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Thanks to the O'Neill


A conversation about the legacy and impact of the NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE at the O'Neill Theater Center, with: 

RACHEL JETT (moderator): NTI Artistic Director, NTI alum Spring 1995 and MATS 1996, teacher, librettist-lyricist, actor, and director.

DONNA DINOVELLI: NTI Playwriting Faculty; librettist and lyricist for opera and music theater including the record-breaking Little House on the Prairie with Rachel Portman (Guthrie Theater, National Tour) and Heart of a Soldier with Christopher Theofanidis for San Francisco Opera. Currently developing The Good Swimmer with Heidi Rodewald.  

JOSH RADNOR: NTI alum Spring 1995; nine seasons as Ted in CBS' How I Met Your Mother; writer, director, and star of the feature films Happythankyoumoreplease and Liberal Arts; Broadway credits include The Graduate opposite Kathleen Turner and Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced opening this fall.   

With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, the NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE'S six semester-long programs offer students a springboard to the professional world at the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Founded in 1970, NTI's credit-earning theater intensives, taught by industry professionals and master teachers, train actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers who are high school graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates. Programs include the National Music Theater Institute (NMTI), Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS), National Theater Institute (NTI), Advanced Playwriting (NTI-AP), Advanced Directing (NTI-AD), and Theatermakers Summer Intensive (TM). To apply online or learn more, visit or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@NTIRiskFailRisk). Risk. Fail. Risk Again.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Launchpad of the American Theater: The O’Neill Center Since 1964

The LPA is proud to offer free admission to programs on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program in the lobby of 111 Amsterdam Ave.  At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information. All programs are subject to last minute change or cancellation.