How are things at Virginia Rep?

By | May 3, 2020
November Theatre

While there have been dark periods in the theatre industry before, COVID-19 may prove to be the greatest interruption any of us have faced. But we are busy preparing for your return.

We are thankful to all of you who contribute to our nonprofit cause with your donations and your ticket purchases, and we’d like to catch you up on where we are:

  • As most of you know, we cancelled the remainder of our season.
  • At the urging of the Board of Directors, management took immediate action to implement full or partial furloughs across the entire staff.
  • We have received our Small Business Administration loan.
  • With the federal support in our account, we were able to bring our full time staff back for an 8 week period, finding innovative ways to deliver our mission while also preparing for next season.
  • And, with great effort between staff and board, we are preparing for what follows these 8 weeks, creating contingency plans for the next two years, and how best to ensure your safety when we open our doors.

Virginia Rep is quick to adapt:

  • We are learning how to fulfill more of our mission online.
    • Camps, classes, and workshops are being offered online.
    • Our patrons and theatre artists are engaging together in the creation of a series of monologues capturing this historic moment.
    • Singers are pairing together to remind patrons of beloved musical theatre duets.
    • And we are sharpening our skills in capturing Virginia Rep mainstage and touring productions on video, not only to prepare for future shutdowns, but to further extend access to “live” professional theatre.
  • We are strengthening an already strong board/staff dynamic to ensure, when faced with future challenges, that structure and alignment are firmly in place.
  • We are improving our ability to work remotely, including a stronger skill set in collaborating with out-of-town artists.

The strength of having a multifaceted organization:

  • While we are unable to present our four seasons this summer, and schools can’t receive our tours, other parts of our business remain very active.
    • Education is finding innovative ways to reach families, and we plan to expand our online education offerings.
    • Our Community Health and Wellness (CH+W) wing is working overtime, as the connection between art and community is made more evident in a time of crisis.
    • New Play Development is not only preparing for future production, but is also engaging this community and our artists in chronicling this moment.

There is much to look forward to, as we are on the verge of announcing our dynamic 2020/21 season. We are a bit more nimble now, and we promise Virginia Rep’s same standard of excellence you rely on. We will follow the closely evolving industry guidelines and expectations to ensure the safest possible return to the theatre.

Despite uncertainty affecting us all, we will commit, to anyone who subscribes, that we will deliver on every title in the new season. And we promise increased flexibility and customer support for our subscribers in what is also an uncertain time for you.

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