Q: Where are classes held?
A: Master Acting Classes are held at the Shakespeare Theatre Company Education and Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 8th Street SE and 516 8th Street SE, two blocks from Eastern Market Metro (Orange, Blue and Silver Lines). Sometimes, special workshops or classes are held at the Forum in Sidney Harman Hall, located at 610 F Street NW, one block from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Red, Yellow and Green Lines). Please check individual registration pages for specific location information.
Q: Where is the closest Metro station?
A: Eastern Market Station on the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines is a block and a half away from both 507 and 516 Eighth Street SE. Gallery Place/Chinatown on the Red, Yellow, and Green Lines is a block away from Sidney Harman Hall.
Q: Is there a specific track of classes that I should follow?
A: Not necessarily. While some classes obviously lead to other classes, students are free to determine their own journeys. The Education Department is happy to assist you with your decisions on which class to take next based on your interest and skill set. Contact them at STCtraining@shakespearetheatre.org or at 202.547.5688.
Q: How do I decide which classes are appropriate for me in regards to level of training?
A: Each course listing includes a suggestion regarding prior experience. If prior experience is not required, the class is suitable for actors at any stage in their careers as well as theatre enthusiasts who have not performed before. If prior experience is required or recommended, the class is suitable for actors who are versed in the basics of acting and have taken the appropriate prerequisite courses to be successful in the class. The staff at the Education Department is happy to answer questions and help students find their place in our program; if you are unsure whether a class is a good fit for you, please contact the Education Department at STCtraining@shakespearetheatre.org or at 202.547.5688.
Q: What happens if I have to miss a class? Do you offer make-up classes?
A: There will be no refund for missed classes. Tuition is non-refundable. Because classes are highly interactive and may involve partnered scene work, students are strongly encouraged to attend every scheduled class. STC rarely cancels events due to inclement weather. If you are unable to attend a class for weather-related reasons, no refunds or exchanges will be provided. If STC cancels a class session for any reason, including inclement weather, we will email you. We will make every best effort to reschedule the class at a time convenient for the instructor and the majority of the students, but tuition is non-refundable. Please look at our refund and cancellation policy here.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Full tuition is due upon registration. If you are no longer able to attend the class as scheduled, please submit a written request to STCtraining@shakespearetheatre.org. 50% will be refunded if registration is withdrawn until one week prior to the first scheduled class session. Starting a week prior to the first scheduled class session, TUITION IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
Q: Do you offer private classes?
A: If you wish to pursue private training with one of our teaching artists, contact the Training Programs Manager who will forward your request to whichever teaching artists from our roster you are interested in working with. Our instructors set their own prices and contract private coaching independently of the Shakespeare Theater Company. Contact them at STCtraining@shakespearetheatre.org or at 202.547.5688. Additionally, the Shakespeare Theatre Company offers a one-day intensive format of Acting for Business Professionals for organizations interested in hosting a professional development workshop for their staff. Find more information about our professional development offerings here.
Q: How often do you offer courses?
A: We typically offer courses in five sessions throughout the year. Winter courses generally begin in late-January, Spring courses generally begin in late-March/early-April, Summer courses generally begin early-July, Fall classes generally begin in mid-September and again in early-November. Schedules are subject to change. Classes are announced approximately six weeks before each session begins. Visit our website for the most up-to-date information.
Q: Do you offer summer courses?
A: Yes. We announce our summer course offerings in May.
Q: Do you offer a certificate or degree?
A: No. The Master Acting Class program does not provide participants with a certificate or a degree.