General Student Policies

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to observe professional discipline when enrolling at HB Studio. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Key Student (person taking attendance in class) and/or notify the instructor when students cannot attend a class or have a valid reason to be late. Students may be dropped without a refund if repeatedly late, unprepared, or absent. After two consecutive absences Key Students may contact those absent to determine interest in continuing. After three consecutive, unexcused absences may cause students to lose their place in the class. Students who arrive after the start of class without prior communication may be marked absent.

Faculty

HB Studio offers you a distinguished faculty of accomplished artists whose livelihood is gained primarily from performing. Their professional activities and experience enhance the value of their offering.

Every effort is made to keep faculty substitutions to a minimum. However, on occasion, when professional engagements come up, the Studio will arrange a substitute from our extended professional community. Each instructor will approach the course objectives according to his or her own methods and experience as a working theater artist.

Class Cancellation

HB Studio reserves the right to cancel individual classes or entire courses in its sole discretion. In the event that a class is canceled, the Studio will make a reasonable effort to schedule a make-up class at a mutually convenient time and no refund will be given to students who are unable to attend this make-up class. In the event that a make-up class cannot be scheduled or an entire course is cancelled, HB Studio will promptly refund students a pro rata share of the course tuition that has been paid by the student (for example, if one class in a ten-class course has been cancelled, HB Studio will refund 10% of the course tuition). We regret that we cannot provide refunds or reimbursement for any expenses other than course tuition.

Young People Classes

HB Studio’s acting classes for kids and teens are for young people ages 9-17. Adult courses are for ages 18 and up.

Level Placement

All Level 1 classes are open to all–
Students who would like to begin their course studies at level 2 or above must submit an online student submission form or audition in person.
Students who are not placed at levels 2, 3, or 4 (Studio Practice) may not enroll in upper-level classes without an audition or a student submission.

Spring Clean-Up

Our annual Spring Clean-Up is a cooperative effort by faculty, staff, and students that celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and community on which the Studio was founded. Take a break from your studies, join us in a yearly ritual of scrubbing, painting, spackling, repairing, renovating, and help us care for our artistic home. We provide food and fellowship. Your participation helps us keep our overhead, and thus your tuition fees, as low as possible. All key students and SAs are required to take part. Visit our online calendar for Spring Clean-Up dates.

Safety

Please report any unusual incident immediately to the office staff and they will inform the appropriate authorities accordingly.

Fire

In case of fire, an alarm will sound throughout the building. Leave the building immediately using the nearest exit. By law, all exit routes must be kept clear. Never block these areas with props, furniture, etc. Fire escapes are for emergency use only. Your teacher and Key Student will guide you.

Injury

Warm-up exercises at the beginning of movement classes are necessary to prevent injuries. Therefore, students may not participate in movement classes if they arrive more than 10 minutes after the start of class. Please notify the 3rd-floor office staff immediately in case of accident or injury in class or on our premises.

Damage to Props, Furniture or Facilities

Please move any damaged furniture or props to the side, and inform your Key Student or instructor. The Key Student will report the damage to the office staff.

Rentals

Studio space is available for students to rent for rehearsals in preparation for class. All rentals must be paid in full upon booking. It is against studio policy to be disrespectful to peers, staff, faculty, and studio property when renting studio space, students will be given a one time warning. Renting privileges will be revoked if inappropriate behavior is observed. All studios are routinely inspected for damage. There are NO refunds or credits for studio rentals. No exceptions.

Bicycles, Roller Skates, Roller Blades

No non-collapsible bicycles are allowed in any of the buildings. Roller blades or roller skates may not be worn in the buildings. None of these items are allowed in scene work. At the instructor’s discretion, students may bring collapsible bicycles that have been fully folded into the classroom with them during class time. Ask your instructor for permission before bringing your collapsible bicycle to class.

Smoking

In accordance with New York State Law, all HB facilities are smoke-free, therefore smoking is not permitted in scene work or rehearsals. There is no smoking 100 feet from main entrances, exits, and operable windows.

Alcohol

Outside of special Studio-sponsored events, alcohol consumption on HB Studio or HB Playwrights Foundation premises is strictly prohibited. The use of alcohol is never permitted in scene work. Anyone observed drinking or using illegal drugs on Studio or Playwrights Foundation premises is subject to expulsion.

Photographing & Videotaping Classes

Photographing or videotaping of classes or presentations is not permitted except by special arrangement and with approval of the Studio’s Executive & Artistic Director.

Weekly Notice

HB’s email Weekly Notice lists registration dates and deadlines, upcoming special events, performances and workshops, as well as other news items of interest to students and other members of the HB community. To join our list, subscribe online by clicking on the “Join Our Mailing List” button at the bottom of the website. Students wishing to share information about upcoming performances may do so through our student/alumni news. Submit your announcement using this form. The Weekly Notice is sent out Sunday evenings; performance notices must be submitted by the Thursday of the week you would like your announcement to run. The Studio reserves the right to edit content and format.

Equal Employment/Equal Opportunity Policy

The Herbert Berghof Studio, Inc. (‘HB’) strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment, or against any student or applicant for study because of the individual’s race, color, religion, age, genetic predisposition, carrier status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or status as a veteran or disabled person. This policy applies to all HB activities, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

General Policy Against Harassment

Harassment in the workplace or classroom based on any of the above-listed characteristics is prohibited. Impermissible harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of any of the above-listed characteristics and/or thereby effects or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment; unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or training; or adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities.

Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to: epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, threatening, intimidating, or hostile speech or acts, including acts purported to be “jokes” or “pranks”; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion to an individual or group because of his or her membership in one of the above-referenced groups. Even if behavior of this nature does not rise to the level of unlawful conduct, it is nonetheless impermissible under this policy.

Procedure for Violation

If you believe that you have been subjected to any conduct of the type described in these policies, you are urged and expected to report the relevant facts promptly to the Executive Director or a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors (Marie-Louise Stegall, Rochelle Korman, Duncan Hazard, Wallace Johnson, Theodore S. Berger, Alison Lonshein, Richard Mawe). You should report the conduct regardless of the offender’s position at the Studio, and you should report the conduct even if the offender is not employed at HB Studio (for example, a vendor, auditor or fellow student).

Your prompt reporting is very important if the Studio is to take action. All reports will be addressed promptly, with further investigation conducted where needed to confirm facts or resolve disputed facts. In conducting its investigations, the Studio will strive to keep the identity of individuals making reports as confidential as possible.

Appropriate disciplinary action (up to and including cancellation of contract or expulsion) will be taken against Studio personnel or constituents found to have violated these policies. Individuals who violate these policies may also be subject to legal and financial liability.

Retaliation Policy

It is against Studio policy to take retaliatory action against an individual for reporting inappropriate conduct pursuant to these policies. In the event you believe that you have been retaliated against for having made such a report, you should follow the above procedures.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment is a specific type of discriminatory harassment. It is unlawful and will not be tolerated. According to the EEOC’s guidelines, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, wage, evaluation, further training, or advancement.
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment.

HB Studio prohibits conduct that constitutes or could lead or contribute to sexual harassment. Examples of such conduct are:

  • Repeated unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions.
  • Inappropriate touching of, or verbal abuse about, an individual’s body.
  • Graphic verbal comments of a sexual nature about an individual’s body or appearance.
  • Sexually degrading words used to describe an individual.
  • The display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, including accessing, downloading or displaying such images from the Internet.

Even if behavior of this nature does not rise to the level of unlawful conduct, it is nonetheless impermissible under this policy.