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National Theatre Institute-Moscow
Moscow, Russia
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/24/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: On-Campus Dormitory
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Russian, Theater Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:


About the National Theatre Institute-Moscow:

Program Overview:

George Fox University's Theatre students may apply to study at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia for one semester through a cooperative agreement with the National Theatre Institute. In this highly competitive, 13-week study abroad program, you live and study in the vibrant city of Moscow, visit cultural sites, see theater and train with master teachers of the Moscow Art Theater School. Classes are held six days a week, from 9am to 5:30 pm. 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. This is the ONLY program through which undergraduates from all over America can study at MATS for an entire semester.


Academics:

Courses
  • Acting - Daily classes in all phases of acting technique with special emphasis on the style that characterized Russian theater: Stanislavsky and the Expressionist Directors. Extensive scene work concentrating on Russian dramatists such as Chekhov, Gogol, Gorky, and Ostrovsky, as well as contemporary playwrights.
  • Movement & Voice - 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 & Cinema - This course is designed to familiarize students with the rich history of the Russian cinema and theater, especially the Moscow Art Theater and the Stanislavsky System. In addition to regular lectures, an integral part of the course includes theater, museum and cultural visits.
  • Design - An introduction to the world of Russian set and costume design and to the production itself. Prominent designers talk about design theory and history, plus students visit the costume department of The State Armory, Russia’s oldest museum.
  • Russian Language - Intensive language immersion appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels. Advanced level students will have special classes to improve their language skills. 
This program utilizes the same grading scale and credit system as the USA.

Student Life:

Application
The student will fill out two applications:

George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Global Studies; or downloaded here).
Admission to MATS is competitive; applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadlines – please note that it is only offered in the fall. Click here for application.
*The MATS application should only be completed after being informed from the George Fox Center for Global Studies that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.
Application Deadlines
The student must obtain and fill out two applications: a George Fox off-campus application form (available at the Center for Global Studies) and the MATS application (available online). Upon receiving GFU approval, the student may complete the application to MATS. The GFU application is always due the first Friday of Spring Semester. The deadline for MATS is March 20th for Fall semester 2012.

Eligibility
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply.

Credits
20 credit hours or 5 course credits. Connecticut College is the college of record for NTI.
One semester of academic credit is awarded to undergraduates who successfully complete the program. All classes are taught on the premises of the Moscow Art Theatre. At the end of the MATS semester, grades are reported to Connecticut College where they are put on an official transcript and forwarded to the student's college or university registrar upon request.

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

Costs
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition and room and board rates and continues to receive the university's financial aid. Because the cost of MATS exceeds that of George Fox, students are subject to an additional cost. Students are responsible to obtain and pay for round-trip air travel to/from Moscow.

Life in Moscow:

Culture & Travel
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 to 50 shows in one semester! Tickets are provided as an integral part of the cultural program.

During their stay in Russia, students will 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.