July 30, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

1 – CDC Recommends Continued Mask Wearing Indoors

By now we know that our “new normal” looks different almost every day. And next week (!) Broadway will open Pass Over, the first play back after almost 17 months. But to be required to mask or not to be required to mask? That is the question! NY State and Andrew Cuomo are still debating whether the new CDC recommendations will apply to theaters as well.

Read more: www.broadwaynews.com

2 – TLP Announces Company Management

Attention Company Managers! The Theatre Leadership Project has announced its latest initiative for BIPOC Company Managers. The program will provide financial support to five Company Managers and assistants currently working on Broadway shows. Read below for more information about program details and application deadlines. Not a BIPOC company manager? Send this post to them and spread the word.

Read more: www.playbill.com

3 – Making Broadway Anti-Racist

A great reminder from arts journalist Ruthie Fierberg and Bway Advocacy Coalition that Broadway can’t go back to “business as usual”. It needs to go back better. Read more below for ways you can be part of the progress moving forward.

Read more: www.medium.com

4 – Live Theatre Can Make You a Better Person

The science doesn’t lie! New research says that experiencing a live theater performance has the ability to impact an audience’s empathy and actions in the real world (though, as theatermakers, we already knew that!). Bravo to The Public and Artists Repertory Theatre for allowing the world to (officially) see the impact our work has on the world.

Read more: www.psypost.org

5 – Show Must Go On Documentary

The show really must (and will) go on! Thank you, Sammi Cannold and Dori Berinstein for documenting the theatermaker’s experience through this unimaginable time. I cannot wait to see the documentary. Find more details about how you can support the film and The Actors Fund below.

Read more: www.playbill.com

Fun on a Friday:

Get an inside look at the first rehearsal back for The Lion King on the West End (and grab your tissues!).


Watch the video here:



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