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NEW ENGLAND YOUTH THEATRE
STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK 



100 Flat Street
Brattleboro, VT, 05301
802.246.6398
www.neyt.org

Program information: ext. 101 & 102
Box Office: ext. 103

NEYT STAFF

Hallie Flower
Executive Director
802.246.6398 ext.114
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Michelle Meima

Director of Operations 

802.246.6398, ext. 101

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Sandy Klein

Creative Director
802.579.3044 (cell)

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Elissa Pine
Public Relations Coordinator & Administrative Assistant
802.246.6398 ext. 102
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Jonny Flood
Education Director
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Laura Lawson Tucker
Theatre Adventure Director
802.246.6398 ext. 108
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Darlene Jenson
Theatre Adventure, Disabilities Specialist
802.254.9528
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Jason Clark
Technical Director
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Jerry Stockman
Associate Technical Director and Program Editor
802.380.5505 (cell)
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Laura Bliss

Webmaster, Staff Photographer
802.875.4469

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Naomi Shafer
Environmental Clean-up Project Coordinator
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Stephen Stearns, Ph.D.
Founder
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NEYT BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018

Sadie Fischesser         President
Todd Mandell         Vice-President
Prudence C Baird         Secretary
David Dunn             Treasurer
Elizabeth Fisher
Milton Eaton
Scott Gordon-Macey
Sarah Gordon-Macey
Amelia Graff
Remy Walker
Shannon Ward
Stephen Stearns is an Emeritus Board Member

Mission Statement

ASPIRATION
Young people have the confidence and skills they need to be active participants in creating healthy communities.

MISSION
NEYT fosters the growth of young people through the practice of theatre arts in a welcoming, youth-centered community. 

CORE VALUES

    •    YOUTH-CENTERED
We believe in the creative force of youth as artists, learners, and community members. At NEYT, we help young people thrive in a community where they are trusted collaborators. Experienced mentors empower young people to meet the challenges theatre work puts before us. We believe the difficulties and joys that emerge from this complex collaboration facilitate resilience and independence. NEYT is for youth and by youth.

    •    INCLUSIVE

At NEYT, everyone is welcome. We work to foster a culture of belonging and mutual respect through the practice of honesty, patience, and empathy. We welcome people of diverse backgrounds and abilities  - and value the perspectives of all our partners. We are dedicated to having a physical space that is accessible to all and strive to offer programs that meet a wide variety of interest and need. 
    
    •    HIGH-QUALITY PRACTICE IN THEATRE ARTS

NEYT offers young people the opportunity to engage in an environment where we strive for artistic excellence. We balance the demands of both process and product. Our young people acquire tangible skills in the broad range of theatre arts. We recruit and retain practicing artists, educators, and staff to support students in creating brave, exemplary theatre experiences.

    •    PLAY
NEYT is a place where youth experience and express the joy of creativity with others. We intentionally use play as a creative catalyst. It is an integral part of making art and growing community.
Playfulness allows us to explore, discover, respond… and opens the door to creative force. 

 

Our Vision
 At NEYT, theater professionals partner with students in a creative world of drama where possibilities are endless.

NEYT is committed to nurturing a culture of inclusion, tolerance, and empathy.

We are a community that is friendly to all ages and all kinds of people. This means that everyone is welcome. It means we come together without fear of being teased, scolded, or bullied. We do our best to practice tolerance, patience, positive mental attitude, personal initiative, honesty, trustworthiness, and consideration for the needs of others.

At NEYT, community building is an active practice. We strive to create an inclusive social environment that is welcoming to new comers and returning students alike. Our senior mentor program is a big part of how we engage positive social networking. The young people who commit to this leadership role work to make new connections, model and maintain an open, supportive atmosphere.

NEYT is a safe place where we work with one another through the difficult as well as joyous times. Persistent activities and/or behaviors that put the individual or others at risk will be addressed in collaboration with staff and family. We seek to understand the individuals, the causes of behavior – and find appropriate resolution. If necessary, we seek professional help for and sometimes may ask a student to leave on disciplinary grounds with no tuition refund.

Our staff is prepared to help resolve many kinds of issues that may arise. When a student or family member has a concern or grievance to discuss, we encourage “taking it to the source” and “seeking to understand”. Families and students are also encouraged to contact the Executive Director to seek assistance supporting effective mediation.

NEYT is lucky to have such a home to share. It is important that we be good stewards of our theater space together.

The physical condition of our theater is an important part of our creative, artistic work.  We will treat with respect and care all costumes, props, scripts, stage machinery, booth technology, theater furniture, make-up, tools and materials. We put things back where they belong or where we found them. We do not touch things that are in use by, or for the use of, others. We all help clean our theater, do chores, and participate in work parties.

EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY
 
Theatre is a versatile artistic tool that leads to self-discovery, self-empowerment, and self-realization. One does not need to be interested in theatre as a vocation to enjoy, benefit, and grow from the challenges of making theatre.

NEYT was founded with the vision of a theatre “for kids, by kids, under expert mentorship”. This means, our young people do and our adults guide - Every aspect of the theater making is created in tandem with or by our students.

At NEYT, we strive to be an affirmative, safe space where young people are free to take risks and try new things in order to grow into engaged, empowered, autonomous young people who will take their strength and their focus into their adult lives.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:
NEYT will not hold classes or rehearsals on days when school is cancelled for the district of WSESU.  Families will be alerted by email, facebook posting, and a message on our NEYT answering machine.

We will determine cancellations by 7 am on Saturdays and by noon on weekdays with early release or when school is not in session.

Rehearsals and classes that are cancelled due to weather conditions will be rescheduled.

PHOTOGRAPHY at NEYT:
NEYT productions are professionally photographed. These visuals are a great way for actors to view their own work and sometimes get valuable feedback, as well as, of course, bringing back fond memories for years to come.

Parents and students can view all the best photos from each show (plus rehearsals and press photos) all the way back to 2006 at neyt.smugmug.com. Those photos can also be purchased there as prints or as digital downloads in a variety of sizes. A modest number of photos are also available to view in the neyt.org galleries.

We also have cast photos professionally developed and made available in the lobby.

PARKING:
Please make sure to park all vehicles in the big designated lot.  Handicapped spots need to be kept free at all times as does the fire lane all the way from the street up to the left side of the building.  In addition, cars should not block the walkway to the entrance; this is also necessary for handicapped use.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

 A $100.00 deposit, per child, per session, is due at the time of registration in order to secure your student’s spot in a program or class.  This is a non-refundable deposit barring medical issues (see below).  

REFUND POLICY

We do understand that things come up and you may need to cancel your registration. To do so, please call or email the office. 802.246.6398 ext 101/102 mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  •  $100 Deposit is not refundable or transferable at any time unless it is a medical reason (must have written explanation from Doctor).
  • If you cancel with more than 30 days till the session start date, then you will receive all money paid EXCEPT $100 refund
  • 15-30 days until the session start date, 50% refund
  • 2 weeks prior to start of camp session = NO REFUND 
     

MEDICAL REASON FOR CANCELLATION

We understand that medical issues may arise over the summer or just as your child is set to attend a program or class.  Please call us as soon as possible to inform us of your need to cancel.  We will ask that you submit a written excuse from your child's physician.  If you child is sick and there is time and room, we will work with you to switch your camper to a later session. 


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100 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT  05301

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