Terms and Conditions

Tuition

Payments are due in full at the time of signing up for a class and/or workshop. Payment is accepted in form of credit card or cash. NO Checks or Money Orders.

Classes are subscription based and are only offered in bundles of 4, with one class per week for 4 weeks. 
Classes take place at the same day and time every week. You continue to study at Tcherkin Studio for as long or as short as you wish. There is no term or semester or set time to be in one level. The subscription is automatically renewed every 4th week, until cancelled by the student.

Cancellation and refunds

Tcherkin Studio cannot guarantee any type of refund, full or partial, of subscriptions after they have been paid or renewed. Subscriptions run until cancelled by the student and can be cancelled at any time.

If Tcherkin Studio is cancelling a class or session, a credit will be issued.

Credit

Tcherkin Studio does not issue a credit for anything other than paid acting work. If you book a job, you must notify the studio by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the specific date of your project prior to your absence in a class and/or workshop. If you are eligible for a credit, you may be asked to provide physical documentation to the Studio, such as a production call sheet, in order for the credit to be granted. Auditions, print and modeling work, non-paid plays and extra roles, are not eligible for a credit. No credit will be issued for personal illnesses or misfortunes. There are no refunds.

Attendance

You are expected to be on time for classes and coaching sessions. No time will be added to the class or coaching session if you are late.

In the Studio:
Students are expected to arrive early for class and stay until the end of the class, unless coach Tcherkin has been notified in advance. If you cannot attend class for any reason, you must also notify your scene partner.

While in class, you are expected to be attentive to your classmates and your teacher. Your cell phone should remain off until the break between scenes, where you can step outside to talk and/or text. Talking and texting during the scene and critique is unacceptable!

The Virtual Room:
The Virtual room will be opened 15 min prior to the actual class time and will remain available after class for up to 30 min. We at Tcherkin Studio and the Chubbuck Family believe that socializing and getting to hang together before and after class is of outmost importance in creating a community of like-minded people who are there to support each other, their growth and their successes.

All the rest of the rules stated above under “In the Studio” apply.

Confidentiality Personal Agreement

Audio and/or Video recording of any type during classes/workshop, or private coaching is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Due to the sensitive nature of this program and the personal discussions that are a part of these teachings, we all pledge to protect the information and the integrity of what each and every one of us shares while we are working together in the Studio and/or online through Zoom/FaceTime/Google Duo or other digital platforms.

Scene Partner

Once your scene partner has been assigned, you should contact each other within 24 hours to set up your rehearsal schedule. You are expected to return calls and e-mails promptly. If your scene involves any physicality related to sex or violence, have a conversation with your scene partner regarding boundaries. Being able to openly discuss what you are and are not comfortable with creates trust and, ultimately, keeps you safe while working on the scene.

It is possible to fire your scene partner if you have a well-founded reason – including being unavailable or flakey behavior. If you are having challenges working with someone, contact the Studio by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately. You will be assigned a new scene and scene partner. Always have a monologue prepared.

Always come prepared

Students must always be prepared with a monologue in case their scene partner is not able to attend class due to emergency. You will not be deprived from the opportunity to work due to the absence of your assigned scene partner.

Scene Assignments

Scenes are assigned from either plays or films. Many of the sides are available for download on www.tcherkinstudio.com/members by using your personal log in. If the sides for your scene cannot be found there, you can find your material at the library or online. If not, you or your scene partner will need to transcribe the scene and send it to the Studio by emailing it at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be uploaded to the website in order to be made available for future work for your peers.

If your scene is from a play, read the entire play. If your scene is from a film read (or watch) the entire screenplay. This will give you the previous circumstances for your scene, as well as provide clues for your overall objective and your scene objective.

Rehearsal Process

Tcherkin Studio is a professional institution dedicated to developing working actors. Students should approach all scenes, partners and rehearsals in a professional manner. Your dedication to the Studio is not just for class, but also a commitment to allocate sufficient time for rehearsal. It is your responsibility to arrange with your partner a convenient location for both parties, if there is an unusually long travel distance between the two of you. If you and your partner quickly discover that your schedules do not coordinate, notify the Studio by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  as soon as possible. The earlier in the week that we know of any conflicts, the quicker they can be resolved, and you can be reassigned. Your professionalism will be highly appreciated in the real world and will make it or break it for you.

Scene Work

It is our goal to provide the opportunity for you to work at least twice a month. However, situations may arise that may conflict with the frequency of your work that The Studio cannot anticipate and is not responsible for. Please do not put up a scene unless you and your partner are ready. It may harm your process, and it is disrespectful to your classmates. Expect all scenes to be put up twice.

In the Studio:
It is possible that you could receive a second scene in class. If you are fortunate enough to be assigned a second scene, you are still be expected to complete your work on your first scene. If your scene partner is absent for class on a day that your name appears in the scene’s place on the list rotation, you may take the opportunity to present a monologue. Putting up a monologue does not affect your scene’s place on the list and allows you the opportunity to work.

The Virtual Room:
In order to create the most effective online classes with the highest possible quality, as well as the most productive way to give individualized attention, AND to allow people who have iPads, but don’t have laptops or desktop computers to participate, we have structured the class with a total of only 9 participants (8 students and Coach Violet). We want to give everyone a chance to study, allowing more time per student, and for everyone to be seen.

Tcherkin Studio does not recommend using a smart phone for our virtual classes as the small screen will not allow you to see everyone at the same time.

Recording

Audio and/or Video recording of any type during classes/workshop, or private coaching is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Due to the sensitive nature of this program and the personal discussions that are a part of these teachings, we all pledge to protect the information and the integrity of what each and every one of us shares while we are working together in the Studio and/or online though Zoom/FaceTime/Google Duo or other digital platforms.

Props

The Studio is equipped with basic props to set your stage and create an environment. As these props are communal, you are required to clean out dishes, glasses bottles, and any other elements that you borrow. Returning props to their respective place keeps them organized for all students. Do not rely solely on the Studio’s props to set your stage. An entire chapter in “The Power of The Actor” is dedicated to the importance of creating place and time. Bring any props that you feel may contribute to the environmental element of your scene. All guns and knives MUST be checked by the Studio prior to bringing them inside. If you have intentions of using such props in your scene, you must notify the Studio in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Some of our props may be fragile so some care is required when setting and striking your set.

Food and Drinks

NO food or drinks, except water, is allowed in the Studio unless is a part of the scene. You are required to thoroughly clean up after yourself if you have used food as a prop.

NO smoking, alcohol or drugs are allowed in or within 100 feet of the Studio. If your scene includes Smoking as an applicable doing, you may only use electronic device, as the discretion of the Studio.

Studio Space

Bathroom areas should be used quietly during the breaks between scenes, and not during a scene or critique. If you arrive at the Studio while a scene or critique is in progress, please wait until the critique has been completed before entering the room. Remember to pick up and clean after yourself when attending class.

Disclaimer

Tcherkin Studio makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, in any shape or form of any outcome, including but not limited to students getting an agent, being invited for an audition/casting, booking a job, gaining a film/TV or theater working contract, being accepted to a program or becoming the next “Red Carpet” sensation, and/or the next big Hollywood/Broadway star.