Last updated August 25, 2021
Theater Arts Education F.A.Q.
Classes, Camps, & YouthStage Programming
Q: What is Berkeley Playhouse doing to prevent the spread of Covid-19?
A: We have implemented the following protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who takes a class/camp/YouthStage program with us:
All Berkeley Playhouse staff and teaching staff are fully vaccinated.
We will implement daily symptom checks for anyone who enters the rehearsal/performance space.
Appropriate face coverings are required at all times by students and staff unless eating or drinking. Meal/snack periods will be held outdoors. Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose. Neck gaiters, bandanas, and all masks with vents are NOT allowed.
We will continuously promote healthy hygiene practices, including regular and frequent handwashing, symptom screenings, and encouraging anyone who is unwell to stay home.
Our facilities undergo intensified routine cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation. Air purifiers will be used in each teaching space and doors/windows will be opened when/where possible.
We will minimize sharing of spaces and supplies between individuals and groups. Costumes will not be used in classes; singing will be distanced and solo only; snack breaks will be held outside when the weather permits.
Students/teachers exhibiting ANY symptoms will not be allowed to attend class/camp/rehearsal until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours and/or have a negative COVID test.
Q: Do you have a vaccination policy to attend a class, camp, and/or YouthStage program?
A: Yes—All students eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine (12 and up) will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to enroll and participate in any of our programs. Full vaccination is defined as completion of the two-dose regimen of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered two weeks or more in advance of the start date of the program to be attended. For example, if your class begins on Sept. 12, 2021, vaccines must be complete by Aug. 29, 2021.
Students citing medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccine will be required to provide documentation.
Q: How many students and teachers will be in each class/camp group?
A: Depending on space sizes, groups will include between 10 and 20 students, with one or two teachers per group.
Q: Will my child have a final performance at the end of class/camp?
A: We are regularly evaluating and following health and safety protocols and will make a decision closer to the date of the intended sharing if the performance will occur or not. If we decide there can be a final sharing, the event will be at a very limited capacity for attendance. Keepsake videos will not be provided for classes/camps this session.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: We understand that there are many concerns surrounding the pandemic and that things are constantly changing. We have enacted the following policy regarding credits and refunds for classes/camps/YouthStage programming.
Credits or refunds will be offered if:
Berkeley Playhouse makes a significant change to the program (i.e. changing the day of class, canceling a program, etc)
Classes/camps/YouthStage are cancelled mid-session or for long-term closure
If a parent elects to pull their child out mid-class/camp/YouthStage production, no credit or refund will be given.
Q: Will you be offering any online-only options this fall?
A: We will not be offering online-only fall classes. The only online component will be rehearsals for our vocal program.
Q: What happens if air quality is deemed unsafe to hold class/camp?
A: Berkeley Playhouse will follow guidelines from Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD). If they announce closure due to air-quality/fires, we will contact parents to let them know that class/camp is cancelled. Class/camp will move to online on days that we are unable to meet in person.
Theater Arts Education FAQ
Q: Do you have financial aid/scholarships?
A: We do have limited, need-based Financial Aid available for each session. Learn more about Financial Aid or apply for Financial Aid.
Q: Do you pro-rate classes?
A: We do not pro-rate classes during any of our sessions.
Q: Where do your classes take place?
A: Unless otherwise indicated, classes take place in the rehearsal studio space of the Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Theater at 2640 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 or at one of our nearby satellite locations.
Q: My child is going to be late/absent from class/camp/rehearsal. Who should I contact?
A: For classes and camps: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 845-8542 x379. Our education staff will pass word along to your child's teacher. For youth productions first contact your assistant director via Teamsnap or email.
Q: How do I know which level to enroll my child in for camps/classes?
A: We offer a variety of classes for all skill levels. All of our programs will denote the appropriate students’ grade range. Our camps are best for students who are not, or are just becoming, familiar with theatrical experience and would like to build their confidence in acting, singing, and dancing as well as just to have fun. Our after-school classes are for students who have some existing theatrical experience or have taken other classes with us. Additionally, skill-building classes offer anyone of any level the opportunity to develop necessary musical theatre skills such as singing, dancing, and voice training.
Q: How can I get on an email list to receive information about class offerings and youth auditions?
A: Click here to be added to our email newsletter and receive all the latest info about our educational programming.
Q: I registered my child after the enrollment deadline. How do I know if they will get a spot?
A: In the event that you register after the enrollment deadline, you will be contacted a week before the class begins letting you know if a spot is available. Please do not come to the class if you have not been contacted about enrollment.
Q: How do I know when my child's final showing is?
A: The last day of class is when final showings are held. Students should be dropped off for their class at the usual time and the doors will open to family and friends 45 minutes to a half hour before the class ends. For the winter break and summer break camps, the final showing may take place on either the second to last or last day of the program. Times will vary based on other final showings and available space. Please check the initial parent email and handout or with the teacher if you have any questions.
Q: Who do I contact if I have more questions?
A: Please email email@example.com.