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How performing artists and educators are keeping the lights on

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


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.


Websites and industry publications


For details about the University of South Carolina's response to COVID-19, see the university's official page.


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