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O’Neill National Theater Institute

This intensive theater program offers students a unique opportunity to study acting, directing, playwriting, movement and voice, and design in a conservatory setting. Students are immersed in theater studies; classes take place seven days a week! Students typically take educational excursions to train with professional theater companies in Stratford-upon-Avon, England or St. Petersburg or Moscow, Russia. The program seeks to offer a “rigorous, conservatory-based approach to theater training, (exposing) students to a broad range of theater styles and techniques.”


Course Listings may be viewed on O'Neill Institute's web page.



Program Advisor
Professor Valerie Smith
Climenhaga 044, 717.776.2511 Ext. 7386

Students must be in good academic standing, minimum 2.75 GPA. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

The credits earned may meet general education or major requirements for your field of study. Core courses include: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Design, and Movement & Voice. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.


Participation in this program does not meet cross-cultural requirements. 

Costs: 2014-2015 

Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.

Messiah tuition, room, board plus $1,700 off-campus study fee.
Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, educational excursions to England, Russia, or New York, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.  Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.  A $500 deposit is typically requested within two weeks of acceptance.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Connecticut. 


Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014                                               

Begin the application process here!


Online Application

Existing Application

Application Checklist


To learn more about studying at the O'Neill National Theater Institute check out:

O'Neill National Theater Institute Homepage
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