March 27 EdTA Update Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Schools, Travel, and Gatherings

By EdTA News posted 20 days ago

  

Your health and well-being and that of your students is our first priority. Know that in this difficult time, your EdTA national office staff and your chapter leadership are here to support you. The nature of theatre is a communal activity, and we need each other more than ever.

Updates as of March 27, 2020:

International Thespian Festival
EdTA announces the first-ever Virtual International Thespian Festival to feature adjudications, auditions, the inaugural International Thespian Excellence Awards Showcase (aka the ThespysTM), performances, workshops and masterclasses, and more. Virtual ITF is open to all Thespians and theatre students; their teachers, parents, and families; and colleges, industry leaders, and artists. Many more details will be announced soon.

Updates as of March 25, 2020:

Member Support
The Educational Theatre Association and International Thespian Society remain open for business. Feel free to reach out with questions about student points and inductions; our member service team stands ready to help. Call 513-421-3900 or email  memberhelp@schooltheatre.org.

International Thespian Festival
EdTA continues to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact upon schools, travel, and gatherings. The health and well-being of theatre teachers and students is our first priority. As school districts across the country restrict travel we are exploring options to participate in International Thespian Festival online.

Online Resources You Can Use Now
Curated Resources for Creating Online Learning : EdTA’s Theatre Educator Pro has added both resources for online learning experiences for students and resources for project-based learning aligned to standards. In service to the theatre education community, these resources are being made available to all, compliments of EdTA’s Theatre Educator Pro.

Licensing Updates: Streaming Rights, Postponements, and Cancellation Options
Broadway Licensing Livestreaming Approved for 400 titles


Updates as of March 17, 2020:

International Thespian Festival

  • All plans for International Thespian Festival scheduled for June 22-27 remain on track at this time.
  • EdTA is in close touch with our ITF site hosts, Indiana University, who also are tracking this evolving situation. On March 16 IU announced it  is extending spring break by one week and will begin remote teaching on March 30 that will last through the end of the semester in early May. For more information see: Indiana University update pageMonroe County Health Department | Indiana State Health Department
  • Please reassure students who were planning on participating in Thespys™ at any cancelled chapter event that they may participate in the ThespyTM Program at International Thespian Festival (ITF). The chapter qualification requirement will be waived for this year only and apply only to chapters that cancelled or postponed their event due to COVID-19.

 Licensing Updates: Streaming Rights, Postponements, and Cancellation Options

In addition to playwright Don Zolidis, who has granted permission for his work to be livestreamed, playwrights Jeff Grove and Jonathan Dorf has granted permission for his work to be live streamed and playwright D.W. Gregory has granted permission for Radium Girls  to be livestreamed or presented as a webinar. See the thread in the EdTA Community Open Forum.

More resources for updates on streaming rights, postponements, and cancellation options:
Dramatists Play Service has a page with FAQs about their works

Playbill on March 16 published an article compiling information and updates about livestreaming rights for schools.


Updates as of March 13, 2020:

Member support

  • The EdTA office is open, with staff working in the office or at home utilizing our remote-access system. EdTA membership and event staff will continue to respond to phone calls and emails as usual throughout this disruption of normal routines.
  • Membership induction packages will continue to be shipped daily.
  • We want to give every opportunity to students during this time of event and performance cancellations. Don’t let those losses prevent you from honoring deserving students — we encourage you to be flexible in awarding Thespian points for cancelled activities. Your students (especially seniors) may appreciate the recognition now more than ever.

International Thespian Festival

  • All plans for International Thespian Festival scheduled for June 22-27 remain on track at this time.
  • EdTA is in close touch with our ITF site hosts, Indiana University, who also are tracking this evolving situation. On March 10, as a precautionary measure IU suspended in-person teaching for two weeks following their spring break from March 23-April 5. Classes, and large events on campus, are expected to resume April 6. For more information see: Indiana University update pageMonroe County Health Department | Indiana State Health Department
  • Please reassure students who were planning on participating in Thespys™ at any cancelled chapter event that they may participate in the ThespyTM Program at International Thespian Festival (ITF). The chapter qualification requirement will be waived for this year only and apply only to chapters that cancelled or postponed their event due to COVID-19.
  • If your school is restricting travel, students may attend with their own chaperone.

 Licensing Updates: Streaming Rights, Postponements, and Cancellation Options

  • Music Theatre International (MTI) reports: “At this time, we can offer a limited license to stream certain shows for amateur productions that were licensed before March 12, 2020. Complete an MTI Emergency Video Recording/Streaming License form.” See MTI’s website for more details.
  • Concord Theatricals reports: “Requests for recording or livestreaming are being handled on a case-by-case basis. Requests will be shared with the author’s representatives who are the ones who make the decision.” View Concord’s FAQ.
  • Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) reports: “Please be in immediate email or phone contact with your TRW licensing representative [regarding changes or cancellations]. The rights administered by TRW on behalf of the authors and copyright owners do not include broadcast/transmission/streaming and therefore we are unable to license or authorize this usage.” Read more.
  • Playwright Don Zolidis, author of some of the most popular short plays, including 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and The Audition, has granted permission for his work to be livestreamed. See Zolidis’ March 9 post in the EdTA Community Open Forum.
  • Many companies, from costuming to ticketing, are offering flexibility. Reach out to those companies directly for solutions to your specific circumstances.

Online resources you can use now

  • EdTA’s Theatre Educator Pro: Explore resources for teachers and students. If you are in a community shifting to online learning, take advantage of the tools here for distance teaching and remote lesson planning.
  • EdTA Community: Connect with peers and colleagues from across the country and around the world who are going through the same challenges you are.
  • org: Stories offer valuable resources for onstage, offstage, and backstage topics; again, use these materials to support your remote teaching.



Updates as of March 11, 2020:
The Educational Theatre Association is closely monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and its impact upon schools, travel, and gatherings. Your health and well-being and that of your students is our first priority.

All plans for International Thespian Festival scheduled for June 22-27 remain on track at this time.

We are in close touch with our ITF site hosts, Indiana University, who also are tracking this evolving situation. On March 10, as a precautionary measure IU suspended in-person teaching for two weeks following their spring break from March 23-April 5. Classes, and large events on campus, are expected to resume April 6. For more information see:  Indiana University update page | Monroe County Health Department | Indiana State Health Department

For ITF, EdTA will comply with all Indiana local and state advisories.

Please continue to check our website for ITF updates and the Centers for Disease Control and your state government health websites for the most current information on the coronavirus. 

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