Launch of National Music Theater Institute on Schedule for Fall Semester of 2014


Looking down Cottage RowHartford, CT – The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has officially been granted $3 Million in bonding funds from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, allowing it to move forward with construction of housing and rehearsal facilities required to launch a new program in fall of 2014.

The National Music Theater Institute (NMTI) will serve as a new program of the existing National Theater Institute, which has been training undergraduates in a credit-bearing semester in dramatic theater since 1970. NMTI will offer a semester-away program in all areas of musical theater training for college undergraduates from the U.S. and abroad.

From porch looking uphillThe expansion, the largest in the Center’s history, includes seven new dormitory cottages creating living spaces for 65 artists and faculty, a laundry building, a new rehearsal hall and the renovation of existing buildings into additional production and rehearsal space. The town of Waterford recently renewed the O’Neill’s lease for 60-years on its 305 Great Neck Road property, and has approved all construction permits clearing the way for a late summer ground breaking.

Executive Director Preston Whiteway remarked, “The O’Neill is entering an exciting and transformative time in its history, equal in implication to the future of American theater as our founding nearly 50 years ago. We are grateful for the support of Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Department of Economic Development, whose investment will join private donations making this project a reality.”

The National Music Theater Institute will be a unique program internationally, with comprehensive seven-day-a week-training in all areas of musical theater, including composition and playwriting, acting, voice, directing, choreography, and design.

“With the recent successes of network television programs such as Glee and Smash, and leveraging the O’Neill’s vast professional resources in musical theater & undergraduate training and the Broadway community, NMTI is poised for success," Mr. Whiteway said. "After 6 years in planning, the Board and staff are thrilled to get started.”

For information about the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center or the National Music Theater Institute, please visit or call (860) 443.5378.

Across from Rehearsal Building