Connecting Community WITH Creativity and Care
Communication is merely an exchange of information, but connection is an exchange of our humanity.
Helping people to stay connected while working to keep our community safe has greatly influenced our choices as we make plans for learning at the Academy of Theatre Arts. As we navigated summer and fall classes, we learned much about how to build communities in virtual settings and how to promote safety protocols for in-person learning.
We all share a tremendous desire for human connection; theatre is simply more fun together! At the same time, we are making appropriate changes to our environment and or program to minimize the risk of spreading the virus: it is our responsibility to provide a safe place for our students to learn and grow. As theatre people do; we dug deep, researched, explored our options and crafted a plan! In-person learning options have increased for winter and we pledge to continue following the advice of our local health department and others to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Some things we are doing to take care of our students and our staff include:
- Reduced class sizes.
- Teachers and students must wear masks in public areas and rehearsal rooms. Extra masks will be available if needed.
- Teachers and students must maintain a physical distance of 6 whenever possible. For your convenience, our classrooms will have this spacing marked on the floors.
- When 6 of distancing is not possible, we will follow the same recommendations designed for schools and team sports.
- Teachers and students must complete a daily health questionnaire before entering the building.
- Anyone feeling sick or running a fever will be sent home.
- Basic hand washing and hand sanitizing practices will be encouraged throughout the day.
- Areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.
- Classes will be assigned entrance doors and pathways to reduce contact with other groups.
- Most classes are prepared to move to a virtual format within 3 hours notice. If the class cannot effectively be taught virtually, we will work with participants to reschedule or refund the class fees.
It has been difficult to navigate these uncertain times, and the Academy of Theatre Arts encourages everyone to follow all published guidance so that our opportunities to connect with our community may increase. We thank everyone involved in our programs for your flexibility and for managing the daily challenges connected to COVID-19 to ensure a sense of normalcy and connection while building new habits to create a safer community.