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TWO-YEAR PROGRAMS: Professional Acting Workshop | Professional Musical Theatre Workshop | SUMMER WORKSHOPS (Acting and Musical)

More About Both Workshops . . .

The First Year – At the end of the first year of study, all students progress is reviewed by the faculty and administration. Students making satisfactory progress are invited to partcipate in the First Year Scene Night which is attended by family, friends, and alumni, providing a supportive environment to share what you have learned during the first year of study. Musical Workshop students will also have the opportunity to participate in a First Year Cabaret.

The Second Year – 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. Second Year Students who have been reviewed to be making satisfactory progress participate in a Second Year Scene Night. A number of agents, casting directors, and other industry professionals are invited to attend. In addition, Musical Workshop students will participate in an industry attended Second Year Cabaret.

Both of the Two Year Professional Workshops culminate in a series of final projects that consist of several plays and a musical. Students are cast in these projects by the faculty's recommendation having reviewed their work for two years. The final projects are open to the public and are also sometimes performed in the mornings for New York City students in grades 7-12.

Progress Review – 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.

All students who have successfully completed all the requirements of their specified program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Discipline and Dismissal – Students are expected to familiarize themselves and to comply with the rules and regulations, standards of conduct, attendance and satisfactory progress of Circle in the Square Theatre School. If pursuant to such rules, regulations and standards, the withdrawal of a student is required before the end of the term, a refund will be made according to the standard schedule for refunds.

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 may 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.

Seminar Guests – While at Circle, you have the opportunity for Master Seminars, conducted so as to expose the students to members of the professional theatre world, and thus to the practical application of your craft. A series of these informal seminars is scheduled throughout the year with playwrights, directors and actors.

Past guests have included: Alan Alda, Kevin Bacon, Barbara Barrie, Gary Beach, Philip Bosco, Matthew Broderick, Blair Brown, Betty Buckley, Kevin Cahoon, Zoe Caldwell, Michael Cerveris, Kathleen Chalfant, Deborah S. Craig, Hume Cronyn, Robert Cuccioli, Tyne Daly, Shae D'Lyn, Scott Ellis, Raul Esparza, Sutton Foster, Elizabeth Franz, John Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Randy Graff, David Marshall Grant, David Alan Grier, John Guare, Uta Hagen, Rosemary Harris, Katherine Helmond, Marilu Henner, Tom Hewitt, Neal Huff, Jeremy Irons, Bill Irwin, Dana Ivey, Judith Ivey, Glenda Jackson, Derek Jacobi, Trisha Jeffrey, Daniel Jenkins, Cherry Jones, Raul Julia, Harvey Keitel, Richard Kind, Kevin Kline, Marc Kudisch, Swoosie Kurtz, Frank Langella, Matthew Lillard, Larry Linville, Laura Linney, Emily Loesser, Craig Lucas, Patti LuPone, John Malkovich, Theodore Mann, Marin Mazzie, Andrew McCarthy, Leonard Melfi, Alfred Molina, Debra Monk, Crista Moore, Brían O'Byrne, Denis O'Hare, Brian O'Neil, Brad Oscar, Al Pacino, Sarah Jessica Parker, Austin Pendeleton, Faith Prince, Jose Quintero, Phylicia Rashad, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Roger Rees, Christopher Reeve, Alan Rickman, Alan Ruck, Sarah Saltzberg, Douglas Sills, Don Stephenson, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Thomas, John Turturro, Eli Wallach, Sam Waterston, Steven Weber, Kate Wetherhead, Michael Weller, Dianne Wiest, John Lloyd Young and Jerry Zaks.

Alumni – After completing the program, there are several ways to continue to stay involved with the school. A select number of graduates are invited to join the Alumni Performance Ensemble. These graduates are paid by Circle to perform in one or more shows for school children in grades K to 6. The Alumni Performance Ensemble Season consists of three plays. More Information.

Another way to continue your involvement is to participate in the Arts in Education Program. This program provides the opportunity to put your talents to use, training to be a teaching artist, a skill which can supplement your income. Participants in this Arts in Education Program are paid a stipend upon completion. More Information.


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