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Acting Studio Chicago Policies
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Admission Requirements

Drop Policy

Enrollment Agreements

Payment Plan

Classroom Policies

Attendance Policies

Prep Work and Arrival Times

Dress Code

Eating and Drinking

Beepers, Cellphones & Texting

Parking

 

Admission Requirements
Placement auditions are required for all new students.  Advancement in our class is dependent upon consent of the instructor based on prior student performance.

 

Drop Policy Effective January 1, 2015

Adult Classes
Kids Bootcamp
Kids On-Camera

 

IF you need to drop your class prior to the start of the term, you must give the office a ONE WEEK NOTICE.

If you do so:

  1. Any tuition paid toward the class and the non-refundable $100 deposit will be kept on credit at the studio for up to one year, to be applied to a future class.
  2. Or
  1. The non-refundable deposit will be held on credit at the studio for up to one year, to be applied to a future class.  Any other tuition paid will be refunded to you (minus a $5 credit card processing fee).

 

IF you fail to notify the office ONE WEEK prior to the start of the first class, you will lose your deposit.  Any tuition paid beyond the $100 deposit will be refunded to you (minus a $5 processing fee).

 

If you drop the class ONCE THE CLASS HAS BEGUN, the full tuition is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and may not be kept on file for a future class.

 

Workshops

The entire fee is due upon registration unless otherwise noted (Bob & Adam).

IF you need to drop, you must give ONE WEEK NOTICE.

If you do so:  tuition will be held on file at the studio for up to one year, to be applied toward a future class or workshop.

IF you fail to notify the office ONE WEEK prior to the start of the workshop, you will lose your tuition.

 

Kids Summer Classes

 

½ Tuition due upon registration, remaining balance due TWO WEEKS prior to the start date.

IF you need to drop, you must give TWO WEEKS NOTICE.

If you do so:

  1. Any tuition paid toward the class and the non-refundable deposit (half the tuition) will be kept on credit at the studio for up to one year, to be applied to a future class.

 

Or

  1. The non-refundable deposit will be held on credit at the studio for up to one year, to be applied to a future class.  Any other tuition paid will be refunded to you (minus a $5 credit card processing fee).

 

IF you fail to notify the office TWO WEEKS prior to the start of the program, you will lose your deposit.  Any tuition paid beyond the $100 deposit will be refunded to you (minus a $5 processing fee).


If you drop ONCE THE PROGRAM HAS BEGUN, the full tuition is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and may not be kept on file for a future class.


 

 

Enrollment Agreement
Each adult student that takes class at Acting Studio Chicago must sign and follow an enrollment agreement (See sample).

 

Payment Plan
Acting Studio Chicago requires at least an $100 non-refundable deposit for all classes.

If there is need for a payment plan, students must agree to the following arrangement for payment. The balance can be broken down into 2 equal payments to be paid on the first day of class and the second day of class. There will be a $10 fee added to your tuition to cover the additional administrative and bookkeeping work. A valid credit card is required for the payment plan and may be automatically charged. An extra $25 penalty fee will be charged to the remaining balance a student is tardy in making payments. Students who break the terms of this agreement will not be allowed into class until the remaining balance is paid.

 

Classroom Policies
The work in most of our classes at Acting Studio Chicago is based on Michael Shurtleff’s book, Audition.  This book is required reading for all classes.  A thorough understanding of the 12 Guideposts will prove to be invaluable to you during your learning process.

 

Active participation in class discussions is strongly encouraged.  Learning how to watch other actors work and formulate articulate, constructive criticism will broaden and deepen your understanding of your own process.  Focus on making your feedback constructive and positive.  Avoid talking about symptoms or technical problems.  Because we consider your experience observing your classmates’ work to be such an integral part of your own learning process, we strongly discourage leaving class early.  If you must leave class early, please let the office or your instructor know as soon as you know so that we can make any necessary adjustments to the schedule for that evening.

 

Attendance Policies
You must call the office at 312-527-4566 if you are going to miss class for any reason or will be late for class AT ALL.

 

An absence is considered excused only if it is for an audition, rehearsal or shoot in the business.  You are entitled to make up the class in the following eight-week session, subject to space availability.  You are allowed up to 3 excused absences.  Please coordinate this with the office.  All absences NOT related to the business, however legitimate they are, are unexcused and cannot be made up.  We understand that emergencies happen, that you may get sick, etc… and we will do our best to keep you caught up with the rest of the class should you have to be absent. Unfortunately, due to space availability in classes, we cannot let these be made up in the next term. If you miss two consecutive classes or three classes all together you will not be able to continue with class on an active basis. You may sit in and observe the remaining classes in your session. Please remember that we cannot reimburse you for classes missed.  You have made a valuable investment in yourself with these classes; get as much out of it as you can!

 

Prep Work and Arrival Times
For Core Levels and Cold Reading Classes: Your scenes for Core Levels and Cold Reading classes are available 1 hour before class starts.  Please treat this prep time as you would for an audition and give yourself every opportunity to do your best work.  Instructors put a lot of time into choosing your scenes and making appropriate scene partner pairings; therefore, it is essential that we know if you are going to be absent or late.  Call Molly or Gail as soon as you know.  If we don’t see or hear from you 30 minutes prior to class start, we will have to reassign your scene.  This is not a punitive measure; it is to protect your scene partner.  In the even that we do reassign your scene, come to class anyway.  You will learn a lot from watching your classmates’ work.

For On Camera, Scene Study, Voiceover, Monologue, Other Classes: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class start.  Use this time to get yourself centered and ready for work.  Relax, go over your assignment, but be ready to begin at the scheduled class time.  Late comers may be asked to wait until the break to be admitted to class.  In the event that you are assigned specific scene work for Camera class or anything that may require extra prep time before class, you will be informed at the prior class and given a call time for the following week.

 

Dress Code
Wear clothes and shoes in which you feel comfortable being physical.  Please keep jewelry to a minimum.

 

Eating and Drinking
Eating and drinking in class is permitted, but please eat quietly and pick up after yourself.  Please keep your work space clean for your fellow actors.

Smoking is prohibited.

 

Cell phones and Texting
The use cellphones and texting are strictly prohibited during class. If you have a cell phone, please turn it off or put it on vibrate during class. Cellphone use and texting is NOT permitted during class time under any circumstances.

 

Parking
We have secured discounted parking with the garage at 401 N. State Street (where Hertz Rental is located) ONLY AFTER 5 pm.  You will take a ticket upon entering the garage and buy a $10 parking voucher (cash ONLY) from the office at Acting Studio Chicago.  Please note vouchers are sold BEFORE class starts.  Due to the volume of students and the responsibilities of office staff, tickets will not be sold past 6pm.  ONLY CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please bring exact change if possible.  Please also remember that parking can be difficult in the area.  Give yourself plenty of time to find parking.

 

All of us at Acting Studio Chicago want your time here to be positive, productive and exciting.  Please feel free to talk to us if you are having problems or just need to talk about your process.  This is a teaching institution, so the more open, honest communication we have, the better it will be for all of us.

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