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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia
  • Program Terms: Fall
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  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Theater Language of Instruction: English, Russian
Course Number: 160 Program Host: Moscow Art Theatre School
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Prerequisites: none
Department: OFFC Advisor or Instructor: Dona Freeman
Housing: Dorms
Program Description:
In this highly competitive 13-week study abroad program offered only in the Fall semester, daily acting classes in the Stanislavsky System, the Michael Chekhov Technique, and movement classes (including Biomechanics and Ballet) are complemented with voice, design, Russian language, and Russian theater history. Students study in the vibrant city of Moscow, visit cultural sites, see theater, and train with master teachers of the Moscow Art Theatre School. Classes are held six days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

The Moscow Art Theatre was established in 1898 by Konstantin Stanislavsky and V.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko who, in their mission to discover the truth in drama, discovered that its essence is the ensemble. Through their close association with Anton Chekhov and his plays and through Stanislavsky’s influential teachings, The Moscow Art Theatre became the birthplace of modern theater and modern actor training.

NTI has been collaborating with the Moscow Art Theatre for more than 20 years. It is the only American program where students from all over the country can train for an entire semester at the Moscow Art Theatre School and work with members of one of the most accomplished theaters in the world.
Connecticut College is the school of record for all five programs of the Eugene O′Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute including the Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS) offered in Moscow, Russia. The Connecticut College-approved course descriptions are below. One semester of academic credit (20 credit hours or 5 course credits) is awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the program. At the end of the MATS semester, final grades are reported to Connecticut College where they are recorded by official transcript and forwarded to the student’s college or university registrar upon request.


ACTING (MXT-253) Daily classes in all phases of acting technique with special emphasis on Stanislavsky and theMXT-310) Daily classes in vocal technique, production, and singing. Movement classes include Biomechanics, mime, classical folk dance, scenic movement, and ballet. Classes focus on developing the actor’s imagination in connection with the training and development of the physical and vocal instrument.

RUSSIAN THEATER HISTORY AND CINEMA (MXT-251) Designed to familiarize students with the rich history of the Russian cinema and theater, especially the Moscow Art Theatre and the Stanislavsky System, the course includes regular lectures as well as theater, museum, and cultural visits.

DESIGN (MXT-254) An introduction to the world of Russian set and costume design and to the profession itself as prominent designers discuss design theory and history.

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE (MXT-252) Intensive language immersion appropriate for beginning and intermediate level students of the Russian language. Advanced level students have special classes to improve their language skills.
This immersion in conservatory-based training is enhanced by the rich cultural life of Moscow. Every student will frequently attend the theater, opera, ballet, concerts, and museum exhibits – as many as 40-50 shows in one semester. Tickets are provided as an integral part of the cultural program. During their stay in Russia, students may also travel for several days to St. Petersburg for a guided tour of Russia’s old capital city. Russian language experience is encouraged but not required, since many classes are in English and others have excellent translators.

**Russian language experience is encouraged but not required, since many classes are in English and others have excellent translators.


MATS students live in the centrally located and newly renovated Moscow Art Theatre School dormitory with a dining room, WiFi Internet access, and excellent security.

There are no preapproved GE courses for MAT at this time.  Please contact the program advisor
with questions.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 09/12/2018 12/12/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.