Q: Will you be open in the fall of 2021 for in-person classes? A: Yes! We're delighted to announce that the school will be open for JR Actors starting on Saturday, September 11th.
Q. Do you provide housing? A. At this time, no, but we will do what we can to help you find a place to stay by sending you a list of housing information.
Q. Do you offer scholarships or financial aid? A. Not at this time. We don't offer scholarships or financial aid for any of summer programs, including in the adult conservatory 6-week trainings sessions. Federal Financial Aid is offered through FASA for adult conservatory students in the 1st and 2nd year. Scholarships are available to full-time students in the 2nd year program. However, we do offer payment plans and sibling discounts.
Q. Is there a lunch break? A. Yes, there is. For summer and Saturday classes, students get a 30 -45 minute lunch break. Lunch should be brought from home or may be purchased in our nearby restaurants. Older students, with permission, are allowed to go out for lunch. We have a student lounge where students may keep their food. Fridge, microwave and toaster oven are available.
Q. Is there a library to check out plays? A. Yes. We are very lucky to have a beautiful library filled with plays, scripts, and theatre history books. Students may check out a book for a week at a time.
Q. Are parents or friends allowed to sit in on class.? A. Family and friends are allowed only on designated visiting days and during open house. Family & friends are allowed for any final demonstrations, for which there will be ample notice.
Q. How long does my monologue have to be for the required audition for the summer and pre-professional programs? A. A one minute contemporary monologue, either comedic or dramatic that shows you off to the best of your ability and temperament.
Q. For international students, may I attend the classes on a Tourist Visa? A. No. You must have an F-1 Visa to attend the summer classes. Our International Students Affairs Officer will help you get all the materials you need. If you are here on an exchange program, for the fall or spring, you may take our Saturdays classes.
Q. Do you offer a certificate? A. Yes. In the summer program students will receive a certificate of completion with the total number of hours in dramatic arts listed. These classes are not transferable for college credit. However, some High Schools may consider this program a theatre arts elective. Please check with your advisor. If you require a certificate for the Saturday program, we will write one up for you.
Q. Do you offer classes during the week during the school year? A. We don't offer classes during the week. The building is in use during the school year by the adult conservatory 2 year training program. All rooms are in use and we cannot comfortably combine grownups and children in the same space.
Q. Is the training we learn in acting applicable to Film and TV? A. Absolutely. The Meisner work we do helps actors obtain truthfulness in their acting by working off behavior and listening and answering. Acting is doing!