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
EMACT is committed to providing an excellent experience for its members. In just the past few years we have provided DASH consultations and feedback on hundreds of shows, coordinated the annual DASH Gala, provided multiple free workshops and learning opportunities for our member groups, provided Member Assistance Grants to companies, and implemented a new online DASH application process, which will roll out with the 19-20 Season.
In order to keep up with inflation and increasing costs, it is necessary to increase our fee structure for both membership and the DASH program. Our last fee increase was more than eight years ago, and we anticipate this small increase will help EMACT to continue providing a great investment for our members. We hope that by providing this information ahead of the season, companies will be able to adjust accordingly.
Fees will change as follows:
Please be aware that EMACT will also be moving to an entirely online membership registration process for the 19-20 season, eliminating all paper forms. This will help us track payments, membership levels, and DASH requests far more efficiently.
The registration form for the 19-20 season will go live on EMACT’s website after our annual meeting on June 22, and we will send a reminder to all current members at that time as well. If you have any questions, please contact Membership Director Jenny Fielding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sen. Ed Kennedy of Lowell, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, has filed amendments to the Senate Ways and Means budget for the coming fiscal year that would support Massachusetts Cultural Council – Amendments #686 and #832. Specifics on the amendments can be found here: https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/advocate-in-the-state-senate/
Several EMACT member groups have asked for language to help advocate for these amendments, which is timely as the MA legislature will be taking these up this week. If you choose to contact your legislators, support language can be found at the link above, and EMACT President Celia Couture has also drafted the following response that member groups may use or amend as they see fit:
Dear (INSERT LEGISLATOR),
I am writing to you as the (INSERT ROLE) for (INSERT COMPANY). Please do what you can to help fund the Mass Cultural Council and Amendments #686 and #832. MCC is a vital part of the MA arts ecosystem and while funding has been strong, it could be better. As funding for the arts is stifled at the national level, we cannot afford to limit or decrease funding to our 501(c)3 non-profit arts organizations. Community theatre funding and programming for non-professional artists is essential to help a community thrive.
Please do what you can to rally your fellow legislators to support this funding. Community Theatre fills a need for so many communities who simply can’t afford the high price of tickets in our professional houses. Your support will go a long way to making the arts in our communities a reality.