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Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center

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The O'Neill is home to the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, National Theater Institute, and National Critics Institute. For nearly 50 years, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has been a pioneer in the development of new work and new artists for American theater. The National Playwrights Conference, and subsequently the National Music Theater Conference, were founded upon the concept that critically important work exists between (1) when a work is written and (2) when it advances into production. That step became known as “the O’Neill process”.

About Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center

The Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theater company founded in 1964 by George C. White. The O'Neill is the recipient of two Tony Awards: the 1979 Special Award and the 2010 Regional Theatre Award. The O'Neill is a multi-disciplinary institution that has had a transformative effect on American theater. The O'Neill pioneered play development and stage readings as a tool for new plays and musicals, and is also home to the National Theater Institute (est. 1970), an intensive study-away semester for undergraduates. Its major theater "conferences" include: the National Playwrights Conference (est. 1965); the National Critics Conference (est. 1968), the National Musical Theater Conference (est. 1978), the Puppetry Conference (est. 1990), and the Cabaret & Performance Conference (est. 2005). The Monte Cristo Cottage, Eugene O'Neill's childhood home in New London, Connecticut, was purchased and restored by the O'Neill in the 1970s and is maintained as a museum. The theater's campus, overlooking Long Island Sound in Waterford Beach Park, has four major performance spaces: two indoor and two outdoor. The O'Neill is led by Executive Director Preston Whiteway.
305 Great Neck Road
Waterford, CT 06385
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