TNB Theatre School Policies
At TNB Theatre School we pride ourselves on offering our students a safe, fun and supportive environment where they can learn and develop their theatre skills. In order to ensure the best possible experience for TNB Theatre School parents and families we encourage all parents and students to familiarize themselves with our policies.
TNB Theatre School Instructors
TNB Theatre School instructors are carefully vetted for qualifications as well as vulnerable sector background checks. Each instructor is provided with school policies, best practices and guidelines for maintaining a positive learning environment.
Confidentiality & Privacy
We value the confidentiality of your child and family. All information gathered through registration, discussions with instructors, etc. will remain confidential. Information and testimonials gathered for marketing purposes will only be used with written consent. Group photos of your child in rehearsal or performance to be used for marketing purposes only where written consent has been given on the registration form. Parents will be contacted for further permission should we wish to use an individual photo of your child.
Special Needs & Requirements
TNB Theatre School welcomes students with diverse needs to be part of our community. In order to work with your child in the most positive way possible, we ask that parents inform the Director of the Theatre School or the instructor of any special needs, physical or otherwise, which could impact their TNB Theatre School experience. All discussions will be kept confidential.
Registration for Fall Playtime & Junior programs takes place in late August. Auditions are required for Intermediate and Senior Programs. Auditions take place in September and can be booked starting in late August.
Registration for Winter Playtime & Junior programs occurs in December.
Registration for summer programming occurs in the spring. Auditions are required for Intermediate and Senior Programs.
Adult Ensemble registration and auditions begin once registration & auditions for youth programs conclude and occur throughout the year depending on the modules and class. The general TNB Fredericton auditions in June also offer an opportunity to audition for Adult Ensemble.
Full details can be found on the Registration & Auditions page.
Due to demand for program spots, wait lists typically exist for all program levels. Students will be advised if they have been placed on wait lists. Wait-listed students could be called for enrolment until the third class of the program.
Full tuition payment is due upon registration. Payment may be made in cash or by check or credit card. A deposit and payment plan may be available if discussed in advance with Catherine MacDonald, TNB Administrator, (506) 460-1381 ext 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For full-year Intermediate and Senior Programs, payment may be made in two installments at beginning of each term.
Students registering for programs that require an audition are required to arrange payment one week after they are notified of successful audition results.
The following policies exist to ensure that new students have an opportunity to fully experience TNB Theatre School classes and determine if it’s the right fit for them.
Single Semester Programs (fall to winter/winter to spring): We offer a two-week grace period at the beginning of each program. Any first-time students withdrawing during these two weeks will receive a 50% refund. After this grace period no refunds will be given.
For returning students a 50% cancellation fee will apply prior to the first day of the program, after which time no refunds will be given.
Full Year Programs (fall to spring) : In the case of full-year programs where payment are made in two installments at the beginning of each term, any student withdrawing from the program prior to the commencement of the second term will not be required to pay for the second term. If a student withdraws following the commencement of the second term no refunds will be given.
In rare circumstances (serious illness or injury, death in the family, etc.), full or partial credit may be issued at the discretion of the Theatre School Director. Refunds will not be given in the case of students expelled for behaviour or excluded because of repeated absence.
* One Week Summer Programs *: Students withdrawing from summer programs up to one week before the program start date will receive a 50% refund. After this grace period no refunds will be given.
A limited number of bursaries are available for eligible students based on need. Typically bursaries are awarded for 50% of program tuition but in cases of exceptional need full bursaries may be available. To apply for our bursary program, please call the Theatre School Director at 460-1381, ext:107. Our bursaries are generously supported by the Stephen Graham Bird Trust and Isaac’s Way restaurant.
Students are required to wear rehearsal clothing:
* black jazz shoes or indoor sneakers; outside footwear is not permitted in the studio
* sweat pants, shorts or tights
* Hair must be pulled back off face.
* No dangling jewelry or sharp rings;
* No jeans, dresses, skirts, flip-flops or bare / sock feet
* Students without rehearsal clothing will not participate in class activities.
Students’ work at TNB Theatre School often involves close personal contact with other students and good personal hygiene is encouraged. However we value the health of students and staff and ask all students and instructors to avoid using fragrances or scented personal care products. Whenever possible, TNB will purchase products that are free from added fragrance.
Please bring a binder and a pencil to all rehearsals. All scripts and handouts should be kept in the binder. Also, students enrolled in our summer programs may wish to bring sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
In an effort to reduce the numerous items which end up in our lost and found, please label the inside of your child’s clothing, backpacks, binders, lunch bags and initial their water bottles.
Meals and Snacks
To ensure the health and safety of all our students, please bring nut-free snacks and meals. The kitchenette cannot accommodate students and is for staff use only. Please send lunches that do not need to be heated. Students wishing to eat meals away from the rehearsal venue are asked to bring written permission from a parent/guardian. In addition, please bring bottled water. TNB supplies a water cooler in the rehearsal hall, but in an effort to be “green” does not keep cups on hand.
Where to find us:
TNB Theatre School is based at 55 Whiting Road, Unit 31 (a 6 minute drive from downtown). GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 45.916226, Longitude: – 66.619235
Drive on the Lincoln Road as if you are heading to the airport. Turn right on Wilsey Road after the Irving. Turn right on Hilton Road. Turn left on Whiting Road. We are located at 55 Whiting Road.
TNB Theatre School uses other venues for productions and occasionally for rehearsals and classes. Changes to venue will be communicated to parents and students. The three most common alternate venues are:
* Ted Daigle Auditorium, Edmund Casey Hall, St. Thomas University
* The Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall, St. Thomas University
* The Fredericton Playhouse, 549 Queen Street.
Students are required to attend all rehearsals. Absence from even one rehearsal can have a large impact on the class, rehearsals and the productions. Students absent from rehearsal may not be able to participate in the final presentation and may be dismissed from the Theatre School without warning and without a refund.
TNB Theatre School recognizes family, education and performance obligations occur outside of TNB Theatre School programming. Permission for absence may be accommodated at the discretion of the Theatre School Director in the case of:
* Special family obligations (i.e. funerals, weddings, reunions)
* Select dress rehearsals performances (i.e. large high school productions)
* Educational obligations / opportunities
* Drama Festival and Music Festival
It is not guaranteed that all requests for absence for reasons above can be accommodated. Parents and students are requested to advise the Theatre School Director of any foreseen schedule conflicts at beginning of term or as soon as they become apparent. Parents are also encouraged to communicate TNB Theatre School commitments to other activity leaders.
Exceptions will not be made for sporting events, birthday parties, other rehearsals, etc.
Drop-Off and Pick-up
We ask that you respect the following drop-off and pick-up times. Drop-off Window: No earlier than 20 minutes prior to the start of class. Pick-up: Immediately at conclusion of program day and no later than 10 minutes after conclusion of class. Our instructors will not leave the building until all students have departed however in respect to the company and our instructors’ other commitments, please pick up your child promptly.
Early drop-off and late pick-up may be arranged at an additional fee of $5 per ½ hour per day. (This will depend on instructor availability). This must be arranged at least 24 hours prior to class. Early drop-off and late pick-up not arranged in advance will be invoiced. Repeated disregard of the drop-off and pick-up windows without advance notice may effect the consideration of the student from future enrolment.
TNB Theatre School reserves the right to cancel the class with the intention of rebooking later. An instructor illness will rarely cause a cancellation as every effort is made to bring in a substitute to cover the class.
In the case of inclement weather, the Theatre School Director will make every effort to make the decision on cancellation the night before and no later than 3 hours in advance of class start time. Cancellation decisions will be communicated to schools and local radio stations and emailed directly to parents.
Class cancellations and changes will also be posted on the TNB Theatre School Notice Board. Parents are encouraged to bookmark this page.
Please note: A public school cancellation does not necessarily mean a Theatre School cancellation except in the case of the Wednesday afternoon Junior Musical Theatre program.
Class Changes and Additions
Most programs require additional rehearsals as we approach performance dates. We aim to communicate changes or additions of classes, changes in venue, etc. to parents directly one month in advance and no later than one week. This information will also be made available on the TNB Theatre School Notice Board.
Students are encouraged to:
* Support each other.
* Have a positive attitude.
* Be on time.
* Listen to instructors.
* Be ready to learn.
* Arrive prepared. Students are required to bring program materials and rehearsal clothing.
Respect for the Space
TNB Theatre School shares its facilities with the other branches of TNB programming. In order to respect the staff, artists and shared space, students are asked to:
* Maintain quiet and calm in the lobby on arrival and departure. The lobby is for staff and parent use. Except for using washroom facilities while on break students should remain in the studio. In the case of summer programs, lunch breaks should be taken at the picnic table weather permitting.
* Remove outdoor wear and foot wear upon arrival. Carry boots to mats, hang up coats and store lunches in cubbies.
* Close door behind you when entering or leaving the studio space.
* Props tables are for props only. Props are not toys and should be handled only with permission of the instructor. Any props, furniture or set pieces used in class should be returned to the designated areas at end of class.
* Washrooms are shared by student, staff and artists. Students should not leave any personal items in the washrooms.
Electronic Devices and Wi-Fi
In order to maintain a positive and focused learning environment cellphones, personal music players, digital cameras or other electronic devices must be put away and silenced during class time.
Theatre New Brunswick maintains a password-protected wireless network for staff use. For their protection students will not be given the password to access this network.
Expulsion or Suspension
TNB Theatre School prides itself on maintaining a safe, positive and respectful environment. TNB Theatre School reserves the right to expel or suspend any student whose behaviour is counter to these standards. Grounds for expulsion of suspension include but are not limited to verbal or physical abuse or willful damage of TNB property. In the case of a behaviour-related expulsion no refunds will be given.
Communications with Parents
TNB Theatre School maintains ongoing, regular communication regarding our programs. On first day of class, parents and students will receive a schedule of all dates for entire program. Schedules for additional rehearsals, sectional rehearsals for upper levels and production schedules will be provided closer to production with as much notice as possible. We aim for one month in advance with final schedule available no later than one week prior to rehearsal period in question.
In addition to direct communication, notices will also be posted on the Theatre School Notice Board.
Progress updates or program questions
Parents seeking progress updates on their child or wishing to express questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Theatre School Director at 460-1381, ext:107.
TNB Theatre School Parent Card
Parents are encouraged to enjoy TNB’s professional live theatre and share as much age-appropriate live performance with their children. On payment of tuition TNB Theatre School parents will receive a TNB Theatre School Parent Card entitling them to a 15% discount on two tickets to each of the TNB Main Stage productions in the current season. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the $10 McCain Student Ticket.
TNB Theatre School students in professional work
As a training program for young artists, TNB Theatre School students occasionally have the opportunity to audition for professional work. In these cases the Director of the Theatre School will recommend select students for auditions in consultation with the project producer and / or director. Students are invited to audition based on appropriateness for specific role and demands of the specific project. If a student is not selected for an audition it is not a reflection on the student’s ability or talent nor does it preclude them from consideration for future opportunities.