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How Broadway Stars Are Supporting The Community

September 4, 2020 by Abby Bien
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If you’re reading this, you’re probably someone who is anxiously awaiting the day that we can all return to the theater together, safely. You’re not alone: hashtags and organizations and efforts are being made by creatives throughout the industry to encourage mask wearing, call for government support, and increase artist funding.

The theater industry is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, as the very nature of theater requires an intimate communal experience. Countless artists and theater workers are out of work in this time and are relying on community safety and government support to make it through this unprecedented time.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved, check out these initiatives below.

Be An Arts Hero

On September 7, #ArtWorkersUnite for a day of action. Be An Arts Hero is a 100% volunteer run, “intersectional grassroots campaign comprised of Arts & Culture workers, Unions, and institutions in the United States pushing the Senate to allocate proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector of the American economy.”

With thousands of creatives likely out of work through 2021, this group of artists — including Billy Porter, Jane Krakowski, and Aaron Tveit — is calling senators, taking to social media, and gathering (virtually) to have conversations about how to best support and survive during this time. Check out their website to get involved on September 7 and beyond. Also make sure you follow @beanartshero on Instagram to join all of the conversations happening over there.

Extend PUA

Want to take action right now? Extend PUA has all of the steps for you, written out in detail and with clear direction. It’s an organization that’s working to get pandemic relief through the end of lockdown for everyone, and specifically for those in the entertainment industry. On their site, they make calling your senators, connecting with the White House, telling your own pandemic story, and more as simple as can be. On the Extend PUA Instagram account, there’s daily actions posted every day with clear ideas on how you can offer your support.

COVID-19 Theatre Think Tank

Creatives from New York City to your fave regional theater have joined forces with frontline heath experts to understand the unique way the Covid-19 pandemic is directly and uniquely impacting the theater industry, both short and long term. On the site, they explain that “through study and analysis, CTT aims to assess what the evolving scientific understanding of COVID-19 means for theaters, their employees, and audiences, and serve as a resource for theaters of all types and sizes nationwide, as well as individual artists, unions, guilds and organizations.”

Some ways they’re connecting with the community? Through a hashtag of course. #MaskUpCurtainUp is a way for you and your fave theater stars and shows to emphasize the importance of wearing a mask every single day — not only for the safety of you and your loved ones and strangers around you — but to ensure that theaters can turn on those spotlights again soon. Check out some of our faves #MaskUpCurtainUp posts below and then we think you should definitely make your own.