The pros and cons of virtual performance are more complex than what first meets the eye.
Illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven feels lucky to offer this chance to "take a moment to step back and reflect and realize that even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection.”
"It has made us very aware of taking care of each other. We are even more attentive to the culture with which we make theatre and what of the ‘old normal’ can be scrapped from this experience," says Genesee Sprido about producing theatre in COVID times.
The rise of a global pandemic in March flipped the theatre industry upside down— nevertheless, the show must go on. Here’s how Parkland College Theatre is making it through.
"If there's anything I'm able to leave behind for underclassmen, I'm hoping that they’re able to come out of this shooting process having learned something new. I know I've learned a lot so far, and we haven't even really gotten started." Genna Roth on her experience creating Central High's COVID-friendly film version of Clue.
With a rising awareness of racism’s pervasive presence in Champaign-Urbana’s theatre scene comes a new wave of change, with The Station Theatre taking the lead.
Claire explores Illinois Theatre's mission of radical inclusion and the progress made since its initial statement in 2016.
Melinda catches up with Jacki Loewenstein about Class Act's Zoom-based spring and summer, and their plans for a virtual fall theatre season.
Osiris takes a deep dive into the methodology and delivery of this fall semester by chatting with leaders at FAA, Jan Erkert, Jeffrey Sposato, and Gabriel Solis.
Mathew checks in with recent Illinois Theatre grad Tafadzwa Diener about finishing her degree in quarantine and what's next for her.
Mathew chats with Brian Morgan, Theatre Director of Parkland College Theatre.
Mathew chats with the versatile local theatre actor/director/producer/instructor about her very busy schedule, which continues even during quarantine.
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