Theatre is about human connection … that once in a lifetime moment of exchange between actor and audience. Simply, that’s what makes the COVID-19 pandemic so very difficult, particularly for our industry, because it has deprived that exchange which inspires our work and stirs our beings. SETC wishes everyone across the industry the very best of luck during this unprecedented, challenging time. We are standing by to do all that we can to support recovery. In the meantime, as we hold our breath and wait for the storm to pass, we have put together a list of suggestions and resources to help. We welcome all to share your ideas.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Time: 2:00 PM EST AACT is teaming up Hytropy Reverse Disaster to provide a COVID-19 Recovery Webinar for Community Theatres.
Ways you can help our local theatres
- Send a word of support! Write an email, text a friend, leave a glowing review on their facebook pages.
- Catch up with their events and get in the know when their next performances are. Mark your calendar so you are ready to attend when health concerns are alleviated.
- Performance cancelled? Consider not asking for a refund, but instead letting them keep the income, or if refunds are automatic, turn the refund amount into a donation.
- Buy a gift card! You will definitely use it in the future, and you will help reduce the current and future impact of these dark days.
General/Other Resource Lists
Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center and their Corona Virus Impact Study Survey, They will also hold a webinar March 31 at 3pm EST
BeatByBeat Press – Distance Teaching Resources – Bonus: They are currently working on the world’s first children’s musical specifically written to be rehearsed and performed remotely.
#GreenQuarentine – A series of webinars with Broadway Green
The Consortium – Facebook group working on collaborative approaches for online teaching in the theatrical discipline.
Theatre Education Distance Learning (Resource Sharing and Support Network) – Facebook group intended to serve as a resource and support network for theatre educators transitioning to distance learning.
Online Acting Teaching Group – A forum for discussion of best approaches to online teaching of acting, voice, and movement.
Technical Theater Educators – Dedicated to the teaching of technical theater (at all levels) as a course of study and a set of invaluable life skills. Lots of discussion about the current state of tech education during the pandemic.
AACT – Community Theatre focused COVID response groups
Women’s Theatre Festival – Virtual Play Reading Book Club
Professor and Teaching Resources
Light Labs & Education Tools – All browser-based. No installation, ready to use.
Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19 from Howlround.com
Help, I am teaching Theatre online! Ten things you should do when teaching Theatre online.
Virtual Classroom Scripts – allow teachers to quickly and easily get scripts in the hands of students. Immediately after purchase, a standard PDF script is emailed to the purchaser, which can then be distributed to students. In a matter of minutes, you and your students will have scripts at your disposal.
Broadway Dreams – Daily Free Arts Training. Check the provided link for a daily programming announcement, published at 10:55 AM ET.
Web Based CAD Design Software – No Download Needed!
- StageManagers.org Public Access Webinars/Videos
- Broadway HD – the Netflix of theatre performances
- Filmed on Stage – Repository of recorded performances
- Digital Theatre – For individuals and for educational institutions
- Great Performances – by PBS
- List of Streaming Productions via Playbill
- Kennedy Center Digital Stage Archive
- The Farm Theatre Presents Bullpen Sessions – Featuring live recordings from the 2020 SETC Annual Convention
- The American Playbook
- Playing On Air
- On Tap Pod – A theatre & performance studies podcast
- The Ensemblist – With special episodes about the impact of the virus
Academe’s Coronavirus Shock Doctrine – Faculty are already stretched thin, and now they are being asked to do more. They should hesitate before doing so.
Broadway is Closed. Write Poems Instead – NY Times
Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States – Americans for the Arts
CERF+ Emergency Funding – CERF+ emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment.
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation – The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant – Created in 1993 to further FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists
Authors League Fund – helps professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.
Actors Fund of America – assists those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus.
Dancers’ Resource – Support includes counseling, healthcare referrals, educational seminars, emergency financial assistance, and more.
Dramatists Guild Fund – awards one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship.
Episcopal Actors Guild of America – Theatre performers who perform live onstage before a live audience are the primary focus of the program.
Renaissance Entertainers, Services, and Crafters United Foundation (RESCU) – established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Fairs, historical performances and other artistic events through several programs including financial assistance and counseling for emergency medical needs.
TheatreWashington Taking Care of Our Own – Washington, DC – assist currently active Washington, DC area theatre professionals and artists in personal emergency situations.
Writers’ Emergency Fund – The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis.