A Message Regarding COVID-19

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Dear LA STAGE Alliance supporters,

As many of you are probably aware, last night Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new policy suggesting that group events of 250 people or more should be canceled through at least the end of the March.

This morning, Mayor Garcetti announced a new policy which prohibits gatherings of 50 or more individuals at city-owned entities. All Broadway theatres will close as of 5 p.m. today after New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo banned gatherings of 500 or more. Shows are set to resume April 13th.

 

What does this mean for LA theatre?

 Several theatre companies are postponing or canceling shows, please look out for communication through email and their social media platforms. We ask that everyone be supportive of communication and box office teams as they handle communicating these decisions with their artists and patrons.

LA STAGE Alliance supports the theatre companies that are making these difficult choices and appreciate the leadership they are showing by taking this step to ensure public safety.

These will be trying times for Los Angeles artists but we are continuing to monitor the situation and being proactive in advocacy and community engagement.

 

What can I do?

Check in with yourself: We have created a list of resources to help manage some of the more emotional impact of these times. Please stay tuned on our social media for those to come.

Find a support group: First and foremost, remember we are a community. This is an unprecedented time, but remember you are not alone in identifying solutions and making hard decisions. This affects all artists and theatre companies, so please be patient with each other as we navigate uncharted territories. Social Distancing is not the same as Social Isolation, make sure you are reaching out and checking in on each other.

Track your losses: Our greatest focus right now should be the health of those we work and connect with and on containing the spread of this virus. However, we know these restrictions to public gatherings will have a significant financial impact on our sector. Be sure to track any financial impacts you are feeling as a result of COVID-19. Whether you are an organization having to cancel fundraising events or shows, or an individual artist, employee, or freelancer whose employment has or will be affected by this pandemic, make sure to track those financial repercussions. We are working with our partners to determine what can be done once the crisis is controlled and we’ll need that data to help tell this story.

Theatre companies, we ask that you fill out this survey.

Join in advocating: This is crucial. If you have enough time to write a Facebook status about COVID-19, you have enough time to write your representatives, and there is an easy form to fill out here. 

 

What’s next?

Our upcoming event on March 23rd, LA STAGE Talks: AB5, will be re-imagined as this is another important topic and we are working on getting this information to you in a new and effective way.

We are building resources and advocating for support during these trying times so theatre companies, artists, and patrons can make educated decisions regarding this situation. You can find them on @ This Stage and our social media platforms.

 

Sincerely,

LA STAGE Alliance

LA STAGE Alliance

LA STAGE Alliance

LA STAGE Alliance is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles.