General Student Policies

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to observe professional discipline. It is your responsibility to contact the Key Student and/or notify your instructor when you cannot attend a class or have a valid reason to be late. You may be dropped without a refund if repeatedly late, unprepared, or absent. After two consecutive absences your Key may contact you to determine your interest in continuing. After three consecutive, unexcused absences you may lose your place in the class. Students who arrive after the start of class without prior communication may be marked absent.


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 their own methods and experience as working theatre artists.

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 cancelled, 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.

Spring Clean-Up

Our annual Spring Clean-Up is a cooperative effort by faculty, staff, and students that celebrates 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, low. All key students, SAs and FAs are required to take part. Visit our online calendar for Spring Clean-Up dates.


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


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.


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.

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.


In accordance with New York State Law, all HB facilities are smoke-free, therefore smoking is not permitted in scene work or rehearsals. If you wish to smoke outside, please discard your smoking materials in the receptacles provided.


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.

Equal Employment Policy

The Herbert Berghof Studio, Inc. (‘HB’) strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment 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, Duncan Hazard, Ted Berger, Wallace Johnson). 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.