CSz Education FAQs

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What’s expected of me?
Our introductory adult class,  CSz 101, is fairly laid back, as maintaining a spirit of playfulness is central to what we do.

We ask that you show up on time and ready for an evening of focused play. “Play” means that you are encouraged to shake off the baggage of the daily grind before walking in. Everyone wants to have a good time. “Focused” means turning your cell phone off, participating cheerfully with your classmates, and accepting the feedback of your instructor.

What should I wear?
We realize that many people come straight from work, and its not always practical to completely change outfits before class begins. If possible, we ask that you wear clothes you can move around in and that you can get dirty. Improv is a physical art. If you have the impulse to crawl across the ground in your scene, we don’t want your clothes to stop you.

Shoes, however, are very important. You should wear a sneaker or something equally comfortable and safe. Heels, open toed shoes, sandals, are all not recommended as getting your foot stepped on is an occupational hazard of some of our more physical games.

Can I bring food or drink?
No food should be eaten during class except when a medical necessity (blood sugar, pregnancy, etc.) So, if you are trying to cram in something quick between work and class, please be finished prior to your class’s start time.

As for a beverage, YES. We actually encourage you to bring bottled water to class to keep you hydrated. However, any non-alcoholic beverage is welcomed. Just be careful on our floors!

What’s the refund policy?
CSz Education classes are non-refundable from time of purchase. However students with special circumstances may request a deferral which would allow them to postpone their entry into classes until the following term. Students who continue to defer their class credit past one year from date of original purchase lose all claim to the credit and must pay tuition again to begin classes. Likewise, students may only defer once. Therefore, if a student signs up for a class and then defers to a class in a later term, deferring from that class will not be possible. The student would have to discontinue.

  • Discontinuing Class: Any student failing to attend class without notifying the Education Director of an intention to defer, waives their tuition and is not entitled to a refund. Likewise, after the day of the second class session no deferral is allowed, and failure to continue with class is a discontinuance regardless of notification.

  • Ejection from Class: Though it has never been necessary, CSz Education reserves the right to remove someone from our program for disciplinary reasons. These include but are not limited to: sexual harassment or otherwise inappropriate treatment of a student, teacher, or other person, any violence or other acts of aggression or intimidation, as well as any other behavior that is judged by the instructor and the Education Director to be detrimental to the class experience. Detrimental behavior includes but is not limited to: attending class while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, bullying, or pervasive negativity or resistance to the material. Students ejected from class are not entitled to a refund, and ejection in no way prevents CSz Chicago or other students in class from further legal action should the situation warrant.

What’s the structure of the CSz Education Program?
CSz Education offers a complete, four level program designed to take someone from right out of our group of loyal fans to having a thorough foundation in game-based improvisation. These four levels (101-404) run year-round.

The Adult Program is designed to be taken sequentially, with latter classes building on the skills developed in the former. In addition to the Adult Program classes, CSz Education periodically offers Workshops. Each Workshop is different. Some require a substantial background in improvisation, some do not. When a Workshop is offered, eligibility will be included in the class description.

We also offer a year-round Professional School for students showing interest in performing at CSz Theater Chicago in our House Program or with our Ensemble.