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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

Sadie Fischesser  President
Chip Greenberg    Vice-President
Stephen Fitch    Treasurer
Prudence Baird    Secretary
Milton Eaton  Member
Priscilla Svec   Member
Todd Mandell   Member
Zev Kazati-Morgan   Student Representative

Mission Statement
New England Youth Theatre educates the hearts, minds, bodies and voices of youth of all abilities through the dramatic arts.
                                                       --Adopted by the NEYT Board, March 2013
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.


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Please contact Jerry Stockman for more information:
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New England Youth Theatre
100 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT  05301

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