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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – GENERAL

Can I set up an appointment to come and talk to someone about the school?

Can I tour the school?

Can I audit a class?

Can I apply to the school if I am a foreign student?

Does the school provide housing?

Are my college acting credits transferable towards Circle in the Square Theatre School?

Will the courses I complete at Circle in the Square Theatre School be transferable to a university?

Will I receive a degree upon completion?

I earned my G.E.D. instead of a high school diploma; can I apply to your school?

I am still 17, can I audition for the summer program?

How old is the average Circle student?

If I am accepted, what time will I be done with classes each day?

Do you have any acting programs for children?

What kind of materials will I need if I am a student?

Does the school do an industry invited showcase for graduating students?

What kind of support will the school give me after I have graduated?

Can I still audition for shows while I am enrolled in school?

If I am accepted and cannot attend, can I defer my enrollment?

How many students are asked back at the end of the first year?

How are students evaluated to determine continuance in the program?

If I am not invited to return for the second year, can I appeal the decision?

What are the reasons a students might not be invited to return for the second year?

How can I arrange an internship with the school?

What are the crime statistics for the school?

Can I set up an appointment to come and talk to someone about the school? Yes. Call the school office at (212) 307-0388 between the hours of 10am-6pm to set up an appointment.

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Can I tour the school? During the school year when classes are in session it is not possible to see the classrooms. However, auditions are held in a classroom so if you audition in New York, you would have the opportunity to see them then. In general, most of the classrooms are either a simple square room with folding or theatre style chairs used for classes where there is no scene work, or larger room that contains a variety of furniture pieces and props that can be used in scene work. Most of the rooms also contain a piano.

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Can I audit a class? No. Due to the privacy of our students work, we do not allow audits.

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Can I apply to the school if I am a foreign student? Yes.

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Does the school provide housing? No. It is up to the individual student to secure housing. However, once you have been accepted and have paid your tuition deposit, we can provide you with the proper passcodes to view the housing information on our website where we post any housing notices we get from our current students, alumni, and friends of Circle. Due to the competitive nature of New York City housing, we are only able to provide these passcodes to those that have secured their spot by paying a tuition deposit. If you have the passcodes and would like to view the housing information, please click here.

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Are my college acting credits transferable towards Circle in the Square Theatre School? No. It is important that students participate in all classes to fully experience the program. Therefore, college credits are not transferrable.

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Will the courses I complete at Circle in the Square Theatre School be transferable to a university? Most likely. The courses you complete at Circle in the Square are the same level as university courses. Which courses transfer is up to the college you are applying to. Upon request, we can provide a transcript of the courses you took, as well as the classroom hours per week you were in the classes. The university or school you are dealing with will then make a decision as to which courses you will receive credit for.

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Will I receive a Bachelor's or Master's degree upon completion? No. You will receive a certificate of completion. Circle in the Square is a member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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I earned my G.E.D. instead of a high school diploma; can I apply to your school? Yes. As long as you have a high school diploma OR the equivalent you may apply.

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If I am still 17, can I audition for the summer program? Yes, the minimum applicant age is 15 for the summer program.

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How old is the average Circle student? For the two year programs, early to mid twenties. For the summer program, anywhere from 18-50.

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If I am accepted, what time will I be done with classes each day? It varies. In general we tell students to expect to be in class between the hours of 9am-6pm each day. However, there will be some days where you may start later, and some days where you may end earlier. Schedules are not set in stone until a couple of weeks before a session begins, so we are unable to tell you exactly which days you will be finished earlier. Once the schedule is set, it will remain the same for the school year.

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Do you have any acting programs for children? No. For the summer program, you must be at least 18 years old. Here are some places to try for younger kids:

TADA!
Children's Aid Society
All Stars
City Lights Youth Theatre
Manhattan Children's Theatre
Stage Door Manor
Interlochen Arts Camp

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What kind of materials will I need if I am a student? Typically you will need dance and movement clothes, jazz shoes, a binder for music, a recording device (either cassette or mp3), money to make photocopies of scenes and music for class, and some basic school supplies such as pens, pencils, and paper. It is also handy to have a small stapler, scissors, and three hole punch. Students are expected to provide their own office supplies such as these since the office cannot provide them for everyone. You will also be expected to buy a few things for your classes that you can only get from the school such as a voice book and an Alexander technique cd.

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Does the school do an industry invited showcase for graduating students? Yes. At the end of the second year of study, we have two industry invited showcases: a cabaret which the musical students participate in, and a scene night which all second year students participate in. These showcases are well attended and a number of students receive industry attention as a result. It should be noted that participation in Scene Night, Cabaret presentations and Performance Projects is dependent on the student making satisfactory progress.

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What kind of support will the school give me after I have graduated? Circle alumni frequently provide support for each other through our Alumni Group where they post information on shows they are in, auditions they heard about, recommendations for classes or workshops, housing leads, and the like. The administration at Circle is always interested in what alumni are up to. We frequently have alumni coming in to ask advice or share their good news about projects they have been cast in.

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Can I still audition for shows while I am enrolled in school? Because the two year program is full time, there is very little free time for auditioning. Attendance is extremely important to the program and we expect students to be dedicated to their studies. Any absences must be cleared with the School Director and it should be noted that auditions are not considered to be an excused reason for an absence.

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If I am accepted and cannot attend, can I defer my enrollment? While we do not offer formal deferment, we suggest that you make us aware that you are interested in deferring to a future school year. Generally, we will have you contact us during the spring audition season prior to the fall you would like to attend. We will then refer to your audition notes and determine whether we need to see you re-audition or whether it is possible for you to enroll without re-auditioning.

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How many students are asked back at the end of the first year? We do not have a set number of students that we ask to return for the second year. This is determined on a very individual basis and therefore varies from year to year. For more information about Progress Review, click here.

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How are students evaluated to determine continuance in the program? Individual teachers continually critique students' classroom participation. This critique is an integral component of the program and is the process by which each student is kept fully informed of his or her progress in each classroom exercise or setting. The Director of the School, E. Colin O'Leary, is available for consultation and counseling, along with the rest of the administrative staff. Circle in the Square does not use a letter grade format, however, the Administration holds a minimum of four formal meetings with the Faculty over the course of the school year to discuss each student's progress.

Students periodically have individual meetings with the Director of the School to discuss the Faculty's written evaluations of the student's work and to express any concerns either the student or the administration may have. At these conferences, mid-year warnings and/or probation may be issued to those students whose work or behavior is not satisfactory.

Re-admission to the Second Year of either program is based on a review of individual progress and motivation at the end of the First Year. Participation in Scene Night, Cabaret presentations and Performance Projects is dependent on the student making satisfactory progress.

If a student's work or conduct has fallen below the prescribed standards, he or she may be placed on probation for the upcoming term or the remainder of the current term. A student is placed on probation by the School Administration upon the recommendation of the Faculty. Students who are placed on probation meet with the School Director, where reasons for their probation are discussed. At that time, the student my be required to appear before a panel of the Faculty where they are given guidelines for the requested changes in class work and/or behavior, as well as the amount of time these changes must be maintained before they are taken off probation. During the time a student is on probation, if he or she does not maintain the requested changes, it will be considered grounds for dismissal.

The Faculty and Administration reserve the right to dismiss any individual student after a thorough evaluation of the student's progress or lack thereof. In the event of a student's dismissal, the reasons for the dismissal and the criteria used are fully explained to the student in a personal interview with the School Director. If the student wishes to appeal his or her case, they may do so, in writing to the School Director. After a review period in which the Director further consults the Faculty, the student will be notified as to the disposition of their appeal.

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If I am not invited to return for the second year, can I appeal the decision? Yes. If the student wishes to appeal his or her case, they may do so, in writing to the School Director. After a review period in which the Director further consults the Faculty, the student will be notified as to the disposition of their appeal.

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What are the reasons a students might not be invited to return for the second year? Attendance, motivation, lack of preparation for classes, disregard for the rules and regulations, alcohol or drug abuse, or failing to make satisfactory progress.

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How can I arrange an internship with the school? Non-paying internships are available to either assist the Performance Ensemble Stage Manager and /or for administrative positions in our School Office. Interested candidates should contact David Pleva at the School Office by general mail, email or phone.

By Mail:
Circle in the Square Theatre School
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

By Email:
admissions@circlesquare.org

By Phone:
(212) 307-0388

 

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What are the crime statistics for the school?

We are proud to report that year after year, we have had 0% crime in the Circle in the Square Theatre School facility. It should be noted that the immediate area surrounding Circle in the Square, called Times Square, is heavily trafficked by tourists who are frequent targets for crime. Students should be aware of their pockets and bags at all times when in NYC.

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1633 Broadway at 50th Street
New York City, NY 10019
Tel: 212-307-0388
Fax: 212-307-0257
Email:
admissions@circlesquare.org