Frequently Asked Questions
I’m an experienced, professional actor — is there anything at the Expo for me?
Yes! While there are exhibits and seminars for beginning actors, we have specifically designed seminars with the professional, experienced actor in mind. Please see our schedule for the day and note all of our “professional track” seminars.
Do I have to buy two tickets if I’m accompanying my child to the Expo?
One parent may attend the Expo free if chaperoning your child. Simply purchase one ticket per child, and check-in with your child at the registration table the morning of the Expo.
I have a group of theater students who would like to attend the Expo. Do you offer group discounts?
If you would like to organize a student group to attend the Expo, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about student group discounts. (Theater instructors are invited to attend free! Please email in advance to be placed on the guest list.)
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Yes, there will be tickets available at the door for $60. (You’ll save $10 per ticket by ordering in advance via the link on the website.) You may arrive any time throughout the day; however, we encourage you to take advantage of the entire day filled with opportunities!
What if I lose my ticket?
Bring a photo ID to the Expo. We will have a master list from our ticket vendor. If you registered and paid online, we will have your name on the master list. Simply report to the registration table with your photo ID and you’ll be able to attend, no problem.
I bought a ticket to the Expo, but now I can’t make it? Can I get a refund?
Sorry, no. We have neither an administrative staff nor accounting office to handle refunds. Please try to give or sell your ticket to another actor.
What if I cannot attend the full day? I’m a working stage actor with an afternoon matinee performance. May I attend in the morning for a reduced price?
You are welcome to attend for a full day or any part of the day. The ticket price is the same. (Exceptions are made for working stage actors who must leave early for an afternoon matinee. Please email email@example.com with your theater name and show for reduced ticket pricing.) Our registration table will be staffed all day – you may arrive and check-in any time. If you need to leave the Expo for part of the day, you may return later on. Simply check-in at the registration table and show your photo ID for re-entry.
How early can I arrive at the Expo?
The Expo doors open at 8:30am. Only our vendors and VIP guests will be allowed entry before that time. Please don’t arrive before 8:30am, we have no space inside for you to wait!
Do I have to pay for parking?
Parking is free! Downtown Hopkins offers several free parking options. There is a public ramp just south of the corner of 11th and Main Street — ½ block from the Hopkins Center. Parking will be free all day in this ramp. (Please park in the upper level – Hopkins Center asks that we allow space for local shoppers to park on the first level.) There is also limited free on street parking. (Read the signs carefully.)
What do I get for the $50 ticket? ($60 at the door)
We want the Expo to be affordable! The Twin Cities Film Fest (the Expo parent organization) is a non-profit. Your ticket price helps to cover our costs for the Expo venue and logistics – and to support other great Twin Cities Film Fest programming and events throughout the year. Your $50 ticket price includes full day entry to our exhibit area, all seminars and auditions. We’re well aware that you may have other expenses during the day: food, beverages and items available for purchase from some of our exhibitors. Thus, we’ve established an affordable admission price. (Similar events in other areas of the country cost $100 or more!)
Who will be speaking at the seminars and panel discussions?
Local casting directors, agents, stage directors, professional actors and other established industry professionals will lead our discussions and seminars. Please see the list of presenters along with their impressive bios on the website!
Will food / beverages / lunch be available at the Expo?
Yes! Coffee, water, soda and light snacks will be available for purchase throughout the day. Lunch will be available for purchase in the lobby and at nearby Hopkins restaurants. A cash bar will be available from 5:30 – 7:30pm. (Valid photo ID will be required.) Cash will likely be required to purchase food from any of our vendors. Please plan accordingly.
I’m interested in renting an exhibitor table at the Expo… where do I get more information?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Why don’t you allow children under 10 years of age?
This is a professional, business event. Though we offer seminars about the business as it pertains to children, we do not provide activities and supervision for children. The seminars are designed for an adult, professional audience. As a courtesy to our other attendees, we have decided to allow only age 10 and up – and all minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. While we will not be checking for age verification, we do ask that you use your best judgment. If your child will be bored or unable to sit quietly during hour-long business discussions and seminars, please consider attending without your children. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Why does my teenager need to be accompanied by a responsible adult?
This is a professional, business event. We cannot be responsible for minors. We expect any attendees 17 or younger to be supervised by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Is my child welcome to attend the evening Improv show?
Improvisational comedy is a spontaneous art. There will likely be adult language and subject matter. We will not censor our improvisation artists. We ask that you use your best judgment before purchasing a ticket for your child.
I’ve read your entire website, and I still have a question!
Send us an email: email@example.com. Please be patient. Our organizing committee will answer your questions as quickly as possible.