Village Theatre Institute expects students to be in attendance every week. Absences are discouraged as they diminish the impact of the program and the student’s ability to progress, as well as interrupt the progression of the entire class.
While attendance is crucial to a student’s success, our students' health and well-being is of the utmost importance. If a student is ill, we ask that they stay home. For the 23/24 school year we will provide the option for students to Zoom-in to class from home if they are not feeling well and still wish to participate in class. We also support taking days off for mental health purposes.
We also understand that students may occasionally have other commitments that will cause them to be absent. We ask that students make every effort possible to avoid scheduling other commitments such as rehearsals for shows, sports, etc. during Institute programming so that each student can fulfill their commitment to being in class every week.
Show Conflicts: Village Theatre Institute recognizes that professional and school productions are of benefit to our students. We understand that participating in shows may occasionally conflict with Institute. We expect students to list Institute as a conflict for their show(s) and to work with their director on honoring their Institute commitment. Ideally, students would only miss Institute for tech rehearsal or performance. Please use the “Letter to Directors” to request time away from rehearsal for Institute.
Consequences for any absence for any reason will vary in each class. In some cases, a student will be able to step directly back into class. In other cases, a student may have missed something critical to participating the week they return and will be asked to observe, do some reading, or catch up in some way before rejoining the learning community.