IN-PERSON CLASSES RESUMING IN FALL SEMESTER
We want to inform and assure our community that the studio is taking every precaution to secure the health of our students, teachers, and staff. We are also staying up-to-date on all local and national guidelines. We have decided to offer in-person classes in Fall Semester! Some classes will still be held online. Please see the procedures we will have in place for in-person training.
Covid Procedures for In-Person Participants:
Student safety is our priority, and we want to ensure a safe place for students to come and learn. As of July 30th, 2021, we will be returning to our required mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students. This will be implemented immediately for all classes, including all Fall semester classes, until further notice. We will keep you updated on any future policy changes.
In the case that you become ill or are tested positive for COVID, we would also like to remind you that every class has a coordinating Zoom option where you can attend virtually for the day. Please do not hesitate to use that option if you feel that you are sick or if you believe you have been exposed to COVID.
Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.
For any film shoots at the studio, BOTH vaccinated and unvaccinated students will be required to submit a negative Covid test 1-2 days before filming unmasked. We will still be enforcing social distancing. Film shoots will be closed, which means only actors performing and the teacher and filming assistant will be in the studio at a time, so that those acting can be unmasked. Students unable to adhere to these requirements will have to film their scenes masked.
Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the studio may need to make decisions about the safety of its students by moving an in-person class online. Students registering for classes acknowledge this possibility and agree to transfer the class if/when the studio makes that determination. Students may not receive a refund or a transfer of credits in such an event.
All In-person classes will function in a hybrid manner, which means that at any point a student can opt to join the classroom remotely. This will change and limit the way the student will participate in the classroom, but students will still get to learn and work in the class. Every in-person class will have a Zoom link assigned to it, so should a student need to miss meeting in-person, they can log in remotely and join the class. In the physical classroom, there will be a large screen where remote classmates will be viewable to the group. The teacher, using a laptop on a moving lecturn, will ensure remote participants can clearly hear and see their classmates during class.
A Little Background:
Back in Spring 2020, we decided to move all our classes online. Starting this Spring semester, and as long as the state and county guidelines permit, we plan to offer safe in-person classes. Every class lists whether it is online or in-person.
Our teachers are trained to teach using the platform, Zoom, which allows us to lead interactive, collaborative, and dynamic online classes. Students should not worry about the quality of their training during this time. We find that online training works best; we don't have to worry about masks or social distancing online! Also, all classes are currently discounted to reflect the change. We have also updated our attendance policy, which now has greater flexibility regarding excused absences due to illness.
Where are we now located?
We have moved down the hall from our old studio space to Suite G! Full address below. This new home offers us a big open space, so actors can socially distance and mask before we reach herd immunity.
Students and community are welcome to check back here where we can update the status of our classes. And we will also be updating that information on the individual courses.