Direct Support to Artists

For over 50 years, thousands of new artists have been nurtured, discovered, and developed at the O’Neill. From writers to puppeteers, performers to directors, hundreds of careers are launched every year.

Support for artists - scholarships, sponsorship of new work, and fellowship funds - generate a meaningful and direct impact on the O’Neill’s mission, and make possible a semester at the National Theater Institute or summer at the O’Neill.


Scholarship support provides valuable aid for artists seeking to study in various programs, and ensures the O'Neill's role as a national leader in nurturing and developing artistic talent.

>> National Theater Institute Scholarships

As the cost of education increases, financial barriers prevent a rising class of theater artists from sharing in the transformative, singluar experience of the National Theater Institute.  More and more, students withdraw applications for lack of resources. Untold others never apply.

Access and opportunity for those seeking to train at NTI is paramount to the future of American theater.  NTI is a launchpad for careers. Invest in the future.


>> Puppet Artists

The National Puppetry Conference encourages puppet artists to create and communicate through the visual and kinetic form of the puppet, to push beyond their personal boundaries, and develop new works for Puppet Theater. Participants collaborate with renowned guest directors, puppet artists, and playwrights to develop innovative productions conceived by guest artists, as well as presentations initiated by the Conference participants. 

The annual Conference would not be a possibility for puppet artists without supplemental scholarship aid. There are multiple scholarships to give to from general to specific needs.

>> Cabaret Fellows & Junior Fellows

The O'Neill provides young and emerging professional artists individualized attention and the opportunity to interact with other artists, establishing support and camaraderie between participants, guest artists, and faculty of the Cabaret & Performance Conference.  With two classes daily, the Fellows & Junior Fellows prepare for public performances during the conference, mentored and developed with the support of the best of Broadway.


Sponsor New Work

The O’Neill is a pioneer in the development of new work and new artists for American theater, and sponsorship of new work while under development plays an important role in ensuring that legacy.  Over 1,000 new works have been born at the National Playwrights and National Music Theater Conference, many of which continue on to regional theater, Broadway, and international productions every year.

  > Become a sponsor of new work

Artist Fellowships

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's impact on the American theater extends well beyond the development of new plays and musicals. Fellowships in criticism and stage directing propel the next generation of leaders in these important areas.

>> National Critics Institute Fellows

Director Chris Jones helms America's leading boot camp for arts writers, the National Critics Institute, offering an intensive course of study for fellows of all experience levels, especially for those in mid-career.


>> National Directors Fellows

The program is 18 months of hands-on, practical experience.  It connects early-career directors to a vast network of new writers, expands access to professional support services, and provides laboratory-likeenvironments for observation and experimentation, equipping tomorrow’s stage directors with the skills, knowledge, and network to advance new play development and production around the country.

Supporting National Directors Fellowships is to support the now generation of emerging, talented directors. 


Wendy Wasserstein Fund

Wendy Wasserstein, Tony® and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Eugene O'Neill Theater Center alumnae, was a passionate advocate for the O'Neill's Open Submissions process, which supports any writer to submit a script for consideration for NPC development.  Upon her death, the Wendy Wasserstein Fund was created through the generous support of her family and friends, to ensuring the survival of the open submissions process by establishing an endowment to help underwrite costs and minimize the playwright's cost for script submission.

All gifts to the Wendy Wasserstein Fund are fully tax-deductible, and will be invested in perpetuity with only earnings available for expenditure in support of open submissions alone.