* Can I audit a class?
In lieu of auditing, we hold interviews with anyone and everyone interested in our classes. Our classes are meant to be a sanctuary for actors, thus we put a lot of respect into the space to give our students complete freedom to work, to fail, to discover, and to make mistakes. Our students and instructors alike all benefit from the privacy of not being "assessed" or observed by curious onlookers. Our interview process takes the place of that and is available to anyone considering studying with us.
* How do I sign up for class?
The first step is to meet with us for a brief interview as mentioned above, as an informal introduction for you and for us. We set aside a half hour of time to allow for any questions you can't find the answer to here on our website, and for you to present a brief, one to two-minute monologue that you'll choose and prepare in advance. After your interview, the most suitable classes will be suggested to you, and payment info will be emailed to you.
We currently hold all interviews over Zoom. All you need is your laptop and a free, authenticated Zoom account.
To request an interview, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include PDF attachments (not jpeg, Pages, docx, etc) of one current headshot and your current resume. Your materials will never be shared outside the studio.
Once an interview date and time is offered to you, it will be up to you to confirm. If no confirmation is received within a reasonable timeframe, that spot will be offered to someone else.
* What if I'm new to acting and I don't even have a resume?
First of all, congrats and welcome to this crazy journey with us, how exciting! Everyone starts where you are right now, we've all been there and most of us remember it well. We're right in it with you because the training and curiosity should never stop, regardless of how much or little experience one has. We have a place for just about everyone, whether you're 17 and have 10 years of experience under your belt, or you're 60 and taking your first class. If you don't have professional headshots yet, not to worry. A decent selfie that shows the real you is fine to send us, as we simply want to see who we'll be meeting with ahead of time. If you don't have a resume yet, no problem. Just let us know this when you email your selfie with your request for an interview.
* Why do you interview everyone first?
We invite everyone new to Railtown to interview with us, regardless of experience or resume. The half hour we set aside for your interview is meant to give you the opportunity to discuss your goals in training with one of our instructors. You'll prepare a brief monologue ahead of time and must be off book as you present it. Your monologue gives us a chance to see your work, maybe give adjustments, work with you a bit... and that in turn gives you a sample of what it's like to work with us. We call it an interview because it is *not* an audition, but more of an informal, collaborative process. In essence, you're "interviewing" us as much as we're "interviewing" you. The most important aspect of this is that it allows us to know which of our classes would be best for you to take, based partly on how your interview goes and partly on how our classes are already coming together.
* What kind of monologue should I prepare?
Part of your preparation is to choose your own monologue within these parameters:
* It should be brief, no more than one to two minutes at the very most.
* It should come from a published piece of work such as a play or a well-written film or tv show.
* Do not choose something you've written yourself.
* How many times do I have to interview? How much does it cost?
Just once, and there is no fee. We're happy to make the time for it.
* What happens after my interview?
Once a class has been suggested to you, you might want to sign up right away or you might need a day or two to look through your budget and schedule before making a decision. We'll email you the class info discussed in your interview and once you decide to sign up, a deposit will be required to secure your place in that class.
* How do I pay?
All class payments are made via eTransfer to our admin email address below, with the security question and answer specified by us. This info will be emailed to you after your interview.
* Do you have a COVID Policy in place?
Yes, we do have a policy and strict protocols in place, along with the advisement of a Health and Safety Officer. We send this info out to each class before first sessions begin.
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