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Check Out These Online Classes and Resources You Can Access While Social Distancing

March 20, 2020 by Diane Cardoso
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Whether you’re an artist looking to sharpen your creative skills, or a freelancing professional in search of inspiration to get you through COVID-19 related closures, we’ve rounded up classes and resources that are being offered for the arts community during this time.

As we all know the arts can be incredibly healing, and even though we can’t go to the theater right now, we can still learn from some of its greats. From Instagram ballet classes to playwriting workshops, check out our guide to ways to stay active and creative during this time.

Workshops & Classes

Young Jean Lee’s Free Playwriting Workshop

Playwright Young Jean Lee made history with “Straight White Men” when she became the first Asian American woman to have a play produced on Broadway. On Sunday, March 22, she’ll be teaching a free workshop via Zoom. Download Zoom to participate in the class.

Broadway Weekends At Home
Founded by Jeanna de Waal (“Diana”) and her sister, Broadway Weekends is an immersive theatrical experience, connecting theater lovers directly to the artists at the heart of the Broadway industry. Broadway Weekends will be hosting free online musical theater classes taught by Broadway and West End talent.  To sign up to classes, join the private Facebook group, Broadway Weekends at Home.

BroadwayEvolved Homeschool Live

BroadwayEvolved is the Broadway intensive for students and educators co-created by actor Betsy Wolfe (“Falsettos”). They will be offering 15-minute classes with theater professionals that will focus on voice, dance, acting, and career advice. Teachers will be announced on March 23 at 12PM EST, and teachers will go live Monday-Friday from BroadwayEvolved on Instagram @broadwayevolved.

Bridge to Broadway
Launched by teacher, writer, and director Erik Liberman, Bridge to Broadway is an online training platform matching musical theater students and young professionals with seasoned Broadway professionals.

From the comfort of your own home, interface with Tony Award-winning actors, directors, music directors, composers, lyricists, casting directors, and vocal coaches in behind-the-scenes conversations and interactive Q&As.

Confirmed speakers include: Stephanie J. Block, Donna Murphy, Tonya Pinkins, Michael Arden, Ciara Renée, music director and vocal coach Mike Ruckles, casting directors Alison Franck and Katja Zarolinski, and more to come. A percentage of net proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund.

Reach out to marissalynnstudios@gmail.com to receive a link to register for the events, which will take place March 21-April 26.

Broadway Dreams
The nonprofit arts training organization Broadway Dreams will offer free, online programming daily to help students while practicing social distancing.

To participate, users must download Zoom and visit Broadway Dreams’s Facebook page for the daily link. Students can expect to learn about theatrical writing, self-taping auditions, perfecting headshot selfies, warm-ups, make-up tutorials, and more.

Among the teaching artists slated to lead classes are: Noah Rickets, Ryan Redmond, choreographer Spencer Liff, Quentin Earl Darrington, Nicholas Rodriguez, Tyler Hanes, and Alexia Acebo.

Free Ballet Classes with Tiler Peck

Principal dancer at New York City Ballet Tiler Peck is going live on Instagram @tilerpeck daily at 1PM EST Monday-Friday with free ballet class. After every class, Peck will answer any general questions the viewers may have about ballet or the class.

Primary Stages Presents Primary Plus
Created by Primary Stages and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), Primary Plus is a series of online programs aimed at helping artists connect with each other.

Free online masterclasses participants include Theresa Rebeck, Kate Hamill, Jason O’Connell, Mary Bacon, Thom Sesma, Jennifer Mudge, Chris Coffey, Kimberly Senior, Sharon Washington, and more to be announced. Watch virtual master classes here. Learn more about all the programming here.

HERE’s Online Programming
HERE has announced several free online programming activities designed to uplift audiences during these challenging times. These programs include #stillHERE, a weekly livestream on Fridays at 1PM on Facebook featuring a HERE artist who invites viewers to share in the creation of new work; HERE@HOME, a weekly watch party that streams full-length productions previously presented at HERE on Wednesdays at 7PM on Facebook; and #COVIDEO, a community-built work of video art that is led by HERE artists and staff, and that the public is invited to participate in. Watch and contribute on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. They have set up a resource and respond Center webpage that will be updated daily with news and resources for artists.

ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service by and for artists and cultural nonprofits, providing arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

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