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Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

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The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center serves as the launchpad of the American Theater and is the nation’s preeminent organization dedicated to discovering, supporting, and developing new works and new voices for the American stage. This process takes many forms year-round, from its flagship summer conferences to semester-based training programs. For over 50 years, writers, directors, puppeteers, singers, students, and audiences alike have convened at the O’Neill’s oceanside campus in Waterford, CT to take their first steps in exploring, revising, and understanding their work and the potential of the theater they help create.

About Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Founded in 1964 by George C. White with guidance from contemporary American playwrights, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center pioneered a model for the development of new works that now serves as the industry standard. By putting up-and-coming theater artists and their work at the heart of its mission, the O’Neill famously established staged readings as a crucial component of the artistic process, strengthening a work before full production, and giving birth to the National Playwrights Conference. Since then, the O’Neill has grown to include a series of core programs that enliven our oceanside campus each summer: the National Music Theater Conference, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Critics Institute.  In 1970, the O’Neill expanded its commitment to artist development even further with the founding of the National Theater Institute, which has been training actors, writers, and directors ever since. Each program is thoughtfully curated by a dedicated Artistic Director, each of whom is a respected leader in their field and in partnership with Executive Director Preston Whiteway, strives to provide its participants with the tools necessary to make their work - and often their careers - take off.
Waterford, CT 06385
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Transportation & Parking

Parking is available on site.