California Community Theatre - Member Theatre Innovative Activities During COVID-19
May 13, 2020
See results below from California Community Theatre members about innovative activities or practices your theatre is taking on during the temporary closures of gatherings (ie: theatre) during COVID-19.
During the ceasing of gatherings due to COVID-19, what innovative activities, practices or tasks is your community theatre participating in?
"We...have been collaborating with other local arts organizations...to survey our audiences and better understand under what circumstances they would return to live events."
This pandemic has caused us to be creative with our annual monologue slam. So we made it a cyber monologue slam. Which means all actors or people interested to submit from anywhere, can. (see below for details and link)
We have created a FB page where theatre alumni perform a role or song that they played in a one of our productions, (or they can do a song or performance from another show that we haven't done...) It allows them to keep performing and reminds our audiences that we are still here, just delayed in productions. We are also offering online classes to our students in our School of Dramatic Arts.
Looking into online play readings. Rights are tricky, and slow to obtain.
Online dramatic arts classes for students.
We are considering a few online events like comedy monologues which could be presented live or recorded. We are considering a prize. Another considered is a reading online. Perhaps just scenes, monologues or shorts. Unfortunately many uses at our theatre require a few people within too close proximity.
We're reexamining, adjusting, working on how to do streaming. We've not done anything more than talking yet. Not everyone is fully on board, with so much to learn. There is some hope that we could eventually re-open, though not everyone agrees that is actually possible, or how to manage the logistics of that. It is complicated and our demographics make it imperative that we do this well, whatever it is we do.
"We are considering a few online events like comedy monologues which could be presented live or recorded. We are considering a prize."
Offering online/virtual workshops and participatory play read-throughs; currently planning a cabaret fundraiser (with individual performances streamed virtually) and staged reading.
We conducted a NO SHOW fundraiser by social media and email at zero cost, which raised over $15,000 and gave our creative volunteers a way to really be helpful. You can see the details of that campaign on our Facebook page. We also have been collaborating with other local arts organizations, who are part of the Humboldt Creative Alliance, to survey our audiences and better understand under what circumstances they would return to live events.
Email and social media.
Hanford Multicultural Theater Company's Monologue Slam
If you are streaming your performances online, what platform are you using? Please specify if you are live streaming or streaming previously-recorded productions.
We are using Zoom for meetings, no productions will be going up online.
Conejo Players' Free Workshop Series
Thank you to the theatres who contributed to this survey, and for sharing inspirational and innovative ideas.