Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question about EYT? The answer is probably in here!
ABOUT SIGNING UP
CAN MY CHILD TRY A COUPLE OF CLASSES FOR FREE?
Of course! We always allow at least 2 weeks of free classes for those who aren't yet certain if they want to commit to a full year. If after those two weeks you want to sign up, excellent! If not, it's no problem!
DO I NEED TO BE A NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER TO JOIN EYT?
No! Any child can join EYT, although it certainly helps to have a reasonable level of English when you begin. This being said, about half of our students are not native speakers, and come from all over the globe. Many students have joined us speaking a relatively low level of English, and coupled with separate English classes, have managed to leave us with a fluent level of English a few years later. EYT is not a language school, but it can be an excellent place to practice your English as you learn.
HOW MUCH DO CLASSES COST?
Classes at EYT cost 525 euros per year at Uccle and Woluwe, and 550 euros at our EU Quarter location (because premises are more expensive.) The fees are paid in two instalments: first half in October, second half in February. On top of this, there will be a small production levy of 50 euros in September (which helps pay for theatre hire and costume costs) and the exam fee for LAMDA exams in February (between 50 and 110 euros, depending on the grade of the exam).
ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE CHILDREN?
Yes! If you already have one child signed up, the next child gets 25% off their fees. Any subsequent child gets 50% of their fees.
ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS AVAILABLE?
Yes! We always have a number of places available for a lower price for children of parents receiving unemployment benefits or CPAS support. We also have some free places available for children who come from very difficult backgrounds.
WHAT ROLES WILL I GET?
At EYT, we try very hard to be fair with our students. Not everyone is born with Marlon Brando levels of natural talent, but everyone can work hard (and hard work beats talent any day.)
Each age group performs their own show, so Juniors do not get relegated to the role of trees and background characters. They all get a chance at a lead role at some point during their time with us.
So, although you may not get the lead role in your first year, there will always be a chance to get the roles you deserve, and no one has to play the Pantomime horse two years in a row.
CAN I MISS THE OCCASIONAL SESSION?
Short answer: yes, if you have a good reason.
Long answer? Theatre is a collaborative effort. Much like in a football team, if all the parts aren't there, it can't function properly. When you work as a team, you do what you can to be there, and to be reliable. So while of course it's okay to miss a class if you're sick, or if you have an engagement that you cannot get out of, you should always do what you can to honor the commitment you make to the team.
WHY TAKE LAMDA EXAMS?
We believe that taking LAMDA exams is a great experience: it helps to improve the students' acting skills, build their confidence in themselves, and build up their knowledge of English literature and theatre.
Any parent will know the fear of standing behind a door waiting for a job interview, knowing that in a moment they will have to present themselves to a complete stranger: these exams help students to learn that skill from an early age, and is therefore valuable in any walk of life.
DO LAMDA EXAMS COME WITH UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION?
Yes! At Grades 6, 7 and 8, all solo and duo LAMDA exams come with UCAS Points (points for UK university entry). A Grade 6 Exam gives you a maximum of 12 UCAS points, Grade 7 gives up to 16 and Grade 8 can get you a whopping 30 points! (almost equivalent to a C-grade A-Level, or 1/3 to 1/4 of your total UCAS requirement for most UK universities.)
In some cases, a Grade 8 LAMDA qualification can mean the difference between getting into your first choice university and having to settle for another option. One of our students was able to get into university after unexpectedly crashing out in his final exams, in large part thanks to his LAMDA qualifications!
ARE LAMDA EXAMS MANDATORY FOR EYT STUDENTS?
No, although we certainly do encourage all students to take them.
WHO GETS TO REPRESENT EYT AT THE FEATS FESTIVAL?
Only EYT Senior groups get to go to the FEATS Festival, since this is a festival that is usually meant for adult groups and the standard of drama is very high. Sometimes EYT takes a production it was already working on with one of its Senior groups, and sometimes a new piece is prepared specially for the festival.
DOES EYT GO TO FEATS EVERY YEAR?
No. 12 groups go to every FEATS festival, and a pool of more than 30 groups are eligible for participation. This means that on average, EYT gets to participate in FEATS once every 3 years.
HOW MANY TIMES HAS EYT PARTICIPATED IN FEATS?
We have participated 9 times in FEATS since our first appearance in 2004. In our nine appearances, we have amassed a total of 5 awards and 7 nominations (including 4 nominations for Best Actor / Best Actress). In order, the shows were:
A Slackers' Guide To Western Theatre, by Stephen Challens (2004, Antwerp)
Directed by Lynne Vaughan
Winner of Best Original Script Award and Adjudicator's Discretionary Award
Gum & Goo, by Howard Brenton (2005, Hamburg)
Directed by Lynne Vaughan
Winner of 3rd Place Award, Adjudicator's Discretionary Award, Sian Docksey nominated for Best Actress, Patrick Griffin nominated for Best Actor
Roy, by Stephen Challens (2006, Luxembourg)
Directed by Stephen Challens
Winner of Adjudicator's Discretionary Award
Runaways, by Stephen Challens (2008, Stockholm)
Directed by Stephen Challens
The Education of Skinny Spew, by Howard Brenton (2009, Brussels)
Directed by Chris Reidy
Edward Prescott nominated for Best Actor
Gargantua, by Carl Grose (2012, Antwerp)
Directed by Glenn Vaughan
Bassett, by James Graham (2013, The Hague)
Directed by Jake Vaughan
Nominated for Adjudicator's Discretionary Award
Remote, by Stef Smith (2016, Brussels)
Directed by Lynne Vaughan and Jake Vaughan
Alicia Desmedt and Ewan Craig shortlisted for Best Actress and Best Actor
4.48 Psychosis, by Sarah Kane (2018, Antwerp)
Directed by Jake Vaughan and Colleen Cameron
Alicia Desmedt nominated for Best Actress
WHAT DO EYT STUDENTS GO ON TO DO LATER?
Our students go on to do a multitude of jobs when they grow up! We of course have several professional actors and directors among our alumni, including Felix Trench, who plays the lead role in the incredibly popular and award-winning Wooden Overcoats podcast, Colleen Cameron, who recently performed her one-woman-show Bottled Up on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Andrew Cazanave-Pin, who was recently in the latest Mission Impossible Film, and is now working as an actor in Glasgow.
There is also Rebecca Payne White, who worked for the BBC for several years as a producer, Chris Reidy, who was a sound specialist for multiple British production companies, and Sian Docksey, who has gone on to be an up-and-coming stand-up comedienne on the UK comedy scene.
Outside of the media industry, we have several PhD holders, including Dr. Marchella Ward, who is now a professor of Classics at Oxford University, Dr. David Kanter, now working as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University, and Dr. Laura Blomvall, who completed a PhD in Modern Literature at Cambridge University, and has had her research published in multiple academic journals.
So what do EYT students do after they finish? Well, the answer is: lots of things. The tools that we give them here are not only useful in the arts. We regularly keep in touch with our former students, and they all say that their time at EYT helped them build their confidence, taught them valuable communication skills, and provided them with a groups of friends for life!