Q: How does your Advanced Build Your Book waiting list work?
A: Anyone who is currently studying with me gets priority. After that, all master class spots are offered on a first come first served basis from the bi-monthly newsletter, which announces the next round of upcoming classes. Any available spots are confirmed whether you are Alumni or not. I'm super fair when it comes to this because of the high percentage of returning students and limited availability. Sign up for our newsletter here.
Q: What happens if I pass on an offer to jump into the master class?
A: You stay on the notification list as long as you wish and will continue to receive the MaxTheatrix Newsletter approximately six times per year.
Q: How long is your notification list and how many spots are available each time?
A: It totally varies on how many classes I'm teaching and the time of year. I find it gets tight in January and when I am approaching my summer break, but usually can get people in within a three month period.
Q: Can I audit the master class?
A: I encourage it! You won't work one-on-one, but it's free and I guarantee you'll walk away with something useful—including the information you need to see if my master class environment is a good fit for your audition goals.
Q: Can I stay in your master class for a long time?
A: That depends on what you consider "long". I think it is important to study with different folks for a varied approach to the work so I do encourage people to explore other options at some point to keep it fresh for everyone involved.
Q: Can I come late or leave early for class?
A: Yes. I prefer that it not be a weekly occurrence out of respect for your peers, but if you a valid reason or need, I'm not one to complicate your life. If you are late or not attending class, an email or text is necessary so that I can manage the class time appropriately.
Q: Why don't you offer make-up classes?
A: My costs are fixed regardless of attendance. I hire Broadway-level audition accompanists and pay for AEA approved studio space so that a set number of people can work every week. If I stockpiled a list of people that could (and would) skip a class knowing that they could attend a makeup session at their leisure, I would have an endless list of additional costs for more studio time and more accompanist time. I would end up paying you for the missed class, which was not my fault in the first place! I have learned through hard experience that my attendance policy keeps everyone aligned with complete integrity.
Q: Why can't I find a substitute for myself in the Musical Theatre Forum or Pop/Rock Workshop?
A: There are no substitutions in those workshops because the requirements are very specific and participants must be invited or approved to participate in the workshops. Also, each week builds on work done previously (class exercises, journal work, homework) and there is no way to integrate a new participant for one night. Lastly, it is unfair to the other participants to alter the supportive group dynamic.
Q: Why do I have to find a substitute for myself in the Advanced Build Your Book master class? Can't you find one for me?
A: I know that life brings surprises, especially in New York! I offer one of the most flexible, yet self-initiated substitute policies in the industry so that you can handle your life responsibly and your class commitment with integrity. Once the class has started, any conflicts that arise are the responsibility of the participant. If you cannot attend class on any given night, you are welcome to replace yourself with another person of your choice. Students are financially responsible for the entire session, so the student and the substitute must handle any reimbursement for missed classes directly. We have a closed Facebook group to help you and I offer up substitutes whenever possible, but again stress that it is your responsibility to fill your slot for any conflicts prior to or during your class such as conflicts arising from things such as booking work, illness, family matters, etc.
ADVANCED BUILD YOUR BOOK or POP/ROCK WORKSHOP
A 50% refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in class and must be made at time of offer. Payment in full is due at start of class. Deposits are made through PayPal and can include credit card, e-check, debit card and PayPal accounts. Balances due may be made via PayPal, check, money order or cash. Any credits or refunds will be made according to the following guidelines: 1.) A cancellation occurring less than one week before the start of class may result in the loss of deposit if a suitable replacement is not available. 2.) Once the class has started, any conflicts that arise are responsibility of the participant. If you cannot attend class on any given night, you may replace yourself with another participant. Students are financially responsible for the entire session, so the student and the substitute must handle any reimbursement for missed classes directly, unless the instructor provides the substitute. Additionally, a private Facebook group is provided to assist all participants seeking a substitute, but this does not guarantee a replacement. We will offer up substitutes whenever possible based on requests from alums, but again stress that it is your responsibility to handle any conflicts.
THE MUSICAL THEATRE FORUM
A deposit of $350 is required to reserve a spot in class. The 2nd payment of $350 is due at the start of class. A 3rd payment of the remaining balance is due at Week Four. Balances due may be made via PayPal, check, money order or cash. Alumni discounts will be applied to the final payment. Deposits are made through PayPal and can include credit card, e-check, debit card and PayPal accounts. Balances due may be made via PayPal, check, money order or cash. Any credits or refunds will be made according to the following guidelines: 1.) A cancellation occurring less than one week before the start of class may result in the loss of deposit if a suitable replacement is not available. Because this is a very exclusive workshop by audition only, refunds or make-ups are not possible once a session has begun.