O’Neill Theater Center to Begin Accepting Applications for 2023 Programming
The O'Neill: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Waterford, CT – The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center will begin accepting applications for its 2023 programming this month, including two of the O’Neill’s signature summer conferences—the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference—and the spring 2023 semester of the National Theater Institute.

National Playwrights Conference

The O’Neill’s founding program, the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 750 new plays since its inception in 1964. The 2023 Conference will continue this legacy with a group of outstanding new pieces selected through an open script submission process. The O’Neill welcomes all playwrights, regardless of location or agent representation, to submit their work. The National Playwrights Conference application window will open on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, and will close on Thursday, September 29, 2022. 

Selected playwrights will participate in the O’Neill’s writer-driven development process, which allows them time to revise and experiment with their pieces while seeing their scripts directed and performed by a team of industry professionals. 

In 2021, the O’Neill committed to reducing application fees for all of its professional programs with the ultimate goal of reaching a final fee of $15 by Fall 2024. In an effort to reach this goal, the application fee for the 2023 National Playwrights Conference will be reduced to $25. If the fee poses a barrier to entry, applicants may request a fee waiver, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information and NPC application guidelines, visit www.theoneill.org/npc

National Music Theater Conference

The National Music Theater Conference supports the development of all styles and genres of music theater, including musicals, song cycles, operas, and hybrid pieces. Like the National Playwrights Conference, pieces will be selected through an open, blind script submission process. The National Music Theater Conference application window will open on Monday, October 3, 2022 and close on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Selected writers will be matched with a team of leading directors, performers, musicians, and more, as they spend two weeks workshopping their pieces. Writers receive audience feedback through public readings scheduled throughout the process as they continue to experiment with and refine their work.

As a part of the O’Neill’s commitment to reducing its application fees to $15 by Fall of 2024, the National Music Theater Conference fee will be lowered to $25 this year. For those to whom this poses a financial barrier, fee waivers will once again be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information and NMTC application guidelines, visit www.theoneill.org/nmtc.

National Theater Institute

With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, the National Theater Institute’s semester-long programs offer students of all ages a springboard to the professional world. Through its offerings, actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and composers of all ages are trained by master teachers and industry professionals. 

Applications from students interested in the spring 2023 semester will be accepted now through the deadline of Monday, October 24, 2022. The deadline for the summer and fall 2023 semesters will be in spring 2023. The application fee is $30. 

Admitted students will join an ensemble to create and work for thirteen weeks across all theatrical disciplines. The ensembles often move forward together as professional collaborators, whether as a playwright/director team, a composer/librettist team, or a group of actors starting a company. Students can also receive course credit for their work through Connecticut College.

For more information on programs offered this spring, visit www.nationaltheaterinstitute.org

Submission windows for other O’Neill conferences will open in early 2023, and information about those deadlines will be released at a later date.