The Conservatory creates a caring environment of respect, diversity, curiosity, and decency. These traits are expected in the theatre and likewise of our students. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated. The most basic requirement of actors is that they show up fully and completely, and this expectation holds true for actor training. Students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to work. Remember to reference your Student Handbook.
Due to the importance of continuity in the two-year program, students with more than two unexcused absences will be dismissed from the program. Unexcused status is up to the discretion of the Conservatory.
Portland Actors Conservatory is not able to provide student housing. However, because we are located near downtown and the Portland State University campus, apartments and studios are available within walking distance. Portland has an extensive transit system, and most affordable housing is within 5-20 minutes by transit. For more information, please visit our Housing Page.
Due to the intensity and continuity of the Conservatory program, students must enter our program only at the year-one level. Students must complete the entire curriculum in order to graduate.
WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY:
As a student, you will be responsible for the full amount of tuition and fees. You may withdraw upon written notification within five business days of the date of enrollment and be eligible for a refund of all monies paid, less application, supply and registration fees. If you withdraw by giving written notification after the commencement of classes, you will be eligible for a refund less application, registration and supply fees and a prorated amount for classes that already have been offered. If you withdraw after 50% of the contracted program, you will not be eligible for a refund, and will be responsible for the full amount of tuition and fees.
Portland Actors Conservatory has an onsite theatrical library that is accessible to all two-year students. The main branch of the regional public library is within walking distance of the Conservatory.
The Conservatory curriculum is divided into two semesters each year. For 2016-17, the First Session: September 21 - January 20. The Second Session: January 23 - May 26. Students are in class for a total of 32 weeks. Classes are Monday-Friday, 9am-5 pm. Certain days have early dismissal (usually Wednesdays).
The Conservatory honors the following holidays that occur during the school year:
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
Three breaks are given during the school year:
Fall Break: November 23 - 25, 2016
Winter Break: December 19, 2015 - January 3, 2017
Spring Break: March 13-17, 2017
GRIEVANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURE:
If a student feels he or she has been the victim of or witness to any form of discrimination or harassment, the Artistic Director or the office staff of the Portland Actors Conservatory should be notified as soon as possible. If, for any reason, it is not appropriate to report the concern to either the Artistic Director or the office staff, then the concern must be reported to the Managing Director or Chair of the Board of Directors. After notice, appropriate investigation of the complaint will be undertaken and appropriate action taken, which may include discipline up to and including discharge or expulsion. No student or employee will be retaliated against for making a good-faith complaint of discrimination or harassment. Should this procedure fail, students may contact: Oregon Department of Education, Public Service Building, 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97310 or call 503-947-5701.