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 company in London.
Additional information available at O'Neill National Theater Institute.
Professor Tymberly Whitesel
Climenhaga 027, 717.776.2511 Ext. 2575
Experiential Learning Initiative - ELI
All Messiah approved semester-long, off-campus programs are approved and designed to meet the requirements for the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI). To learn more about the process, please explore the ELI Off-Campus Study Information Page.
- Students will complete all of the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) requirements that are a part of this program.
- Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
- 2.75 GPA or higher
Since studying off-campus for a semester is a privilege, please note the following implications of being place on probation at Messiah College:
Chapel Probation: A student currently on chapel probation for the first time (or with an impending chapel probation for the upcoming semester) will be required to communicate or meet with the Director of the Intercultural Office to determine the potential impact on the student’s upcoming semester off-campus. If a student has been placed on chapel probation more than once during their time at Messiah, they will not be eligible to study off-campus for a semester.
Academic Probation or Low GPA: A student on academic probation or whose GPA drops below 2.75 will be not be eligible to study off-campus.
Disciplinary Probation: A student who has been placed on disciplinary probation at any time during the off-campus study application / acceptance process will be required to meet with the Director of the Intercultural Office to determine the potential impact on the student’s upcoming semester off-campus.
Know Before You Go - Challenges
Off-Campus study is a time of challenge and change. The following are some things you should understand about this program before you participate:
- Highly-intensive conservatory style with long days of training.
- There is ready access to both health and mental health care. Seeking support is actively encouraged.
- Regular, intensive Movement-based work, but the faculty work with you when there are limitations.
- 14 hr day, 7 day a week class schedule, with scheduled meal times and some homework time, but most devoted to rigorous class work
- Lack of "alone time" or control over your schedule.
- Students without cars may feel isolated as campus is very small and in a rural area
- Learning to work collaboratively and professionally with an ensemble of peers from ranging backgrounds and experience levels while undergoing that intensive schedule.
Courses may meet general education or major requirements.
Courses will come back on your transcript with a letter grade
Participation in this program does not meet cross-cultural requirements.
During their college careers, students may take a maximum of four courses on a pass/fail (P/F) basis with these conditions:
-Such a course must be from a discipline other than those required for the student's major or minor.
-Courses fulfilling requirements for a major, minor, or general education may not be used.
-Students may declare their intention to take a course under the Pass/Fail option when they register or through the first calendar week of classes at the beginning of the new term. Students may also select to return to the letter grade system during this same time period. The selection cannot be changed after the first calendar week of classes.
-The cut-off point to obtain a P is C–.
-The instructor will submit only conventional letter grades to the Registrar's Office. This office will then convert the grade to P or F. (An instructor does not know which students are taking a course on a pass/fail basis.
Note: Students must declare their intention to take a course under the pass/fail option when they register or during the first FIVE DAYS days at the beginning of the new term. Students may also select to return to the letter grading system during this same time period. The selection on record after the first week of classes cannot be changed.
Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.
Messiah tuition, room, board, student services fee, plus $5,185 off campus study fee.
- tuition, housing, meals
- educational excursions
Note: students in this program have the option to take up to 20 credits. The fees listed above only cover between 12 and 18 credits. If students take more than 18 credits there will an additional overload credit fee added to their bills.
Other additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Connecticut.
Credit Limit Policy for Semester-Long, Off-Campus Program
Typically when students study off-campus in Messiah-approved, semester-long programs, students earn between 13 and 18 credits. All students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits; some programs require that students be enrolled in more. Students must complete the minimum credits required by the program.
In rare instances, students will be able to earn more than 18 credits off campus. If that occurs, students will be required to pay Messiah’s overload credit or whatever credit fee the program charges (whichever is higher) to Messiah for the additional course fees.
Students who audit classes on top of their regular course load will not incur additional fees unless the program charges for auditing courses whether students go over 18 credits or not.
*Note: Off-campus study fee increases annual at the same rate as the yearly tuition increase.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring- April 1
O'Neill National Theatre Institute Deadlines
- Fall - March 20
- Spring - October 20