Find out what our 19 theatres are doing while their stages are dark.
Published April 23, 2020. Updated May 21, 2020. Updated June 23, 2020. Updated July 21, 2020.
Though theatre and in-person classes cannot be fully replaced by virtual and online learning, they are a wonderful temporary substitute.
Our theatres, committed to continuing to strengthen their relationships within their communities, have put classes and activities online!
We have put together a list of ways to re-engage with theatre – sign up for a virtual playwriting class, try out an acting class, or listen to a conversation with theatre professionals.
This list is ongoing – please visit our theatres’ websites and social media pages for more detailed information!
Actors Theatre Of Louisville
Actors Theatre of Louisville has moved its 2020-2021 season online with Actors Theatre Direct. Below are a few samplings of their current work – be sure to check out Robert Barry Fleming’s Borrowed Wisdom podcast, Actors Theatre Unscripted every Wednesday, and other featured performances.
Juneteenth Jubilee Video Series – You are invited to join us as we celebrate this profoundly historic date through music, drama and art. A new episode of this seven part series will premiere each Friday. Watch Now.
Borrowed Wisdom with Robert Barry Fleming – Each week, Robert talks with an unrivaled expert, full of ideas, strategies, and challenges around their work then investigates that which is consonant and connected to how they navigate their discipline and their world no matter what the field.
Visit their Facebook Page or Website to see a full list of upcoming virtual events.
Alliance Theatre has moved online with their offerings. Below find a few experiences to enjoy on your own or with the family.
Native Guard, an audio play – Following their critically acclaimed 2014 premiere and 2017 production at the Atlanta History Center of Natasha Tretheway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry, LA Theatre Works captured an audio recording with the original cast. Native Guard is both an elegy to her mother and a journey into Mississippi’s Civil War history. In poetry and song, she reflects on her mother’s passing while contemplating the former slaves who became soldiers in a regiment known as the Native Guard. Listen here.
We’re Still Here: A Virtual Cabaret – Following the style of the beloved one-woman holiday show Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays, Broadway stars Courtenay Collins (The Prom) and Terry Burrell (Ethel) will host free virtual get-togethers each week with songs, stories and maybe a cocktail or two. Stream on the Alliance’s Facebook page and YouTube channel each Thursday at 7 p.m., July 9 – August 13.
Hands Up – Coming Soon! In light of the police shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, among others, The New Black Fest commissioned seven emerging Black playwrights to write 10-15 minute monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of Black in a culture of institutional profiling. HANDS UP depicts the realities of Black America from the perspective of varying genders, sexual orientations, skin tones, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Visit their Facebook page for more classes, coaching, and workshop opportunities!
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, CA
InterACT at Home with ACT! Below find a list of fun activities to give you an up-close backstage look at the inner workings of theater, as well as the opportunity to virtually engage with artists and other theatregoers, expand your imagination, and build a better world through theater.
Take 10 – A fun, interactive series of activities that you can do with your family (or your roommates, or yourself!) that teach you elements of the theatrical process from ACT’s Community Programs & Education team.
Meads Reads – In this book club for plays, Director of Dramaturgy and New Work Joy Meads hosts a lively conversation about an irresistibly rich dramatic text. Each play comes with a suggestion for dinner from a local restaurant and/or a drink recipe from a local mixologist!
Visit their website to dive into the archives for a deeper look at past performances including Waitress and Jagged Little Pill.
Actors Theatre has released a Roadmap to Recovery – imagining a path toward recovery and resilience for theater following science-based public health principles.
Arena Stage is offering a Virtual Audition Intensive from August 3-14, so don’t miss it! Or check out a list of Masterclasses focusing on playwriting, acting, stage management and design.
Molly’s Salon – A weekly Salon featuring artists and leaders of Arena Stage. Molly will sit down with a variety of artists and leaders to discuss new ideas they are excited about and glimmers of hope for the future. 7-7:30 p.m.
Visit Arena Stage’s website to learn more about their Virtual Camp Arena Stage, to watch Inside Voices a film by Arena Stage’s Voices of Now ensembles, and to check out more Virtual Events.
Los Angeles, CA
Discover the “Art Goes On” project with archival footage and information, a series of videos from local artists, and a live-streamed public discussion series.
Visit their Facebook page for special updates from the Center Theatre Group team and a few featured “Scenes from the Vault”
Classes through CPH CARE program have been made available online. Check them out to find out how your young scholars can engage.
Then, check out #BeBrilliant video series, inspired by their Fall 2019 production of “Every Brilliant Thing” raising awareness of mental health issues.
Head on over to Goodman Theatre’s website for their digital series, Intermission, a way to stay connected. They are sharing videos, art, recommended reads and more!
On Wednesdays at 5 PM EST check out Hartford Stage’s SCENE AND HEARD Live!, a virtual cocktail hour hosted by Artistic Director Melia Bensussen featuring a new theatre topic with special guests and more!
Long Wharf Theatre
New Haven, CT
Check out Long Wharf’s recent work in creating with other theatre institutions, the Play at Home initiative, a series of micro-commissions that are free to the public, and available to download.
The Old Globe
San Diego, CA
Visit The Old Globe Arts Engagement Facebook page and explore videos including some of the following:
- Community Voices: A FREE Playwrighting Program
- Behind the Curtain: Uncover the Magic of Theatre
- Thinking Shakespeare Live: Sonnets!
- On Book: The Old Globe’s Shakespeare Reading Group
Read Seattle Rep’s Dear Julie advice column updated weekly, or check out this tech podcast for an inside scoop on life offstage, or look here for racial justice resources that Seattle Rep has put together.
Trinity Repertory Company
Visit their website to stream and listen to sonnets, radio theatre, and a selection of scenes and songs from the archives!
Featured Photo: Photo by Rich Soublet, courtesy of The Old Globe. Photo taken at the Chaldean Middle eastern Social Services in El Cajon, San Diego, CA during a Globe For All tour, part of The Old Globe’s Arts Engagement programs.