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.

With Covid-19 restrictions in place, we are working hard to make sure we maintain our standards of communication with our students and parents. Our current plan is to go ahead with our fall/winter programs while adjusting to follow current health and safety guidelines. As these are updated on a regular basis, we reserve the right to make updates as well.

This could mean anything from adjusting class sizes, mandating masks, or moving classes online. In any event of a change in our plans, parents and students will be contacted directly.

Please review these policies and email us if you have any questions.

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. Each instructor will self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and will undergo a temperature check and COVID-19 questionnaire before each class.

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.

Inclusion & Accessibility

The Theatre School is committed to fostering a safe space and diverse community. We ask that parents inform the Director/Instructor of any special needs you child might have so that we can ensure a safe and enjoyable theatre school experience. All discussions will be kept confidential. The Theatre School has single-occupancy gender-neutral bathrooms

Registration

Registration for fall 2020 programs (Playtime Theatre & Junior Acting, Junior Musical Theatre and Filmmaking), takes place in late August.

Auditions are required for: Intermediate Musical Theatre, Intermediate Acting, Senior Acting & Senior Musical Theatre.

Auditions are booked on a first come, first served basis. A limited number of audition spots are available. After these spots are full, students will be placed on a waiting list.

Auditions are booked in 5 minute time slots. Students are asked to arrive early to complete the registration form.

Audition days are based on class.

2020 Audition Dates:
Monday, September 14, 5:30-8:30pm – Senior Musical Theatre
Tuesday, September 15, 5:30-8:30pm – Intermediate Musical Theatre
Wednesday, September 16, 5:30-8:30pm – Intermediate Acting & Senior Acting

Audition Requirements: Students are asked to prepare one monologue (1 min max).

Please arrive early to complete the registration form.

Auditions will be held at the TNB Theatre School, 55 Whiting Road.

Email: theatreschool@tnb.nb.ca to book an audition.

Please arrive early to complete a registration form before your audition.

Registration for winter Playtime and Junior programming occurs in December 2020.

How to Register:

Download & complete the PDF fillable registration form.

CLICK HERE to download the registration form for Playtime, Junior Acting & Junior Musical Theatre.

CLICK HERE to download the registration form for Musical Theatre Dance, Young Playwrights, Intermediate/Senior Filmmaking and Musical Theatre Dance for Adults.

Instructions:
1. Download Form
2. Complete the form (including credit card information)
3. Save Form As= Registration Form_Student Name
4. Email the form to theatreschool@tnb.nb.ca

Please note due to varying browser requirements, if you wish to submit the registration forms via email, we recommend downloading and saving the form to your computer first before entering any information.

If you do not have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed, you can download it for free HERE.

Registration is based on a first-come-first-served basis.

Auditions will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

Full details can be found on the Registration & Auditions page.

Auditions

Auditions give students the opportunity to grow in confidence and learn how to select and prepare audition material, audition etiquette, and how to conduct themselves in a professional audition setting. Auditions also give new students the opportunity to see the school, meet and work with instructors, and get a general feel for the culture and curriculum of the theatre school before committing to joining.

Through working with each student during their audition time, instructors are able to assess the skills, interests, and learning styles of the incoming students. This allows them to begin selecting material and preparing personalized curricular goals on both a class and individual student basis

Class Sizes and Wait Lists

To ensure the highest quality teaching, each class has a strictly enforced class size. We believe these sizes ensure optimal focus and productivity, equal learning and performance opportunities, as well as allow for students to receive personalized programming and guidance from their instructors.

Due to current Public Health guidelines, class sizes will be determined by program and range from ten to fifteen (max) students to ensure we can safely follow social distancing guidelines in the rehearsal hall.

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 enrollment until the third class of the program. A second class may be added if the waitlist for a class becomes long enough to allow us to run a second class.

Tuition Payment

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is included in the tuition price, and required to hold a spot in the class.
Tuition is due by the first class. TNB accepts VISA, Mastercard and American Express only.
We do not accept Visa Debit or Mastercard Debit.

HST is applicable for all students aged 15 and up and is not included in the fees.

Full-year Intermediate and Senior Programs, payment is accepted in two installments at the beginning of each term September 21, 2020 & February 1, 2021.

Students registering for programs that require an audition are required to complete the registration form and payment information at the audition.

Refund Policy

Single Semester Programs (fall to winter/winter to spring): TNB offers a two-week grace period at the beginning of each program. Students withdrawing during these two weeks will receive a full refund less the $50 non-refundable deposit. After this grace period no refunds will be given.

Full Year Programs (fall to spring): In the case of full-year programs where payments 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. Notice must be given two weeks in advance before the start of the second semester. 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.

Refund Policy *Should the Government of New Brunswick require us to close our facility due to COVID-19, classes will switch immediately to online learning. Refunds will not be issued due to government closure.

Bursaries

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 email theatreschool@tnb.nb.ca to request an application form. Our bursaries are generously supported by the Stephen Graham Bird Trust, the Fredericton Community Foundation, and the Jackson Wright Youth Fund.

Discounts

TNB Theatre School offers a 25% discount for 3rd siblings.

Students enrolled in 2 or more classes in the same term receive a 15% discount on the second class.

Dress Code

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
* T-shirt.
* 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.

Scent Policy

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.

Program Materials

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.

Labeling Belongings

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

Directions:

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.

Other venues:

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:

* The Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall, St. Thomas University
* The Fredericton Playhouse, 549 Queen Street.
* The Ville in The Gathering Place 241, 241 Canada St, Fredericton, NB

Attendance Policy

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 the 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.
If a student or a student’s household is showing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, they should not come to class and will not be penalized for their absence:

○ Fever (chills, sweats)
○ Cough or worsening of a previous cough
○ Sore throat ○ Headache
○ Shortness of breath ○ Muscle aches
○ Sneezing
○ Nasal congestion or runny nose
○ Hoarse voice
○ Diarrhea
○ Unusual fatigue
○ Loss of sense of smell or taste
○ Red, purple, or blueish lesions on the feet, toes, or fingers without clear cause
○ Nausea or vomiting

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 $10 per ½ hour per day. (This will depend on instructor availability). This must be arranged at least a week in advance. Repeated disregard of the drop-off and pick-up windows without advance notice may affect the consideration of the student from future enrolment.

Class Cancellations

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 via email, through social media (facebook & twitter) and on the TNB website: www.tnb.nb.ca.

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.

In the case of a second outbreak of COVID-19 across the province that forces us to close, we will not be cancelling and refunding classes. We are prepared to move all classes online. We will adapt our theatre school rehearsal hall into a live-stream studio for instructors’ use. Class time will be made up of a combination of live instruction, pre-recorded lessons, and additional student-led follow-up activities.

Class Changes and Additions

Most programs require additional rehearsals as we approach performance/recording 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:

*Have fun!
*Support each other.
*Have a positive attitude.
*Be on time.
*Be prepared! Students should arrive with the proper materials and in rehearsal clothing by the class start time.
*Listen to instructors.
*Be ready to learn.

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 on arrival and departure. 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. Place boots on mats, hang up coats and store lunches in cubbies.

* Close the 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 students, 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 cell phones, personal music players, 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 only. 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 the first day of class, parents and students will receive a schedule of all dates for the 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.

Parents seeking progress updates on their child or wishing to express questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Theatre School Director at tsinstructor@tnb.nb.ca

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 tsinstructor@tnb.nb.ca

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 $15 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.