National Theater Institute Program

Scene from a theatre production Much Ado About Nothing

Program Overview

George Fox’s theatre students may apply to study at the O'Neill Center in Waterford, Connecticut, for one semester through a cooperative agreement with the National Theater Institute. This 14-week study away program is offered twice a year, in the fall and spring.

This rigorous, conservatory-based approach to theatre training exposes students to a broad range of theatre styles and techniques. Coursework is rooted in five primary disciplines: acting, directing, labyrinthine, design and movement and voice.

Admission to NTI is competitive; applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadlines (please note that it is only offered in the fall).

Course Content

Classes are held seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a 7:30 a.m. warm-up six days a week.


Two weeks of the semester are spent abroad. The fall ensemble trains with Complicite, based in the United Kingdom and regarded as one of Europe’s most important theater companies. Its award-winning productions of classics and group-devised pieces tour around the world.


Six dormitory cottages are each home to approximately a dozen students in double or single rooms. All rooms include beds, desks, dressers and closets and are fully accessible. Each floor has private bathrooms and shower rooms. Every cottage has a common living space to study, socialize or even stage a scene. Three meals a day are served on-site by our resident chefs.

Program Fees & Eligibility

You pay your regular George Fox tuition and room and board and continue to receive all of your financial aid. Due to the high cost of some programs, an additional fee may be charged. You are responsible for round-trip airfare. The fee does include emergency travel insurance.

To apply, you must be a full-time undergraduate student with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Application Process

Applying to the program is a two-step process, requiring that you complete both a George Fox and external site application. Visit the Application Page to get specific details. Once you’ve completed the George Fox application, we will provide you with information to apply to the National Theater Institute.