Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about the DG Institute classes
Acceptance Into Classes
Because our goal is to provide a rigorous education to a small group of dramatists in each class, acceptance into any of the classes of the Institute will be competitive and contingent on three criteria: (1) a completed application, (2) the creative material submitted, and if warranted, (3) a successful interview (either in person or video conferencing) with the Institute’s Director. Because of the volume of applicants, feedback on any of these three criteria isn’t possible. You will be notified of your invitation to join a class in a very reasonable amount of time.
If you are not invited to join a class you’ve applied for, we hope you’ll consider applying again in the following semester of classes. You will be required to reapply.
The number of dramatists in each class will be limited to ensure that each participant will have a meaningful experience and feel that they, as writers and students, have been attended to. To that end, class sizes will follow these rules:
Large lecture/discussion class (such as The Architecture of Plays or The Artist as CEO): Maximum 30 students.
Writing Workshops: Maximum 12 students.
Masterclasses: depending on the course content and if writing is involved, between 8-15 students.
Specialty Writing Workshops: Maximum 12 students.
On-Line Courses: depending on the course content and if writing is involved, between 12-15 students.
As the Institute grows and more advanced writing classes are offered, you will have to accomplish certain pre-requisites before applying to a more advanced class. Those prerequisites will be detailed per class per semester.
We will make every effort to group dramatists in the Institute with other dramatists similar in skill level. That said, dramatists from a variety of backgrounds will be in class and so we must all work to be inclusive, communicative and welcoming. Each instructor or visiting artist will set the rules for engagement (how to ask questions, when to ask questions, how and when to offer responses to creative work, etc.) We ask that all participants in an Institute class be on time, disengage from their electronic media and remain for the entire class period.
Payment & Refund Policy
We’ll make every effort to ensure you have the highest quality experience while taking a course in the Institute. Because it is competitive to attend, and class size is limited, once you’ve been admitted to the class, you will have until the enrollment deadline announced for that semester to accept and pay your fee in full by cash, check or credit card. After you’ve paid your fee, there is no refund. Therefore, before you register and interview for a slot in the class, please check your calendar to make sure you are free and clear to work in the Institute. There are no credits or refunds for any class missed during the duration of the class.
Once a class is fully enrolled, a Wait-List will be established to replace those writers who withdraw at the last moment. The Wait-List will be held in place through the second meeting of the class.
We will draw from the country’s leading dramatists, business people and educators to teach classes in the Institute. A full biography will always accompany the class they’re teaching. As you can imagine, despite everyone’s best intentions to engage, instructors are subject to change because of professional and personal reasons. We will notify you of any change as quickly as we learn of it.
Because we’re interested in developing the curriculum in ways that serve our members, each dramatist in any Institute class will be asked to complete a course evaluation at the conclusion of the course. These evaluations will be completely confidential and anonymous.
Unfortunately, at this time opportunities for financial aid are not available.
Recording Online Courses
Since our courses often involve the sharing of work, feedback, and involved discussions, we aim to create a safe space for all students to feel encouraged to participate as freely and confidently as possible. In addition to potential conflicts with copyrighted materials and intellectual property (e.g., shared work), this means that we are not able to record any online courses held at the DGI. Please contact your instructor in advance of your planned absence to coordinate a sufficient make-up strategy.