National Theatre Institute, Moscow Russia (offered fall semester only)

Program Overview
George Fox University's Theatre students may apply to study at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia for one semester through a cooperative agreement with the National Theatre Institute. In this highly competitive, 13-week study abroad program, you live and study in the vibrant city of Moscow, visit cultural sites, see theater and train with master teachers of the Moscow Art Theater School. Classes are held six days a week, from 9am to 5:30 pm. Daily acting classes in the Stanislavsky System, the Michael Chekhov Technique, and movement classes (including Biomechanics and ballet) are complemented with voice, design, Russian language and Russian theater history. This is the ONLY program through which undergraduates from all over America can study at MATS for an entire semester.


  • Acting - Daily classes in all phases of acting technique with special emphasis on the style that characterized Russian theater: Stanislavsky and the Expressionist Directors. Extensive scene work concentrating on Russian dramatists such as Chekhov, Gogol, Gorky, and Ostrovsky, as well as contemporary playwrights.
  • Movement & VoiceDaily classes in vocal technique, production and singing. Movement classes include Biomechanics, mime, classical folk dance, scenic movement and ballet. Classes focus on developing the actor’s imagination in connection with the training and development of the physical and vocal instrument.
  • Russian Theater History & CinemaThis course is designed to familiarize students with the rich history of the Russian cinema and theater, especially the Moscow Art Theater and the Stanislavsky System. In addition to regular lectures, an integral part of the course includes theater, museum and cultural visits.
  • DesignAn introduction to the world of Russian set and costume design and to the production itself. Prominent designers talk about design theory and history, plus students visit the costume department of The State Armory, Russia’s oldest museum 
  • Russian LanguageIntensive language immersion appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels. Advanced level students will have special classes to improve their language skills. 

Culture & Travel
This immersion in conservatory-based training is enhanced by the rich cultural life of Moscow. Every student will frequently attend the theater, opera, ballet, concerts and museum exhibits: as many as 40 to 50 shows in one semester! Tickets are provided as an integral part of the cultural program. 

During their stay in Russia, students will also travel for several days to St. Petersburg for a guided tour of Russia’s old capital city. 

Russian language experience is encouraged but not required, since many classes are in English and others have excellent translators. 

Program Fees
Students pay their regular George Fox tuition and room and aboard and continue to receive all of their financial aid.  Due to the high cost of some programs an additional fee may be charged.  The student is responsible for round trip airfare.  There also may be an additional charge for a visa. The fee does include emergency travel insurance.

The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application

The MATS application should only be completed after being informed from the George Fox Study Abroad Direcdtor that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.

• Admission to MATS is competitive; applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadlines – please note that it is only offered in the fall. Click here for application.

20 credit hours or 5 course credits. Connecticut College is the college of record for NTI.
One semester of academic credit is awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the program. All classes are taught on the premises of the Moscow Art Theatre. At the end of the MATS semester, grades are reported to Connecticut College where they are put on an official transcript and forwarded to the student's college or university registrar upon request. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus.

MATS students live in the centrally located and newly renovated Moscow Art Theater School dormitory with a dining room, WiFi Internet access and excellent security.

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