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.
While The Actors Conservatory does not provide student housing, we are happy to work with you to find housing in your price range. We can also help you find housing close to Portland’s extensive transit system so transportation does not become an issue for you. Portland has both the MAX Light Rail train system and the Portland Streetcar. We are located next-door to a major MAX station and several Portland Streetcar stops.
We may also be able to connect you with fellow students looking for roommates and we have a large fanbase so supporters of the Conservatory may have rooms available in their homes. Whatever you’re looking for, we can help you find it!
To get the process started, please contact Erin Jackson with the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (503) 274-1717 ext. 2. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can find you housing in plenty of time before you begin classes. For more information and resources, 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. If you withdraw by written notification after five business days of the date of enrollment, and prior to the commencement of classes, you are eligible for a refund of all monies paid less registration, supply and application 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 60% of the payment period or term, you will not be eligible for a refund, and will be responsible for the full amount of tuition and fees. Students who withdraw after the commencement of classes will be asked to complete an exit interview with Conservatory’s Business Manager or another member of the management team. Please see Return of Title IV Funds Policy, or Student Handbook for complete policy.
The Actors Conservatory has an extensive onsite theatrical library that is accessible to all students. The main branch of the regional public library is 2 miles from the Conservatory and directly accessible by Portland Streetcar from our location. Portland is also home to the famous Powell’s Books: a city-block-size independent bookstore with an enormous collection of used and new books. You should be able to find anything you need!
The Conservatory curriculum is divided into two semesters each year. Students are in class full-time for a total of 32 weeks/year. Classes are Monday-Friday and students can expect to spend an average of 30 hours/week in class. For our current first year calendar, please check here.
The Conservatory honors the following holidays that occur during the school year:
Indigenous Peoples’ Day: October 11, 2021
Veterans Day: November 11, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 17, 2022
Presidents’ Day: February 21, 2022
Memorial Day: May 30, 2022
Three breaks are given during the school year:
Fall Break: November 24 – 26, 2021
Winter Break: December 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Spring Break: March 21-25, 2022
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 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, 3225 25th Street SE Salem, OR 97302 or call (503) 947-5701.