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Policies & Procedures

All new students should read this thoroughly and print out a copy for your reference. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the office. Every effort is made to keep this information up ­to­ date. However, policies and procedures are subject to change without notice, at the Training Center’s discretion.

ABOUT THE TRAINING CENTER

The Comedy Project Training Center Program(TCPTCP) is a school for people from all walks of life to study improvisation, acting, writing and more. Our students come from many backgrounds and experience levels. Whatever your reason for joining, we aim to create a safe and supportive environment where you can explore and grow.

The classes, taught by professionals working in their fields, are dedicated to helping students develop their artistic voice, both individually and within an ensemble, and to provide the tools and techniques needed to express that voice.

Classes & Attendance

Class Times
We aim to make your class days and times constant throughout each program. For Improv Levels 1-4, plan to be with the same group at the same time and day for the duration of the program. We strongly encourage all students to re-­enroll during early registration for the start of a new term to ensure they will be able to continue with their ensemble on the same day and time as the previous term.

Switching Class Times
If your schedule changes and it is impossible for you to attend your scheduled class time, let us know as soon as possible. We will make every effort to place you in a new class time which is more convenient for you. However, once you are placed in a class, we cannot guarantee switching you into a different class within the same term.

Attendance/Making Up Classes
Students are expected to attend all classes. Missing more than two of your scheduled class times can be grounds for repeating a term. Even though a student may make up their missed classes, the student is also required to be part of an ensemble. Missing their regularly scheduled class jeopardizes their involvement within the ensemble.

If you are enrolled in a program that has multiple sections, you can make up a maximum of two missed classes by going to another class time during the same week. Please call The Comedy Project to see what day and time options are available for you to make up a class. Make­up classes are for your benefit. They do not erase the original absences, as they do not change the fact that you were not present with your own ensemble.

Required Classes
TCPTCP reserves the right to require additional classes for individual students as needed to move forward in the program. Should an individual not complete any required class, TCPTCP reserves the right to hold the student back a term until the requirement is satisfied. If the student is asked to repeat a term, a 25% discount will be applied to the student’s repeated level.

Auditing/Guests
Visitors are not allowed to attend regular classes.
A drop-­in class or open jam may be an option but should be cleared in advance.

Substitute Instructors
A substitute teacher may sometimes be necessary due to the fact that our faculty is comprised of working artists. When possible, students will be notified by their instructor in advance. However, sometimes advance notice is not possible.

Payment Policies

Multi­Class Tuition Discount
Students who enroll in more than one class in the same term (For example an improv class and a writing class), will receive a 15 percent discount off each additional class. Some restrictions may apply.

Early Registration Discount
Most adult program classes will have an early registration period during which students can register at a lower tuition rate.

Returned Checks
A $30.00 fee will be assessed for returned checks due to insufficient funds or closed accounts.

Auditions

We will have auditions for our REVUE and A.I. casts at least once or twice a year and will announce them at the venue, here and social media.

Performances & Merch discounts

As a student, you are strongly encouraged to see as many shows as you can. TCPTCP students receive free or discounted tickets to the majority of shows and free entry to class performances with a student ID.

CURRENT TCPTCP STUDENT DISCOUNTS w/ID

  1. FREE ADMISSION – Comedy Outlet Mondays and any Thursday late shows
  2. HALF PRICE – Any show that is not sold out
  3. 25% off – Any merchandise

Miscellaneous

TCPTCP ID
At the beginning of each term every student is given a TCPTCP ID. It is your responsibility to make sure that you receive your ID on the first day of class and that you do not lose it. Your ID is the only way to identify yourself as a TCPTCP student at the box office or for other discounts at local businesses. Make sure to have it with you whenever you are in the building.

Clothing
Wear comfortable clothing to class. It should be something you can roll around in and that no one will be worried about parts of your body popping out that shouldn’t. The temperature varies in each of our classroom areas. Layered clothing is suggested.

Valuables
Never leave your belongings unattended. The Comedy Project is not responsible for any lost or stolen articles.

Tuition Policy
Tuition is non­refundable, non­transferable. TCPTCP reserves the right to accept or deny any application.

SUGGESTED READING LIST:

  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • An Incomplete Education, Jones and Wilson Audition, Michael Shurtleff
  • Truth In Comedy, Charna Halpern
  • Backwards and Forwards, David Ball
  • Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  • Comedy is a Serious Business, Harry Ruskin
  • Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, E.D. Hirsch
  • Group Improvisation,
  • Impro, Keith Johnstone
  • Improvisation for the Theater, Viola Spolin
  • Improvise, by Mick Napier
  • Improvising Better: A Guide for the Working Improviser ​by Jimmy Carrane
  • Instant Songwriting by Nancy Howland Walker
  • Introduction to Stanislavsky, Sonja Moore
  • Musical Improv Comedy by Michael Pollock On Directing, Harold Clurman
  • On Directing Film, David Mamet
  • Sanford Meisner on Acting, Sanford MeisnerScreenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, Syd Field
  • Something Wonderful Right Away, Jeffrey Sweet
  • Speaking Clearly, Modisett and Luter
  • The Actor at Work, Robert Benedetti The Comic Toolbox, John Vorhaus
  • The Compass, Janet Coleman
  • The Inner Game of Tennis, W. Timothy Gallway
  • Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual, by Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser