July 6, 2021 –

As we enter the second half of the year, last week’s news really illustrates what we’ll be following through the fall: Sydney had to resume lockdown, more regions pledging to reopen plans and unions and producers are working long hours trying to strike deals that can move the industry forward safely and more equitably – with mixed results. As more and more companies prepare to return to the scene, the question will continue to arise if real change is sought or if they are working hard to return to the old normalcy?

The social report

Following the announcement Myles Frost to take the helm of MJ: The Musical, production has grown significantly on all social networks. Plaza Suite also saw a sharp rise as a result of the announces new dates on Broadway.

AEA issues new guidelines for fully vaccinated companies

Valid through September, the updated guidelines reflect the increased vaccination rate across the country and the reduction in the number of infections. The Union hopes this will make it easier for Producers to get union members back to work.

Broadway League Announces New Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Gennean Scott will take the role, starting her term today, July 6, 2021. Ms. Scot is a co-founder of the Black Arts Leadership Alliance, a member of Women of Color in the Arts, and most recently served as Vice President human capital and inclusion at Omaha Performing Arts

MET and IATSE reach agreement

After months of negotiations that ultimately resulted in the foreclosure of IATSE members from the Metropolitan Opera, the two sides reached an agreement that allows union members to return to work in preparation for the 2021-2022 season which is set to begin in September.

With Springsteen’s return to Broadway, more industry workers are returning to work

The New York Times highlights the support staff at Broadway theaters who also begin to return to work as the first of Broadway’s 41 theaters picks up the pace of the performance.

Bridging the gap between AEA and Spanish-speaking theater

Cara Joy David written about the complicated relationship between Association for stakeholder equity and the many Spanish-speaking theaters and artists in the United States. While there is a long way to go to achieve inclusiveness, all parties at least on the surface agree on the way forward.

Greater Sydney returns to lockdown, forcing closures again

In Australia, an increase in COVID cases has forced the closure of all current theater productions – including Hamilton and Come from afar. Previously, theaters operated between 50% and full capacity.

Chicago Theater freelancers on the way things were

American theater interviewed countless members of freelance theater workers in Chicago about the countless issues they face when navigating a city with some of the nation’s most important institutions, countless storefront theaters and many chasing the dream of move from a storefront house to a major player. In these interviews, it is recognized where things have been, where they could go and how to start on the fairest path ahead.

“No one is looking for a fight.” Lloyd Webber says the arts feel ‘left out’

Ahead of Cinderella previews at the end of last month, The Guardian caught up Andrew Lloyd Webber to discuss the show, the politics of the day and why he fights so hard for the UK culture sector. This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all restrictions will be lifted on July 19 as scheduled.

One of the first to close, Washington state reopens

Washington state was fully reopened on Wednesday, and for theater exhibitors and production organizations, it’s the first time in over a year that they can truly plan for a comeback.

Road to reopening: Music Theater Wichita

At the start of the pandemic, MT Wichita recruited a new artistic director Brian J. Marcum, and produced a myriad of online content throughout the year. After no live performances in 2020, the company recently produced an outdoor concert version of Smokey Joe’s Coffee and continue to evolve their protocols as 2021 develops.

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