her musical IRON JOHN: an american ghost story with collaborator Jacinth Greywoode. She is particularly happy to be playing here as one of Rebecca Hart & the Wrong Band’s first live gigs since early 2020. Hart is an alum of Brown University’s Theatre department, the Maggie Flanigan Studio’s Two Year Actor Training Program, and NYU’s The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (MFA, Book & Lyrics, 2018). Recent acting credits include the 2019 tour of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (Public Theater) and a CT Critics Circle Award for The Revolutionists (Playhouse on Park). Recent lyric/libretto credits include: The Barren(s) (Kennedy Center American Opera Initiative Commission); IRON JOHN (productions at Temple University and Manhattan School of Music (upcoming), 2020 Richard Rodgers Finalist, Theatreworks Silicon Valley & NAMT Festival 2019; and MICROCOSMOS (Civilians R&D Group 2019). Her album The Magician’s Daughter was produced by acclaimed songwriter/cellist Ben Sollee and by Ben Arons. The Wrong Band plays out regularly; recent appearances include the Rockwood Music Hall, the Irish Arts Center’s Donaghy Theatre and the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge MA. An Associate Artist with The Civilians theatre company, Hart has acted in and/or made songs for shows at BAM, The Met Museum, and The Public Theater. In 2020, she played a weekly livestream quarantine cabaret called The Chrysalis, episodes of which can be viewed on her social media. (insta @rhart37, YT @RAHNewYork).

PAST EVENT - 7/18 - Pomme Koch (NPC '16) feat. AJ Holmes & Bligh Voth

Pomme was most recently seen on Broadway and on tour in the Tony Award Winning original musical, The Band’s Visit. He’s performed off-Broadway and across the country at La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Folger Theatre, and many more but he would give it all up to be a member of the E Street Band or understudy Springsteen on Broadway. Bligh was most recently seen on the 1st National Tour of The Band’s Visit. She has worked regionally and off-Broadway at theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse and more, and has performed her cabaret show, “No Really, I’m Not Crazy” in New York City and across the country. AJ Holmes has performed on Broadway, the West End, and around the world in The Book of Mormon. His solo show, “Yeah, But Not Right Now” was featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and you can catch him performing standup comedy and original musical in New York City and throughout the country.

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Join us for casual concerts featuring solo performances from O'Neill alumni in a COVID-responsible environment. Bring your beach blankets and chairs to a dedicated and distanced circle on the grass in the Sunken Garden. Each low-priced ticket provides space for up to six members of a household or bubble to enjoy an afternoon concert overlooking the Long Island Sound. We're excited to welcome back past O'Neill artists to share their talents in a new way! Garden opens at 3pm for entry. Concessions available. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. Masks and social distancing are required.

Join us Saturday, July 31 under the tent in the Sunken Garden. This festive summer fundraiser will feature cocktails, live entertainment from The Doo Wop Project, and an unparalleled view of Long Island Sound during a sunset seated dinner.

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The Pub opened for the season on Saturday, June 12. Enjoy a drink and small bites from our full-service bar in the iconic log cabin and reconnect with your friends on the Pub's expansive patio and lawn with views of Long Island Sound.


New for 2021! Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with food trucks every weekend, happy hour specials, live music featuring local musicians, brunch-style specialty cocktails on Sundays, and even more outdoor seating on our spacious grounds! Artists and events will be announced at a later date.


The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is a COVID-responsible campus. Masks must be worn while ordering drinks inside the Pub.


Your patronage of Blue Gene's Pub helps support the O'Neill's educational and artistic development programs. Follow @BlueGenesPub for updates. 


Theatermakers Summer Intensive trains 26 students in a credit-earning curriculum of acting, directing, and playwriting. The four-week program focuses on: cultivating constant creativity practice, essential training techniques, high-quality mentorship, and collaborative opportunities that yield original work. Our students join all the 2021 Summer Season artists gathered at the O’Neill with a shared passion for creating new work for the stage.


Due to COVID-19, Theatermakers performances will not be open to the public this season.


America's only boot camp for arts writers, NCI 2021 will offer a virtual 6-day online intensive July 5-10. One of the O'Neill’s oldest programs, National Critics Institute is an intensive professional workshop designed for arts writers and critics (in fields such as theater, dance, film, music and food) looking to strengthen and diversify their skills in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced industry.


Director Chris Jones, critic and columnist at the Chicago Tribune and Associate Director, Naveen Kumar, head America’s leading boot camp for arts journalism, offering an intensive course of study for writers of diverse experience levels.



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The 2021 Summer Season is made possible by:

The Shubert Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Burry Fredrik Foundation, Connecticut Office for the Arts, Geraldine Stutz Trust, The Jane Henson Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Nan H. Altmayer Charitable Trust, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, Actors' Equity Foundation, Frederic R. Coudert Foundation, The Kitchings Family Foundation, The Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the support of individual O’Neill donors.


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.