Classes & Attendance

New Student Introduction

Potential students are encouraged to attend a free introductory workshop. The introductory workshop gives an overview of The Institution Theater experience and allows new students to meet with a teacher from the program they are entering. The workshop dates are posted on our website or may be obtained by calling The Institution Theater office.

Class Times

In order to make the most of every moment of class time, students need to arrive on time and be prepared to start warm-up exercises immediately. It is best to arrive a few minute before class time, in order to select a seat, stow personal items, and have a moment to talk with classmates before class starts.

We aim to make your class days and times constant throughout each term. Plan to be with the same group at the same time and day for the duration of the program. Instructors iwll strive to give all students as much advance notice as possible should class times/location change or need to be cancelled. A change in class date/time may be necessary when class schedules conflict with major holidays or improv community events.

Making Up Classes

You can make up a maximum of two missed classes by going to another class as outlined below. A current class schedule is posted on the website. (Institution Theater Class Calendar) If you are uncertain about when you can make up a class, please call The Institution Theater office. Make up classes are for your benefit. They do not erase the original absences, as they do not take away from the fact that you were not present with you own ensemble.

During the 6th and 7th week of the term, students are preparing for upcoming performances and therefore students from other classes would not be able to participate. Each instructor has the right to inform any student who is making up a class whether they may participate or only observe the class.

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.


It is not guaranteed that students will advance to the next level of classes. Every effort will be made to work with students, but in the best interests of the student and the rest of the class, a student may be required to repeat a class before advancing. This is not a reflection on a student’s potential – some concepts may just take longer to learn.

Students Returning From Hiatus

Sometimes a student may wish or need to take time off from classes due to personal reasons. Should this occur, please contact The Institution Theater office immediately. Please note that when you return, the instructors reserve the right to place you in an appropriate level at their discretion.

Returning students must pay the tuition rate that is applicable at the time of rejoining The Institution Theater. Any student returning after more than one year of absence is required to rejoin the program at a level determined by The Institution Theater office.


On occasion, and subject to approval, individuals are permitted to audit a class. Approval from the instructor is required in advance. Friends and guests of students who wish to sit in on a class must obtain approval from the instructor in advance.

Substitute Instructors

A qualified 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 always possible.

Class Attire & Behavior

Wear comfortable clothing to class – something you can roll around on the floor in and not worry about. Be prepared to make yourself warmer or cooler no matter what the weather may be like outside. Please bring drinking water.

Students will be respectful of the instructors during classes. The instructors have many years of performing and teaching experience and use this experience when giving notes and instructions. When receiving notes from the instructor, questioning for clarification is okay; arguing and whining is not. Students will also be respectful and kind to all of their classmates. Suggestions and constructive comments are welcome; however criticism of a peer’s work is not acceptable. Leave the teaching to the instructor.


Immediate Dismissal

If at any point during class, the instructor feels that a student is engaging in behavior which is dangerous or highly disruptive to the classroom ensemble, the instructor may require that the student leave the classroom for the remainder of that day’s class. Students dismissed form class in this manner may not return to their regular class until they have spoke with someone from The Institution Theater office. Behavior which would result in immediate dismissal includes, but is not limited to, violence, inebriation, or other actions which are disruptive to the work of the class.


Students who display behavior which an instructor deems to be detrimental to the progress of their ensemble may be issued a warning. The instructor gives the warning verbally and then notifies The Institution Theater office. If a student receives more than one warning for similar issues, The Institution Theater office will be notified and appropriate action will be taken. Depending on the circumstances, students may be required to transfer classes, repeat a term, take a leave of absence or leave The Institution Theater permanently. Warnings may be given for excessive lateness, for missing more than two of the scheduled classes (even excused absences), inappropriate classroom behavior, non-payment of tuition and inability to keep up with class progress.

Payment Policies

Tuition Policy

Tuition in non-refundable if the class has sold out and there is a possibility that we had to turn potential students away. However, if we are able to find replacement students, we will refund tuition. The Institution Theater reserves the right to accept or deny any application.

Returned Checks

A $30 fee will be assessed for returned checks due to insufficient funds or closed accounts.