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Webinar: Theatre Responses to COVID-19 




Join a TBA webinar This Friday, March 13, at 2PM, featuring four leading Executive and Managing Directors as they discuss their theatres’ responses to the coronavirus epidemic. The panel will be discussing actions they are taking around:

Audiences / Front of House

Staff / Artists

Financial Planning Scenarios



Jennifer Bielstein, ACT

Debbie Chinn, Opera  Parallèle

Barbara Hodgen, New Conservatory Theatre Center

Michelle Mulholland, Golden Thread Productions 

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What Is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

*All Information in this section is taken directly from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How It Spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.


Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough 
  • shortness of breath
  • severe complications include pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death

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How Can I Protect Myself?

*All Information in this section directly from CDC

Protecting Yourself

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Protecting Others

  • Stay home  if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick .
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

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Theatre Cancellations

Below is a list of theatre companies that have been canceled. This is not an all-encompassing list of cancellations. Please contact the theatre directly for their personal public statements about the virus.

Pear Theatre
American Conservatory Theater
New Conservatory Theatre Center
American Conservatory Theater
Teatro Nahual
Anton's Well Theater Company
Foothill Music Theatre
EXIT Theatre
Lorraine Hansberry Theater
Word for Word/Z Space
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Lucky Penny Productions
Ubuntu Theater Project
Stage 1 Theatre
Marin Theatre Company
Awesome Theatre
San Francisco Youth Theatre
Custom Made Theatre Co.
Magic Theatre
City Lights Theater Company
Broadway By the Bay 
Contra Costa Civic Theatre
Novato Theater Company
Ross Valley Players
Berkeley Playhouse
San Jose Stage Company
Left Edge Theatre 
6th Street Playhouse
Altarena Playhouse
Golden Thread Productions & Crowded Fire Theater
Bay Area Musicals
42nd Street Moon
Pacifica Spindrift Players
Sonoma Arts Live
Hillbarn Theatre

Here is a list of other arts events that have been canceled around the Bay Area due to the coronavirus outbreak. (List courtesy of KQED Arts.)

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Coronavirus Resources

TBA's Statement-Protecting Your Staff and Audience

TBA's official statement on Coronavirus and template of public statement for company use


Covid-19 & Freelance Artists Resources

Crowd-sourced list specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.


Teaching Theatre Online

Suggestions from Dr. Daphnie Sicre of Loyola Marymount University for teaching artists who wish to offer online courses


Coronavirus Disease Situation Summary 

A briefing from the CDC about COVID-19

San Francisco Public Health Order (3/16)

An announcement from London Breed which orders residents to stay at home except for essential needs

How COVID-19 Spreads

More details on the spread of the disease from CDC


CDC on the basics of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


COVID-19 Tracker-Bay Area

A map showing affected areas within the Bay Area by Alejandra Armstrong from Mercury News

COVID-19 Tracker-World

A map listing affected countries around the World


County-specific Health Departments

San Francisco

Santa Clara

Contra Costa



San Mateo

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