Class Policies and Procedures

Age Minimum

Freehold has a minimum age requirement of eighteen years. 

Deposits and Payment Due Date

We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.  All credit card payments will be processed through our website.

A minimum, non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to hold the student’s place in each class costing less than $500. A $150 non-refundable deposit is required for classes $500 and over.

Please note once we receive your non-refundable class deposit ($75-$150), you have registered and will be guaranteed a place in the class up until 7 days before the first day of the class.  Payment in full is due at this time. If you have not paid in full or arranged a payment plan you may forfeit your place in class to the first student on our waiting list in addition to forfeiting your deposit.

Refunds, Transfers, Credits, and Withdrawals 

There are no refunds, credits, or withdrawals as of 7 days before the first day of the class for which you are registered.

Written intent to drop must be submitted to info@freeholdtheatre.org before this date or the student will be held responsible for any unpaid balances.  Notices of intent to drop received prior this due date will result in a refund only of tuition paid beyond the $75 or $150 deposit unless drop is due to documented illness or military service (see below).

Class Prices

Freehold is committed to radical accessibility to the arts. In order to bring us closer to this goal we have created a discounted tuition price which is 30% lower than our full tuition price. This discounted price is made possible by the generosity of our donors and supporters.

Our discounted tuition price is available to students who demonstrate financial need. When you register, you will have the option of applying. All required information is self-reported and no documentation is required initially, however we may ask you to verify your income at any time. Once financial assistance is granted your ability to select the discounted course fee will last for one quarter. You may reapply at any time.

Returned Checks

A handling fee of $25 will be charged for processing returned checks. If your check is returned more than once or if more than one of your checks is returned, you must pay all fees in full by cash or credit card before you will be allowed to attend class or register again.

Withdrawal for Illness or Military Service

After full payment date (7 days prior to the first day of class), refunds or credits will be granted only in the case of (1) serious illness or (2) military service. To request a refund or credit, you must submit a letter WITH DOCUMENTATION (medical certificate in the case of illness or induction papers in the case of military service) by email to the Registrar. State the nature of the problem or your reason for withdrawaland the date of the last class attended. Documentation must be received within three weeks of your withdrawal; otherwise consideration for withdrawal will be retroactive only to the date that Freehold receives your request letter.

Scholarships

We have a small number of scholarships available to students who have completed Step I: Intro to Acting at Freehold and are wishing to continue in Step II: Acting with Text, Step III: Basic Scene Study, or Rehearsal and Performance. Scholarships are based on both need and commitment to continued study and are awarded on a quarterly basis. Applicants must be nominated by a Faculty member for consideration. 

Scholastic Drop

Freehold and its faculty reserve the right to drop a student if they feel that a class (or classes) do not fit a particular student's training needs.

Attendance & Behavior

Unless previous arrangements have been made with the instructor, all students should arrive promptly and stay for the entire length of the class. Repeated absence or lateness disrupts other students' work. Students who are repeatedly absent and/or late may be asked at the discretion of the instructor to withdraw from class.

Any student displaying threatening, intimidating, violent behavior, or who brings a weapon onto or around the premises may be dismissed and asked to withdraw from the class without a refund. Freehold does not tolerate sexual harassment in any form. Persons of either sex may be victims or perpetrators of harassment. Sexual harassment may occur between persons of the same sex. A report of sexual harassment may result in the student being asked to withdraw from the class without a refund. Freehold reserves the right to refuse to register anyone who engages in disruptive or otherwise unacceptable behavior, including the use of alcohol or illegal drugs on or around the premises.

Faculty

Freehold engages an exclusive faculty of independent artists whose livelihood is gained primarily from performing and who give back to the theatre community through their teaching. Their generosity makes it possible for Freehold to offer classes at nominal rates - just enough to cover basic costs and compensate these professionals for their time. In exchange, we accord our teachers flexibility to pursue performance opportunities as they arise. This means that on occasion we will need to reschedule a class due to professional conflicts.  While every effort is made to keep substitutions to a minimum, on occasion you may be taught, for as long as necessary, by a qualified substitute drawn from the Freehold faculty.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

Freehold does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, marital status, or physical or mental disability in its hiring, promotion, or student enrollment.

Liability

Renters/students freely and knowingly assume all risk incidental to participating in rehearsal/class at any of Freehold's studios. Renters/students understand and accept that Freehold, its staff and faculty, are not responsible for injury to persons or property related to participation in rehearsals in Freehold's studios. As a renter or student, you here by agree to indemnify, release, and hold harmless Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab, its officers, directors, employees, or agents from any liability arising out of or related to any activity, accident, or incident in rehearsal and/or on the premises.

Right to Privacy

We do not sell or give out any of your personal information.