PROGRAM GUIDELINES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS
COMMITMENT: The time commitment for this Program includes three-to-four hours of classroom time per class, plus a minimum of two hours of rehearsal time outside the classroom each week. This is an intense Program that requires deep emotional involvement, in addition to a hefty time commitment. As with anything, what you put into it will determine what you get out of it.
CLASSROOM: Cell phones are not permitted in the classroom. Do not turn them on vibrate. They are to be turned off. Period. Class will be dismissed for the day in the event of interruption by any electronic devices. Your classmates will thank you. Additionally, note taking with electronic devices such as cell phones or ipads is not permitted. Notes taken in class must be handwritten and may be transferred into electronic form outside of class.
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals and out-of-class work are instrumental in the development of each student. Any student who does not attend rehearsals or do the proper out of class work will not be allowed to work in class and priority will be given to those who do.
Waterfront Playhouse is available to rent at minimal rates for Level II – VI student rehearsals. Booking is subject to availability.
REQUIRED READING: All students are required to read a minimum of SIX plays of their choice per Acting Level. We have a fantastic, but by no means exhaustive reading list available on our website.
CONDUCT: As the Program requires unencumbered access and full engagement of one’s instrument, drug use (including marijuana) is strictly prohibited. These restrictions include the rehearsal periods between Levels. Violations of this rule are considered unprofessional behavior and are grounds for expulsion from the Program. In addition, the use of alcohol is seriously discouraged during the course of study. Absolutely no drugs or alcohol may be brought onto stage or into rehearsals. Of course, stage-worthy substitutes may be used for props.
Sexual activity between members of the same class is considered unprofessional behavior, and it is grounds for expulsion from the Program. Waterfront students in relationship must be enrolled in separate acting classes.
COMMUNITY: Upon enrollment, you are required to join our group forum: http://groups.google.com/group/waterfront-conservatory. This online group format allows you to communicate with all other actors in the Program to set up rehearsals, as well as to communicate about all topics related to the craft and business of acting, directing, writing, and producing. This includes projects you are working on, recommending events, and anything else involving or benefiting students in the Program. While the site is indeed a forum for communication between members, please understand that classes, events and services offered by members on the site are not endorsed by Rachael Adler, Waterfront Playhouse, or any members of the Waterfront Team. In addition, please check out our Facebook page “Waterfront and Friends”.
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY: As with all Waterfront courses, all classes are mandatory and tardiness is not tolerated. We are very strict about this rule. At the appointed time for class to begin, the door will be locked. If you have arrived late, you must wait outside the Playhouse until someone comes out to get you at a time that will not disrupt the work. Missing two classes is grounds for dismissal. If you are dismissed and would like to continue training through Waterfront Playhouse’s Conservatory Program, you must repeat the course from which you were dismissed. The ONLY excusable reasons for missing class are acting-related activities, such as callbacks or tech rehearsals, and MUST be cleared with your instructor well in advance. Make-up sessions require a separate fee from Conservatory tuition and scheduling is at the discretion and availability of the Instructor. This policy applies to all Conservatory classes and is a policy that is strictly enforced.
Attendance is vitally important to all classes – even when illness is a factor. Our work as actors is inherently challenging – emotionally, physically, and psychologically. During the course of study, students’ instruments may create illness or crises corresponding directly (and indirectly) to a challenging emotional and/or psychological issue arising as the result of the work. Do not let this result in an absence from class. In the event of illness, we ask that students come to class, lie down, rest, and receive the work through osmosis. In this way, the student’s progress within the class remains all-inclusive, encouraging integration of all elements of the actor’s process. We know it is not always easy, but it is always worth it; you deserve to have this level of disciplined and committed study in your life. Consistent attendance in class and at rehearsals, no matter what the external circumstances, (life-and-death emergencies excluded) is necessary for deep progress within the class, as it provides a place for the integration of all elements of the actor’s experience.
Instructors’ cell phones numbers and office lines are available upon request. Please DO NOT contact your instructor during the 90 minutes prior to a class for any reason. This is time reserved for preparation to teach. Do not call or text to let your instructor know that you are “running 5 minutes late”. It will be perfectly obvious that you are late if you are not present when the class begins on time.
SATISFACTORY PROGRESS: In order to advance in the Conservatory Program, students must complete each course in a satisfactory manner. Indications of unsatisfactory progress may include irregular attendance, lack of commitment, poor understanding of the training process, or behavior that leads to a destructive or unsafe environment. Waterfront Conservatory reserves the right to expel a student from Conservatory classes at any time based solely on the discretion of Waterfront Conservatory. An invitation to future workshops, classes, and the possibility to become involved with the Waterfront Theatre Company or any company related to Rachael Adler will depend directly on the student’s progress in class.
PAYMENTS & FEES: All fees paid are non-refundable. Enrollment at the Conservatory is not guaranteed until your deposit is received. All remaining balances are due by the dates outlined in your payment plan. In the event of withdrawal from the Conservatory before the end of a Conservatory Academic year, the full current year tuition’s balance is still due in full upon withdrawal or according to the original payment plan. Payments may be made through PayPal or by check or money order through the U.S. Mail or hand delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Late, Missed or Incomplete tuition payments are subject to a late fee of $5 per day, and may result in a student not being allowed into class until all payments are made current. Any class that a student is not allowed to attend for this reason will count as an absence from class for that student and may result in further disciplinary action. If the account is not made current the student will be barred from booking rehearsal space and potentially be removed from the program.
Late, Missed or Incomplete rehearsal space rental fees will result in a student being barred from booking any further rehearsal dates in the theatre until the account is paid in full. In addition; late, missed or incomplete rehearsal space rental fees that are outstanding upon the completion of an Academic Level will prevent a student from being advanced into the next Academic Level, if the Academic Level in question is Level VI the student’s diploma will be withheld until the account is cleared; this may also warrant the student being barred from the Level VI performances.
PRIVATE COACHING PAYMENTS AND FEES: Payment for private coaching sessions is due upon scheduling the session. Private Coaching fees are non-refundable. Sessions may be rescheduled if notice is given within 48 hours of original session.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY: Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory is not responsible for any injury, illness, or death persons may experience inside or outside of Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory while training in the Conservatory or working as a Playhouse ensemble actor or renting the theatre. Additionally, individuals are responsible for any damage they cause to the property and/or persons within the property; said individuals will be held responsible for all reasonable costs associated with any damage to persons or property at Waterfront Playhouse. All students, ensemble actors, and renters agree to hold harmless and free from liability Waterfront Playhouse and its teachers, directors, agents, employees, and volunteers from and against any and all claims for damages, demands, costs or expenses associated with injury, illness, or death.
Facilities are to be left in the condition in which they are found. Students will be held financially responsible for any damage they may cause to the facilities and for the subsequent repairs including cost of labor.
PHOTO RELEASE: You hereby grant Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory permission to use your likeness in a photograph in any and all of its publications, including website entries, without payment or any other consideration. You understand and agree that these materials will become the property of Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory and will not be returned. You hereby irrevocably authorize Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, and/or distribute this photo for purposes of publicizing Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory’s programs or for any other lawful purpose. Additionally, You waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written or electronic copy, wherein your likeness appears. You also waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photograph(s). You hereby hold harmless and release and forever discharge Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory from all claims, demands, and causes of action which you, your heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on your behalf or on behalf of your estate have or may have by reason of this authorization.
CANCELLATION OF CLASSES: Waterfront Playhouse reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes at anytime for any reason.