Applications open for 2-week summer intensive - National Critics Institute
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:12 pm EST 03/04/19

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
applications open for

Acclaimed Two-week Summer Intensive

Helmed by Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones

Application Deadline April 1

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute, the nation’s foremost program designed for early and mid-career arts writers and critics to strengthen their skills, is now accepting applications for the 2019 season. The professional program, helmed by Director Chris Jones, will take place June 30-July 14, 2019 on the O’Neill’s seaside campus. Applicants may submit their materials for consideration through April 1. There is no fee to apply.

The chief theater critic and Sunday culture columnist at the Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones leads America's leading boot camp for arts writers, offering fellows an intensive course of study for writers. “The range of this historic and prestigious program has expanded to better reflect the needs of the changed profession,” Jones says. “This is the only such major program in America that focuses on arts criticism and reporting, and the faculty and fellows are a formidable group. The achievements of our passionate alumni speak for themselves.”

Recent alumni include prominent cultural writers: Diep Tran, Jose Solis, Suzy Evans, Wei-Huan Chen, Christine Cauterruci, Jennifer Vanasco, Naveen Kumar, Kulundra Smith, and Erin Keane, among many others.

One of the O'Neill's oldest programs, the Institute convenes concurrently with the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference. NCI is a two-week residential workshop which includes: writing workshops in the crafts of reviewing across disciplines and writing more exciting profiles in the field of arts and entertainment; insights into the critical process with a world-class faculty; explorations of the relationship of critics with social media; study of blogging best practices; off-site trips; and many opportunities to network with other critics and creative professionals.

For a third year, NCI will join with American Theatre magazine and Theatre Communications Group’s Rising Leaders of Color to address the lack of diversity in the critical talent pool, and to create new opportunities to nurture and grow arts journalists to reflect the increasingly diverse work on U.S. stages.

Application & additional information: http://www.theoneill.org/nci.

The National Critics Institute is supported by the Knight Foundation, the Drama Desk, the American Theater Critics Association, and other friends of the O’Neill.

About the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:

The Launchpad of the American theater, the O’Neill is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater. Founded in 1964, and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and thousands more emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at theaters around the world. O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute – which offers six credit-earning undergraduate training programs. In addition, the O’Neill owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The O’Neill is the recipient of two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts. www.theoneill.org.

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