Our COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve we will, in kind, continue to adjust our response. We will keep this post updated with the latest from us.

  • April 1:  Spring Quarter classes which cannot be held online will start with the first meeting or two over Zoom meetings, with the goal to shift to in-person meetings as small groups are allowed to gather again, currently May 4. For current class offerings and more detailed information, please visit individual listings on our registration page.
  • March 23: We shifted class offerings that are conducive to online instruction to Zoom meetings. To allow ourselves time to collect more information and to work with our faculty to develop contingency plans, we have delayed the start of our Spring Quarter.
  • March 16: Our offices closed with the staff shifting to work from home. As such, all space rentals were cancelled and the remaining classes from our Winter Quarter meet online or were postponed.
  • March 13: We canceled our Open Mic and Spring Quarter Sample Class.

Amidst so many cancelations, we are currently continuing with our registration (with their new start time) for two reasons:

  1. Compared with a theatre production, our classes have an average attendance of 10 students per class. This is a much easier environment to control and we are doing our best to ensure that our space is clean and safe. We greatly appreciate our students, faculty, and rental partners for their support in these efforts. The delayed start time also gives us room to continue to think creatively about any adjustments that need to be made to our curriculum for social distancing and safety precautions.
  2. We feel the way we can best stand with our artist partners is continue to provide them with space and support to practice their craft—whether online or in person. In uncertain times, something as simple as knowing you have a place to go, a place to practice, a place to learn can mean so much.

This decision is based, in part, on direction from our students. Please continue to sign up for classes — until the week before your class starts, all we ask is a $75 deposit. This also opens communication with interested students as details change. As always, we offer payment plans for all of our students and discounted tuition for those making $50,000 or less. We know our students will not escape the economic impacts of COVID-19 and want to work with you to make this work for all of us. 

That said, if you are able to pay your full tuition now, or give an additional gift at this time, we would greatly appreciate your support. You helped us keep our doors open last year, and we are doing our best to be open for you on the other side of these troubling times.

It’s been a tumultuous time to start a new job but I am continually impressed by the Freehold Theatre community and your commitment not just to the craft, but to each other.

 

Thank you for your support,

Caroline Kangas

Managing Director