Last updated: April 18th, 2024

These terms & policies only apply to our Youth Program, for students under the age of 18. Terms must be agreed to by a parent/legal guardian.

Definitions

  • CCBTS – The CCB Training School, run by Telson & Katz GbR
  • Student – Any currently enrolled student
  • Instructor – Official CCBTS staff instructors, as listed on our Instructors page
  • Facilitator – Official CCBTS staff who assist instructors in the facilitation of an event
  • School Directors – Current School administrators: Co-Director Josh Telson and Co-Director Noah Telson
  • Camp – A series of day-long sessions based around a structured curriculum and syllabus. Our camps are typically 5 days long and take place during school vacation periods in Berlin.
  • Course – A series of classes based around a structured curriculum and syllabus. Our courses typically consist of 8 classes over 8 weeks.
  • Class – An individual part of a course or camp. Our camp classes are typically 5 hours long with a 1 hour lunch break. Our course classes are typically 1 hour long.
  • Workshop – A one-off focused session on a particular style, format or discipline.
  • Event – Any course, camp or workshop facilitated by CCBTS

Enrollment Policies

All parents/guardians wishing to enroll their children in courses at The CCB Training School (“CCBTS”) must agree to the following enrollment policies.

  • By registering for a course, you acknowledge having read and agreed to these policies in full.
  • Students will abide by the Student and Teacher Code of Conduct (please click through to read) and any specific restrictions/regulations listed on event registration pages.
  • Course tuition must be paid in full in order to guarantee registration & a spot in an event.

Liability

Students participate in events at their own risk. If a student feels unwell or injures themselves during an event, they are required to inform their instructor immediately.

CCBTS assumes no liability for accidents and/or damage or loss of property of participants, unless CCBTS has caused the accident through negligent breach of duty or intentional damage. In this case, CCBTS carries liability insurance. There is no insurance against accidents or against damage to or loss of property brought onto CCBTS premises.

It is recommended that you take out personal liability insurance and your own accident insurance.

For events that do not take place at Comedy Café Berlin, different liability provisions may apply.

Permission of guardianship/Erziehungsbeauftragung

For all events taking place at Comedy Café Berlin and select other venues, we require parents/guardians to fill out an Erziehungsbeauftragung (permission of guardianship) that gives the event instructor official guardianship of your child only during the event. This is required as per the Jugendschutzgesetz (youth protection law) for venues that operate as Gaststätte (bars/clubs), as underage youth are only allowed in under supervision of a guardian, even when the venue is closed as a bar/club.

Venue restrictions

Underage students are not permitted behind the bar or in the kitchen area at Comedy Café Berlin.

Event minimums

All events have a minimum registration threshold. If this minimum number of registrations is not reached, CCBTS will do our best to offer alternative registration opportunities to enrolled students, but we can’t guarantee this. If an appropriate alternative is not possible, we will refund registration fees for events cancelled due to low enrollment.

If due to absences or cancellations the number of attending students sinks below an appropriate threshold (as determined by the event instructor) during an event, then it may be necessary to reorganize the event, including potential rescheduling or cancellation. In the case of an event cancellation during an event, registration fees will be refunded on a prorated basis.

Instructors and facilitators

All CCBTS instructors and facilitators are qualified professionals in their field with official police background checks. In the case of illness, instructors and facilitators will be replaced by staff with equal qualifications. It is not possible to request specific instructors or facilitators for a course.

While specific instructors and facilitators are scheduled for each event, CCBTS reserves the right to make staff changes at any time. Staffing changes are not grounds for event cancellation or transfers on the part of students/parents/guardians.

Drop-off and pick-up

Parents/guardians are required to drop-off and pick-up their children, and to do so on time according to communicated schedules (please see additional terms for attendance/tardiness below).

Specific written permission must be given if students will be picked up by anyone other than parents/guardians, or if they may leave on their own.

Attendance/Tardiness

Students must be present for an event by communicated start times. For the safety and security of students, the doors to the venue are locked from the outside 15 minutes after an event starts. Any student arriving late will no longer be able to enter the venue.

Good attendance and punctuality are not only beneficial for individual student progress, but foster a sense of community and team spirit among all students in an event, which we feel is an integral part of learning and performing good improv. Showing up and showing up on time also show us and your fellow students you are committed to learning and performing!

We do not offer ‘make-up’ classes for missed classes (e.g., students may not attend another class at a later date to make up for a missed class).

Cancellations/Refunds/Transfers

We do not offer refunds for any events, excepting cases in which an event must be cancelled (see below). 

We keep our event registration prices low to allow as many students as possible to learn the art & fun of improv. To keep administrative costs down, and generally be fair to all students and would-be students, we do not offer refunds once an event registration has been purchased. Please keep this in mind before registering!

In the case of event cancellation, registered students will be notified via email and will receive a full refund to the original method of payment.

In cases of a suspension due to misconduct, the School Directors will evaluate on a case by case basis whether event registration payments will be refunded and to which degree.

Transferring registration to another course or camp is handled on a case by case basis and at the discretion of the School Directors. Parents/guardians wishing to switch registration for their child may request to do so in writing to [email protected] at least TWO WEEKS before the start of the course or camp for which they have purchased registration. Please keep in mind that requesting a transfer in no way guarantees a transfer is possible. Transferring workshop registration is not possible.

Instructor Communication

If you have any questions or concerns about an event, please direct them to CCBTS administration directly: [email protected]

Parents/guardians and students are prohibited from contacting instructors outside of class, or outside of official CCBTS communication channels, about administrative or enrollment questions (e.g. “can I skip ahead?”, “how do I apply for a scholarship?” etc). We ask that you adhere to this policy out of respect to instructors, who are not compensated for administrative work. Questions or requests regarding a specific event or student can be directed at instructors as below.

Parents/guardians are added to a Google Group for registered events two days before the event starts and may use that platform to direct specific questions, or messages about attendance, to the instructor and other parents.

In some cases, CCBTS administrators may also be instructing an event. In such cases, the above stipulations may be disregarded.

Misconduct

CCB and CCBTS do not tolerate discriminatory behavior, misconduct or harassment of any kind. The following Misconduct Policy applies to all CCBTS staff and students enrolled at CCBTS and further clarifies our Student & Teacher Code of Conduct.

The CCBTS firmly believes that every student has the right to learn improv in an open, safe and respectful environment.

No student of CCBTS should be made to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable due to their race, sexual preference, gender or gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, age, disability, religious beliefs, or identity in any way.

Sensitive and risky subject matter should be treated carefully, creatively and with emotional intelligence, and all content relating to race, sexual preference, gender or gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, age, disability, religious beliefs, or identity should never be done in the spirit of disrespect or mockery.

The trust and support of students and instructors is of utmost importance in scene work. If any student ever feels unsafe, they should feel free to stop the scene and should not be made to feel bad for doing so.

All students should remember that CCBTS is a forum for learning improv and not a dating platform; fellow students are here to learn and perform first and foremost, not to be asked out or hit on.

Any student or member of staff found to be in violation of this misconduct policy will be immediately suspended and, at the discretion of School Directors, prohibited from enrolling in further CCBTS events and/or entering Comedy Café Berlin premises. Comedy Café Berlin and The CCB Training School are private enterprises and as such reserve the right to suspend and prohibit students based on the discretion of CCB management or CCBTS School Directors outside of any policies outlined herein.

CCBTS takes improv and comedy seriously and we believe that all students and instructors should have full freedom of expression as they learn and explore the art of improv; instructors are on hand to gently guide students through this in a responsible and respectful manner, even with creative work that could be seen as ‘blue’ or inappropriate in an ordinary setting. However, students and instructors should not mistake freedom of expression as a means or excuse to say or take any action that could fall under the following areas of misconduct or harassment. There is a difference between material that could, in some cases, be seen as offensive, and material that is designed to deliberately target or harass a particular individual or individuals, or a specific group or identity. Remember that If your humor must attack someone, make it the establishment and not the downtrodden or historically oppressed!

Misconduct

Misconduct is defined as any of the following actions:

  • Actions which endanger the life or safety of another person, intentional or otherwise;
  • Fighting (or provoking of fights), horseplay, or damage to Comedy Café Berlin/CCBTS property, whether negligent or otherwise;
  • Demonstrating a violent propensity through behavior, conduct or threats of such whether on or off CCBTS premises;
  • Unauthorized possession/use of weapons of any kind on Comedy Café Berlin/CCBTS property, premises or places of operation;
  • Engaging in criminal activity or acts of violence or making threats of violence toward anyone on Comedy Café Berlin premises or when representing CCBTS;
  • Threatening or intimidating any staff, employee, instructor, performer or student on or off Comedy Café Berlin/CCBTS premises;
  • Destruction or damage of property, or the property of staff, employees, instructors, performers, students or visitors in any manner, intentional or otherwise;
  • Theft of Comedy Café Berlin/CCBTS property or the property of staff, employees, instructors, performers or students, including the unauthorized removal, possession or duplication of property (such as documents) from the premises without prior permission from School Directors; 
  • Unauthorized use of equipment or property for personal reasons, and/or using Comedy Café Berlin/CCBTS’s equipment for profit;
  • Any use, or attempted use, by staff or instructors of their position and authority for personal gain, whether financial, business, political or otherwise;
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while in a class, a class practice or during a class performance;
  • Any inappropriate communication between a student/parent/guardian and instructor as outlined above under “Instructor Communication”;
  • Any form of retaliation for filing a complaint under this policy or for assisting or participating in an investigation, proceeding or hearing.

Harassment

Harassment is conduct of any kind (verbal, digital, or physical), including written, spoken or visual material that puts down, shows hostility, and/or aversion toward an individual or group because of their race, sexual preference, gender or gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, age, disability, religious beliefs, or identity in any way. 

Harassment can further be defined by any conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or uncomfortable working, educational or performance environment, and/or that negatively affects an individual or group’s educational, performance, or employment opportunities.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: Sexual Harassment, Stalking and Sexual Assault

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as offensive or humiliating behaviour that is related to a person’s sex, gender or gender-identity, or behaviour of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, unwelcome, hostile or offensive educational, performance, or work environment,  or that could reasonably be thought to put sexual conditions on a person’s performance or employment opportunities.

Stalking

Stalking is defined as conduct of any kind (verbal, digital, or physical) directed at an individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking involves repeated harassment made against the expressed wishes of another individual, which causes that individual to feel emotional distress of any kind, including, without limitation, fear and apprehension.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is defined as any non-consensual, intentional physical contact of a sexual nature, such as, but not limited to, unwanted physical contact with a person’s genitals, buttocks, or breasts. Sexual assault occurs when the act is committed by: a) physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, implied or otherwise; b) ignoring the objections of another person; c) causing another’s intoxication or impairment through the use of alcohol or other drugs; and/or d) taking advantage of another person’s incapacitation, helplessness, or other inability to consent.

Examples of Misconduct

In an effort to make our misconduct policy as clear as possible, the following is a non-exhaustive and non-exclusive list of examples of misconduct.

Examples of General Misconduct:

  • Using an actual weapon in scene work (ie, pulling out an actual knife in a scene);
  • Throwing actual props (ie, a chair) without warning or consent;
  • An instructor requiring students to volunteer or participate on projects outside of the School as an expressed or implied condition of their education;
  • A student or instructor pursuing a romantic relationship with another student or instructor.

Examples of Harassment:

  • Repeated, deliberate reference to a performer’s actual race regardless of the race of their character;
  • Referencing actual or implied specific staff, instructors, or students (non-public figures) in a derogatory or insulting manner during a performance;
  • Getting in, or attempting to get in, the vehicle or taxi of staff, an instructor or another student;
  • Derogatory remarks about a person based on their identity in any way (ie, remarks about a person’s gender or gender identity, remarks about a person’s sexual orientation, remarks about a person’s ethnicity perceived or otherwise, etc.);
  • Retaliation for filing of a formal complaint, or for participating in the investigation of a complaint in any way.

Examples of Sexual Harassment:

  • Pressure for a date or a romantic or intimate relationship;
  • Offensive or unnecessary and unwanted references to parts of the body;
  • Obscene gestures of a sexual or gender-based nature;
  • Unwanted touching, kissing, hugging, or massaging.

Examples of Stalking:

  • Following someone else home from class, practice, or a show;
  • Surveillance or other types of observation, including invasion of digital privacy or videotaping or photographing an individual without their expressed consent;
  • Unwanted communication or contact – including face-to-face, telephone calls, voice messages, electronic messages, text messages, written letters, social media messages, etc.;
  • Sending unwanted gifts (ie, flowers);
  • Trespassing, property damage;

Examples of Sexual Assault:

  • Non-consensual, intentional physical contact of a sexual nature;
  • Sexual contact of any kind when the other person is unable to consent, due to intoxication or otherwise.

Complaints & Reporting Misconduct

All complaints and concerns are taken seriously by CCBTS. 

All staff instructors and administrators are obliged to act on any report of misconduct or harassment, or to report any acts of misconduct or harassment they have witnessed.

Reports should be specific, as detailed as possible and truthful. Reports should include specific charges, details of the incident or incidents, names of the individuals involved, the names of any witnesses and any other evidence in support of the complaint.

In any case where there is a reasonable suspicion or evidence that criminal actions may have occurred or are occurring, in addition to the reporting process described herein, School Directors, staff, and Community Liaisons (outlined below), may be obligated to report such actions to law enforcement authorities and to forward all applicable evidence to such law enforcement authority with respect to such actions.

If you have a complaint, concern, or would like to report incidents of misconduct or harassment about a fellow improviser, comedian, instructor, audience member, or member of staff we encourage you to contact School Directors or our Community Liaisons as outlined here:

Anonymous Complaints & Reporting

CCBTS will investigate and address complaints and incidents of misconduct reported anonymously, but please be aware that CCBTS may be unable to investigate or address these reports fully due to their anonymous nature.

CCBTS encourages all students and teachers to feel comfortable reporting any issues directly.

3rd Party Reporting

CCBTS will investigate and address complaints and incidents of misconduct reported by a 3rd party, but please be aware that CCBTS may be limited in its ability to investigate or act on these reports.

Community Liaisons

To make reporting complaints or misconduct as comfortable for students as possible, in addition to School Directors, we have engaged with members of our community to act as Liaisons. Liaisons may be a point of first contact to report any complaints, concerns, or incidents of misconduct and will act as representatives of CCBTS in that capacity. Liaisons will treat all reports confidentially and act in the reporting students’ best interest, but please be aware that investigations and actions addressing incidents of misconduct may necessarily involve School Directors. As described above, Liaisons may additionally be required to report incidents to law enforcement.

Points of contact for complaints & reporting

CCBTS Administration:

Community Liaisons:

  • Antonia Bär, instructor, co-host of The Hedge and It’s That Time of the Month (native German speaker): [email protected]
  • Nicole Ratjen, instructor, member of It’s That Time of the Month and GLB, (native German speaker): [email protected]