Over the past couple years, we have made adjustments to our training process to accommodate the changing times (as many others have done across the world), and over the past several months, we have found very effective ways to teach our process in an online environment.
When the pandemic first started and education was moved online, we weren’t exactly sure how it would work or how affective it would be. But as educators, our job is to adjust to the changing environment and allow our students to learn in any environment we are in. So we adjusted… and adjusted… and adjusted.
Today, we are very proud of our online education and how it benefits the students. In fact, we have made adjustments to our studio to accommodate long-term online learning, including our new Zoom Studios and upcoming Online Acting Classes.
As we have done for more than a decade, we will continue to provide in-person classes in our studios located in south Orlando. In addition, we will continue to stay up-to-date with current regulations and safety guidelines from the CDC and local state and county public school authorities in order to keep all our students and visitors safe and comfortable.
Hybrid (Live Online) Classes
For those who live out of the Central Florida area, or who are not able to physically come into the studio, can continue to train with us live online via Zoom. Our new Hybrid Studios allow you to be part of the in-studio class from the comfort of your own home. You will be able to see and hear everything that happens in the class, as well as fully participate in class discussions and exercises.
Fully Online (Digital) Classes – COMING SOON!
We are excited for our upcoming Online Acting Classes, which will be pre-packaged courses for you to take on your own time. This will be a great option for those who have a restrictive schedule or who wish to study at their own pace. Check out our Online Acting Classes page for more information.
Hybrid Class FAQ
Please review our FAQ below about our hybrid format – and if you still have questions or would like to discuss it further, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Our Hybrid Class format is simply a combination of live online students with in-studio students.
The goal of the Hybrid class is for the student to be in control of whether they would like to be physically in-studio or live online. It also allows us to maintain proper capacity numbers, social distancing and other current safety guidelines as issued by the CDC and local state and county public school authorities.
Also, our Hybrid Studios allow you to be part of the in-studio class from the comfort of your own home. You are able to see and hear everything that happens in the class, as well as fully participate in class discussions and exercises.
Or Hybrid classes are great for those who live out of the Central Florida area, or for those who cannot physically come into the studio for training.
First of all, in order to maintain the feel of an in-class group environment, we ask that all online students participate with both audio and video. This can be accomplished with a cell phone or on a computer with a webcam and microphone. By having us all visable on the live session, it creates the feeling that we are all there together, in the same space.
Beyond that, all students are fully visible and present, similar way to how it would be in-person in the studio. We have topic lectures, group discussions, and even tools and exercises that all students can work on during the class.
The technology gives us the ability to have everyone participate and interact. In addition, we can even have students online work directly with students in the class. Also, all of our class materials are made available online for students to access.
Great question! And the short answer is YES! While we typically try to be in-person within a group setting (like being inside a classroom), we have still found ways to keep our hybrid classrooms interactive and engaging, from group discussions to practicing exercises, etc. In addition, we have online tools that allow our students to communicate and collaborate outside of class.
Our Hybrid Studios allow for students to directly interact with the instructor and each other (from studio to online and vice versa) so regardless where you are, you can fully participate in the class!
All Hybrid (live online) classes are conducted via Zoom.
Yes! We are using a system called Canvas, which is designed for educational environments. This is the same system that many public schools and universities use, and it’s a great place to keep up with the class. After each class, we will put any materials or handouts on Canvas, and you will be able to access them anytime during the semester.
In addition, we will put all assignments and homework on Canvas, so you will be able to track everything in the same place. AND… there is an app for it too, so you can access everything right from your phone!
We have the same expectations from our students, whether you are in-studio or online. First, we ask that all studetns are in class each session and are on time to class. This means being physically at our studio or signed into the Zoom class prior to the start time.
Next, we ask that all students online are visible and are active participants in the class. We do understand that there may be times when a student can only be on audio only, but we ask that this be an exception and not the rule.
In addition, we ask that all of our students make a solid attempt at the work, and come to each class session prepared.
If you have any further questions, please let us know. You can chat with us online, call our studio, or use the form below. We hope to hear from you!