Theatre and Dance webinar highlights innovative practices
By Bryan Gentry | July 17, 2020
Empty theatre halls do not mean that the performing arts need to take a break.
At the University of South Carolina, the Department of Theatre and Dance is using remote auditions, pre-recorded dance concerts and live, online performances to continue teaching and performing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty members Tanya Wideman-Davis and Jim Hunter presented a webinar on the topic on July 13, 2020. They discussed how they and their colleagues are approaching teaching and performance this fall, resources for performing artists and educators and personal practices for staying engaged with the art. More than 150 people around the world tuned in to the live presentation, and the presenters answered numerous questions.
The recorded webinar is available below, as well as links to online resources that they discussed during the presentation.
For more information about webinars provided by the College of Arts and Sciences, visit go.sc.edu/CASwebinars.
Recording: New Approaches in Theatre and Dance: Keeping the Lights On during COVID-19
These resources were referenced during the webinar or provided in response to follow-up questions.
- Design Justice: Community-Led Practices To Build The Worlds We Need by Sasha Costanza-Chock
- Jookin’: The Rise Of Social Dance Formations In African American Culture by Katrina Hazzard-Gordon
- The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten
Websites and industry publications
- Dance USA, including a webinar about music rights and streaming.
- South Arts
- Major Universities Presenters Symposium
- The Safe Way Forward: A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines [PDF]
- Colorado State University: Reducing Bioaerosol Emissions and Exposures in the Performing Arts: A Scientific Roadmap for a Safe Return from COVID19
- Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide (including a podcast and PDF)
- Association for Performing Arts Professionals COVID-19 Resources
- Actors' Equity Association COVID-19 Safety Resources for Producers
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For details about the University of South Carolina's response to COVID-19, see the university's official page.