The purpose of this FAQ (“Frequently Asked Questions”) page is to answer many of the frequently asked questions about paying tuition for training at Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training. Each application is considered on an individual basis, but many general guidelines apply. Please familiarize yourself with the information on this page before submitting your application, and if you have a question not answered here please contact the Center for Actor Training.
- How much does it cost?
- What sort of discounts do you offer?
- What’s the deal with deadlines? Will you extend mine?
- Can I have a scholarship?
- What about work-study?
- I don’t know if I can afford it. What else can you do for me?
- But I want to do the Conservatory. Can’t I get financial aid for that?
- I’m currently studying acting in college. Which program is right for me?
- Where can I get more information? Who’s my contact?
1. How much does it cost?
Pricing for each program is listed with its description on the S&Co website. Tuition must be paid in full before a participant will be allowed to begin a workshop. Please keep this important fact in mind when considering your ability to finance your tuition.
2. What sort of discounts do you offer?
Shakespeare & Company is currently able to offer several discounts which generally apply to most applicants:
- Actors who have completed the S&Co Month-Long Intensive or Summer Training Institute are eligible for a 20% discount on all workshops.
- Members of Actors’ Equity, SAG, or AFTRA are eligible for a 15% discount on all workshops. Proof of current membership required.
- Actors who work for or are affiliated with companies which are members of the Shakespeare Theatre Association are eligible for a 15% discount on all workshops. Contact the Center for Actor Training for details & restrictions.
- For the Month-Long Intensive and Summer Training Institute, an Early Payment Discount is available. The amount of and deadline for this discount is listed with each program.
Please note that discounts may not be combined. Accepted applicants will be granted the highest single discount for which they are eligible.
3. What’s the deal with deadlines? Will you extend mine?
Probably not. Our application and payment deadlines for each program are designed to give us sufficient time to review other eligible applicants in the event someone withdraws from a workshop. We do want to work with you as best we can, so if you are unable to meet a payment deadline, contact the Center for Actor Training as soon as possible. Most likely, you will be placed on an “alternate” list until such time as you are able to pay. During such time, however, S&Co will be considering other applications in anticipation of filling as many enrollments as possible. Therefore, alternates are subject to being bumped from a workshop if other applicants are accepted and able to pay.
4. Can I have a scholarship?
Occasionally, some financial aid is available in the form of a partial scholarship from Shakespeare & Company. An audition may be required along with the scholarship application form. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of talent, need, and availability of funding as determining factors for the Director of Training and/or his or her designees. Scholarships can only go to a maximum of 20% of total tuition and may not be combined with the Early Payment Discount. Please keep in mind that while you may not be awarded a scholarship, you are always eligible for the Early Payment Discount. Scholarship applications are accepted for the Month-long Intensive and Conservatory only.
5. What about work-study?
Work-study participants are accepted on the basis of employment needs within the Company. Work-study consists of 40-60 hours per week. One month of full-time work earns approximately one week of a workshop. (For example, four months of work will earn full tuition to the Month-Long Intensive.) Contact the Center for Actor Training for the latest details.
Duties are assigned on an as-needed basis. You may spend time filing or doing data entry, driving airport or train shuttles, calling alumni, colleges, or donors…very nearly anything! While we do try to match work-study participants to tasks they are well-suited for, flexibility is a must. Work-study must be completed prior to the beginning of the workshop.
6. I don’t know if I can afford it. What else can you do for me?
We are unable to offer any aid beyond the scholarship, work-study, or discounts detailed above. As a theatre company–not an academic institution–we do not have a financial aid office nor are we affiliated with any financial institution. The Center for Actor Training may be able to recommend foundations or other sources to which actors may apply for funding subsidies, as well as suggesting other approaches to financing which have been successful for past participants. We know from experience that there are funds available to committed and ambitious actors, and will be glad to help you begin your exploration of these sources, but all applicants are strongly encouraged to take these matters into their own hands.
7. But I want to do the Conservatory. Can’t I get financial aid for that?
Yes, but only to the extent of what has been described above. Shakespeare & Company does not offer a traditional financial aid package. Some organizations offer Private Educational Loans, even “training loans” given for education or training which will enhance the applicant’s career.
8. I’m currently studying acting in college. Which program is right for me?
Current undergraduate acting students should consider the Summer Training Institute, the Conservatory, the Performance Intern Program, or any of the Weekend Intensives and special workshops. The Month-long Intensive is geared towards older actors, directors and teachers who have completed their undergraduate degrees.
9. Where can I get more information? Who’s my contact?
If you have questions not answered on this page, please contact the Center for Actor Training. While we are glad to provide you with some starting points, we do not have the resources to be able to serve as go-between at every step, so you’re encouraged to contact financial institutions, foundations, and loan sources directly. We can provide documentation of your acceptance and enrollment in our workshops. You are responsible for meeting all deadlines from Shakespeare & Company and any outside funding sources.
Please remember that it’s never too early to apply for a workshop. You may apply for any future programs offered by the Center for Actor Training at any time. Please keep in mind that while we are able to work out an advance payment plan with you, we can’t extend payments beyond the end of a workshop, so early applications are the best way to take advantage of discounts and gain some time to plan ahead.