The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, is celebrating 25 years of international partnership with Russia’s Moscow Art Theater School by announcing a March 20 deadline for students to apply for the annual Moscow Art Theater Semester (MATS).
American undergraduates who are chosen for the program spend the fall semester in the Russian capital in what the program calls “intense training in acting and movement at the birthplace of modern drama.”
Founded in 1898 by Konstantin Stanislavski, the Moscow Art Theatre is known for presenting original productions of works by Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorki, Mikhail Bulgakov, and other great writers of the early 20th century. The company has also been credited with bringing the role of theatre directors, acting ensembles, and repertory companies into prominence.
The O'Neill Center has produced more than 1,000 new stage works, mainly through its annual National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute, including first productions of works by August Wilson and others.
Applications for the fall 2017 semester are being accepted through March 20. Interested students should visit NationalTheaterInstitute.org for more information about applying.
Alumni of the program include notable figures in theater, television, and film including Austin Smith, understudy to Aaron Burr and George Washington in the original Broadway cast of Hamilton; Etai Benson, an actor currently performing in the national tour of An American In Paris; and Van Hansis, the four-time Emmy-nominated actor currently starring in The Eastsiders.
For more information, visit Theoneill.org.