HOW IT WORKS
Please note that these are the terms and conditions for enrolling at ESPA. By registering, you are agreeing to all terms and conditions listed on our website.
There is a non-refundable $50 deposit required for all classes that comes out of your tuition (it is not an additional fee). Deposits must be paid for each class at the initial point of registration with a credit or debit card.
Remaining tuition may be paid by cash, check, or credit/debit card. If a check is returned for insufficient funds, you will be charged a fee of $35 and must pay all remaining balances by cash or credit card only.
There are no credits or refunds for missed classes. If for any reason payment in full is not made by the end of the semester, students authorize ESPA Administration to charge the card on file for any remaining balances.
Currently available for Writing, Directing, select Acting classes, and all Workshops on the ESPA website. For At the Audition and In Performance Acting classes, please contact ESPA Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.840.9705 to register.
Through our online system, you can either pay in full or use code "DEPOSIT" to pay only your $50 non-refundable deposit and expedite your registration. You will be contacted within 72 hours to set up your Payment Plan for the remainder of your tuition balance. Learn more about Payment Plans.
WORK STUDY PROGRAM
Students are chosen for a Work Study position through an application distributed prior to the start of registration each semester. Only returning students to ESPA qualify for Work Study. These Work Study participants act as the point person for a class, performing the organizational tasks for their class that are deemed necessary by the instructor, such as photocopying, room set-up, relaying assignments, and the dissemination of important school announcements.
In exchange for this service, ESPA covers 50% of their work study class tuition. As with registration for any class, a non-refundable $50 deposit and signed contract are required, and payment plans are available. Should a Work Study participant drop out within the one (1) month prior to the class' start date, the Work Study participant is required to pay any remaining tuition balance. Refunds will not be granted. Please note that all requests for withdrawal must be made in writing to ESPA Administration.
The following is our cancellation policy:
- If a student withdraws from a class prior to ten (10) business days before the class' start date, the $50 deposit will act as a cancellation fee.
- If a student withdraws from a class within the six to ten (6-10) business days prior to the class' start date, the student is required to pay 50% of the tuition.
- If a student withdraws from a class on or after five (5) business days prior to the class' start date, the student is required to pay 100% of the tuition.
Please note that all requests for withdrawal must be made in writing to ESPA Administration. These cancellation fees cannot be used as tuition for future classes.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Primary Stages expects our students to treat the instructors, space, staff of Primary Stages, and fellow artists and classmates with the utmost respect.
In its sole discretion, Primary Stages reserves the right to terminate a student without refund from a class for reasons including, but not limited to, the following: the student's behavior violates the Code of Conduct and/or the student's behavior is considered hostile, inappropriate, or disruptive toward the class, other students, staff, or faculty.
- Participants are expected to be in class on time and be ready to work at the beginning of their listed class session. Participants are also expected to be in class for the entire class period. If participants are going to be late or need to miss class for any reason, they will alert their WSP or ESPA Administration as soon as possible.
- Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all class sessions, both for their own experience and for their classmates' experience, making them a good community member and supportive classmate.
- Participants are to be attentive and engaged even when their work is not being presented. This means that participants will not be on mobile devices or do non-class work within the classroom unless absolutely necessary. If reading from a laptop or mobile device in class, they are to stay off of email and social media.
- Participants are expected to follow any rules of the classroom or rules of discussion/feedback outlined by the instructor.
- ESPA provides a safe place to express creativity, take risks, and grow as an artist. To create this safe space, all feedback on and reactions to other students' work, if requested/permitted, will be respectful. If students do not know how to or do not feel comfortable with asking neutral, non-judgmental questions, they should ask their instructor for tips and techniques. This allows for all students to feel safe taking risks and sharing their work.
- All participants are expected to come into class prepared. If unable to complete the assignment, students should let their WSP or instructor know as soon as possible.
- For Actors:
- All classes require a minimum of 1-2 hours of rehearsal between class sessions.
- You are expected to be off-book for in-class presentations, particularly for Scene Study classes.
- You are expected to do the necessary text analysis, character study, and research for your pieces outside of the classroom so class time can be devoted to delving deeper into the work.
- For Playwrights:
- Be committed. You should follow through on whatever project you undertake and push through any stumbling blocks with their instructor and classmates.
- Know that people in your class might be at different stages of their writing. Respond appropriately.
- Offer constructive feedback about the play that the playwright is trying to write, not the play YOU would write. If you are unsure how best to do this, ask your instructor for advice.
- For Directors:
- You are responsible for finding your own actors and collaborators for class projects. ESPA has resources available to help you cast, including 1-2 School-Wide Auditions each semester that allow ESPA actors to audition for ESPA directors and playwrights. We strongly suggest all directors attend these auditions.
- You are to treat all actors with respect and generosity – this includes respecting their time, talents, and personal space.
- You are to create a safe space for actors during all rehearsals and performances – pieces are to be well-rehearsed and always with the safety of the actor in mind. If something is too dangerous to ensure complete control and safety, you are not to ask it of your actors.