Studio Policies


Best friends Renee DeWeese & Rena Wilson joined forces in 2011 to create Lamorinda Theatre Academy. Renee & Rena have been working with children and building arts programs throughout the Bay Area for over a decade. Now together they have created an Academy that encompasses all that they have learned over the years to bring the Lamorinda community a professional, technique based performing arts program.


Rena & Renee believe in the importance of arts education. Both are accomplished artists themselves who value their education and experiences in the arts. Our mission is to cultivate confident individuals through technique-based training in singing, dancing & acting. Along with technical skills, a major aspect of their programing is to teach students about the history of their craft and expose them to the local arts community. All of our instructors are finger printed and submit to background checks, have been notified and educated about mandatory reporting laws and responsibilities, are offered CPR and first aid training and certification through LTA, and attend LTA instructor retreats where they are trained to uphold specific standards of teaching.

Our instructors are trained to obtain the following standards in every class and program

1. Safety & Security                   4. Discipline
2. Encouragement
                    5. Organization & Preparation
3. Individual Attention             
6. Technique, respect, and history of the craft


Studio classes are offered in three sessions annually: FALL (Sept. - Dec.), WINTER/SPRING (Jan. – May) and SUMMER (June – Aug.). Tuition is based on the number of classes per session. Entire session must be paid in full at the time of registration. No refunds given. Tuition will not be refunded for missed lessons for any reason. If you join a class during the open enrollment period, the session tuition will be prorated.


A deposit is required to hold your student's place in the program. Tuition is due in full by the first class. Deposits are non-refundable.


Tuition payments can be made by check or credit card (VISA, Master Card or Discover, we do not accept AMEX).  Checks can be made out to Lamorinda Theatre Academy. Account statements will not be sent out unless your account is overdue. There is a $20.00 processing fee for all past due accounts. After the 10th of the month a $10.00 late fee will be added to your account and a past due invoice will be mailed to you. There is a $30.00 charge on all returned checks. If your account falls behind more than 2 months, you will be asked to pay your balance or your child’s enrollment may be canceled. In order to secure your child’s place in the class, payment must be current. Special Program tuition must be made in FULL on or before the first class in order for your student to participate.


A registration fee of $15.00 per new student ($25 per new family) is required to reserve your space in a class or program (This fee is nontransferable and nonrefundable). Class and program availability is on a first come basis. Registration is not complete until the registration fee is paid along with all proper forms signed. If there is a break in your enrollment, you may be required to pay a $10 ($20/family) re-registration fee when you return.


All clients have an online customer portal to store enrollment history, student information, billing, and emergency contact information. Please make sure all this information is up to date.

 To log onto your customer portal follow these simple steps:

Click the LOGIN in the upper right corner of the homepage Your username is the email address we have on file. If it is your first time using the portal click I don’t have or don’t know my password and one will be emailed to you. Medical and Emergency information can be added under the STUDENT tab on your portal.


We encourage parents to be involved in their students training.  Parents will be invited to watch the final class each semester to see the skills students have learned.  Parents are welcome to watch at the window as long as it is not distracting to the teacher, student, or other students in the classroom. 


Private instructors are in charge of their own scheduling, cancellation, and payment policies.  All payments for private lessons must be made directly to the private instructor. 


Hair must be secured back off the face. Proper shoes & attire must be worn to all classes. 


Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class. It is important that your child attends class every week. Attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back and disrupt an entire class.


In December we offer a Parent Observation Week for parent’s to come and observe class and students will demonstrate skills they have learned and present an informal performance of their work. In the spring we hold a studio recital for all classes to perform together.


1. Students must wait inside the building to be picked up.
2. No student is permitted to leave the building without an adult.
3. All students must use the restroom before they begin class.
4. Please try to keep the lobby as quiet and clean as possible.

5. Students must use the cubbies and lockers for their belongings, please do not set them on the lobby chairs.
6. Please do not interrupt the teacher while the class is in session. If you need to speak to the teacher, please do so before or after the class. If necessary, you may make an appointment.


1. No food or drinks of any kind are permitted in the studio. Students are not permitted to chew gum.
2. Dance shoes are not to be worn outside for any reason. They are to be worn inside only.
3. All students must be in proper dress code while attending class. Appropriate shoes & clothing must also be worn to all classes.

4. Hair must be secured off of the face.
5. Please make sure you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to class.
6. Children should not touch the mirrors or the viewing windows.
7. Absolutely no running in the studio.

8. Students must respect their teachers and fellow students at all times.


When you register online you agree to our Behavior Policy. If a student violates the behavior policy they will be removed from the class without a refund. If your child has any special needs or learning challenges, please communicate with us. We want every student to thrive and feel safe in our programs & classes.


Summer Break (1 week)

Labor Day

Columbus Day


Thanksgiving (1 week)

Christmas (2 weeks)

New Years Day


Presidents Day Weekend

Spring Break (1 week)

Memorial Day Weekend

4th of July

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