The Coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for all sectors of society, but the arts have been hit particularly hard. We've collected a group of informational and emergency funding resources for our members and the entire theater community. This is an evolving resource, and we welcome your input for other resources or links that may be helpful to our entire community during this time.
Please visit; EMACT Coronavirus Resources
To Our Valued EMACT Members:
Many companies in our membership have made the hard decision to cancel performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the interruption of the season and the fact that we don’t want to put our DASH Consultants at risk, we have decided to temporarily suspend the DASH program until there is official notification that is once again safe for performances to take place.
If you have a show that was due to be seen by a consultant in the next few weeks, be advised that we will be happy to issue you a refund for the cost of the DASH or you can apply the payment toward a show for the 2020-21 season, which will begin on July 1, 2020. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preference, and any other questions you might have.
Notes for any DASH Plus shows that have already been seen will be sent out in the next few weeks.
Much of the advice from the organizations on the front lines of the pandemic response involves cancelling or rescheduling activities between two weeks and one month out. Given that our annual Gala is recognition of an entire season’s worth of community theater productions—and many of this season’s productions are tragically being cancelled—we should expect to make some changes to the awards program and perhaps even the Gala itself. However, it’s very early in the process, so we can only assure you that we will work closely with you to figure out how, and when, we celebrate together.
It goes without saying that we are very sad to have to take this step, but we feel it’s in the best interest of our membership and our consultants.
All the Best,
EMACT Board of Directors
To Our Valued Theater Group Community:
You’ve no doubt been inundated with notices about COVID-19. We recognize that the decisions you may have to make about auditions, rehearsals, and productions have profound impacts to you, and EMACT would like to help you navigate this uncharted territory.
We have collected material from a number of organizations’ guiding messages about this pandemic. What you read below is an aggregation of considerations and best practices.
Should we proceed with our production as scheduled?
While EMACT can’t recommend a “one-size-fits-all” way to address how community theater organizations should respond to this pandemic, the following advice has been provided by the Governor via mass.gov:
What should we do if we choose to proceed?
What about the implications of cancelling our production?
Cancelling a production is an incredibly difficult decision to which to come. Many organizations have felt compelled to do it. It is not, however, without impact. Considerations include the impact to revenue and cash flow, disappointing a hard-working cast and crew, and turning away faithful patrons.
This is an opportunity to ask your patrons to renew their support in the face of a challenging situation for any non-profit organization. Know that some of your audience will be willing to show their support during this challenging time by turning their ticket purchase price into a donation. Don’t be afraid to mitigate the impact to your organization by making that plea.
Organizations across the Commonwealth are planning-on between two-week and 30-day breaks. Those plans are being adopted across the state because they make sense based on today’s status. However, conventional wisdom about how to navigate these uncharted waters has changed daily and EMACT will continue to gather information to support you as you the situation evolves.
Do you have questions or feedback?
Please feel free to reach out to President@EMACT.org
EMACT Board of Directors
EMACT is excited to present a Stage Management Workshop, October 26th at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts!
If you are a Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager or have any interest in becoming a Stage Manager, join us and our team of esteemed panelists for a great discussion on Stage Management!
Our panel of experienced Stage Managers will talk about their approach to managing a show, what it takes to be a Stage Manager, how to get started, resources for new Stage Managers, and many other topics. Please share this with members of your group and if you know someone that would be a great stage manager - invite them to attend!
Where: Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton MA
When: Saturday, October 26, 3PM-5PM
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emact-stage-management-workshop-registration-75395372589
Don't have your tickets for the Gala yet?
Early Bird pricing ends TODAY so don't wait! Early Bird tickets are $40, and go up to $45 tomorrow so make sure you don't miss the fun!
Don't miss EMACT's Annual DASH Gala on Saturday, August 24 at 6pm at Cary Hall in Lexington MA!
Tickets are now available through TicketStage here:
Click on "Select Performance" to start the process. DON'T FORGET - Since we are utilizing TicketStage this year, individuals and groups can choose their own seating! This means groups wishing to sit together should anticipate coordinating among their attendees, or purchasing blocks of tickets.
The DASH nominees for the 18-19 Season have been announced and we are busily adding them to the website! In the meantime, you can view the online presentation on our YouTube channel here:
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Join us on our new YouTube channel for the annual DASH Nominations webcast! Nominees for the 18-19 Season will be announced in advance of the annual DASH Gala on August 24.
If you can't make the webcast, no worries! You can watch the full presentation any time after it streams live, and a list of nominees will be posted on EMACT's website within a few days after the webcast.
You can access the webcast here!
As always, EMACT would like to pay tribute to the members of our Theatre Community that have passed away during the season. Please send information for anyone from your group that should be included in this tribute to email@example.com. Please include a photo, the Company name, and the date they passed away. Thank you in advance for your help.
We're headed into the end of our 2018-19 Season, so save these important dates now!
June 22: EMACT Annual Meeting at Quannapowitt Players
July 11: DASH Nominations Webcast
August 24: Annual DASH Gala at Cary Hall in Lexington