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.
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 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.
- Courses may meet general education or major requirements.
- Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
- Participation in this program does not meet cross-cultural requirements.
Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.
Fee which is to be determined; covers:
- tuition, housing, meals
- educational excursions
Note: 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.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring – April 1
O'Neill National Theatre Institute Deadlines
- Fall - March 20
- Spring - October 20