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Industry Pro Newsletter: AEA issues Vaccinated Production Guidelines, COVID Passports, and Issues of Equity for AAPI Artists

UK Venues worry that COVID Passports Aren't the Right Solution



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April 12, 2021 -

As vaccines continue to roll out across the country, the puzzle of how to safely reopen gains some clarity - but with that clarity come new questions. This week, we have coverage of new production guidelines from AEA as well as concerns over the feasibility of vaccine or negative test requirements of audiences. This week also saw the failed rollout of the desperately needed Shuttered Venue Grants from the SBA, and the folding of the Los Angeles Stage Alliance in light of systemic racism within the organization. As theatres across the globe start the work of reopening, the question continues to be what additional changes beyond health and safety are required of organizations to make the theatre a better place to work - and what work are organizations willing to do to make these necessary changes.

Actors Equity Issues Updated COVID Production Guidelines

The new guidelines include guidance for fully vaccinated companies, as well as how to handle testing requirements, audience interaction requirements, and more health and safety guidelines - including the need for a COVID safety officer for every 20 members of the company.

Day One of Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Applications Marred by Technical Problems

Reminiscent of the launch of the Payroll Protection Program, the Small Business Administration was forced to close the portal on the first day that it was accepting applications. The SBA promises that they will provide advance notice when the portal is repaired and once again ready to accept applications.

Howard Ho on the Systemic Issues That Led to the LA Stage Alliance Shutting Down

Following the exodus of several dozen theatre companies, the LA Stage Alliance announced that they would be ceasing operations. While much has been made of the final inciting incident, Howard Ho provides insight into the multiple exclusionary practices that marred the organization.

Diep Tran on the Anti-Asian Problem in the American Theatre

In light of the rise of anti-Asian violence across the country, Diep Tran writes for American Theatre Magazine about the many systemic issues faced by AAPI artists working in the theatre - issues that are only just beginning to be recognized by institutions.

All Things Considered Covers the Return to NYC Stages

NPR's All Things Considered covered the return to the New York stage for some off-Broadway productions companies earlier this month. Armed with social distancing, new protocols, and BroadwayWorld's Stage Mag, producers are finding ways to bring shows like Blindness safely back.

Concerns Over COVID Passports

While some US States are mandating proof of vaccination or a recent negative test to enter a venue, other states are banning the use of such mechanisms. In the UK, there is currently a plan to utilize a similar system, but venue operators of all kinds are raising concerns about the feasibility of such a plan.

What's the plan for Broadway?

Cara Joy David offers a roundup (and frustration) around the mixed messaging about when Broadway performances will be back - with some shows selling tickets for as early as September, and others with on-sale dates for December. We've also got more information about the current state of theatre in New York in our monthly roundup of the State of Broadway.

A BroadwayWorld Guide to Clubhouse

What is the newest app to enter the social media space? Audio only and already the home to great discussions on theatre and a few audio only productions, our social team offers a roundup of ways to use the app as a fan and a theatre company. Are you already on Clubhouse? Connect with BroadwayWorld!

Are You Streaming Content?

The BroadwayWorld Streaming Calendar is the go-to resource for theatre audiences looking for a theatrical experience in their own living room. The best part? Listings are completely free of charge (with paid boosting options available). Add your streaming content today!

BroadwayWorld Stage Mag - A Fully Interactive Show Program

The digital solution to your show program needs - want to see what's possible? Check out the Stage Mag's for Disney's Women's Day on Broadway and A Love Letter to Liza: A 75th Anniversary Celebration Then start building your own at stagemag.broadwayworld.com.

Are You Streaming Content?

The BroadwayWorld Streaming Calendar is the go-to resource for theatre audiences looking for a theatrical experience in their own living room. The best part? Listings are completely free of charge (with paid boosting options available). Add your streaming content today!

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