IN-PERSON CLASSES RESUMING IN SUMMER 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. Due to the loosening of state and local business restrictions as well as the decrease in the spread of the virus, we have decided to offer in-person classes in Summer 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:
Effective as of June 15th, for July classes (and a choice few others), students who can show proof of full vaccination (vaccination card dated at least two weeks prior for the 2nd shot) will be allowed to participate unmasked. Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to remain masked to ensure health safety. We are keeping our social distancing policy and classroom size caps.
For any film shoots at the studio, 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.
How it will work:
On the first day of class, students are asked to show their complete vaccination card to the instructor. As long as the 2nd shot was at least 2 weeks prior, the student will then be able to participate in the class without masks.
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.