New summer intensive for high school students prepping for performance in college and beyond!

High school students interested in preparing for college training and professional life as an actor have a new destination. Long considered a premiere training program for gap year, undergraduate, and professional students, the National Theater Institute (NTI), a program of the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, will welcome high school students for the first time this summer (2023) in its inaugural Emerging Artists Intensive.

Scheduled for August 6-13, 2023, NTI’s Emerging Artists Intensive is designed to give young artists ages 15-19 a taste of conservatory-style education similar to an undergraduate training program. Students will also receive help preparing for professional and educational auditions while gaining insight into life as a professional artist.

Participants will also have opportunities to interact with other artists on campus for the O’Neill’s Cabaret & Performance Conference, which includes their peers participating in the prestigious Junior Cabaret Fellows program for high school-age singers.

Tuition for the Emerging Artists Intensive program is $2,800, which includes room, board, and all programming. Travel to and from Waterford, CT, must be provided by the student.

Interested students should apply for the program by June 1. Applicants must upload a resume and headshot as well as answer a few brief questions regarding their interest and provide one reference. Applications are available at

The Emerging Artists Intensive joins a long list of world-class NTI programs, including the National Theater Institute semester, National Music Theater Institute semester, Advanced Directing semester, Advanced Playwriting semester, and the Theatermakers Summer Intensive. Each of this programs earns college credit through Connecticut College. NTI also partners with the UK’s Rose Bruford College to offer an international MA/MFA program.

Since its founding in 1970, NTI has provided hundreds of students a springboard to the professional world. Alumni of NTI’s programs include John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch, Jennifer Garner, Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Etai Benson, Kimberly Marable, Jiehae Park, Diana Oh, Rebecca Taichman, Susan V. Booth, Maria Manuela Goyanes, and more.  

To learn more about NTI and the Emerging Artists Intensive, visit Additional information about the O’Neill is available at Questions can be directed to [email protected]♦  

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