As institutions develop plans to reactivate their campuses in meaningful ways, they must consider specialized academic units that require deliberate face-to-face and hands-on learning to accomplish proficiency in academic training. Performing arts disciplines, specifically theatrical arts, are highly specialized areas of study that have in-person needs for a large part of the curriculum. Without access to traditional forms of teaching and learning, there will be a significant impact on successful outcomes for these future practitioners.
The theater craft is learned through a variety of settings, from the classroom with an open floor space used for movement, acting, or stage combat classes, to the scenic, prop, paint, and costume shops; rehearsal halls; and even the theater itself outside of public performances. Live productions, which offer students the opportunity to hone their skills with true audience feedback, currently pose health risks for students and faculty.
University of Nevada, Reno University Arts Building