This is an unprecedented time for the arts. As workers in the live performance industry, our livelihoods are directly affected by the widespread closures and the continued uncertainty of when our careers will resume. While there is no handbook for navigating this new arena, I believe in the strength of my community and our ability to create magic out of adversity.
Hence, Virtual Venue Theatricals was born. Our first production, FIRST DATE, united equity and non-union actors from three states and garnered over a thousand views across social media platforms with audience members tuning in from as far as New Zealand.
First and foremost, the aim of VVT is to open up a space for friends and colleagues in the arts community to work and create in this time. The beauty of remote theatre is the ability to collaborate with artists across the country and the globe; our upcoming benefit concert involves industry professionals from every time zone in the continental U.S. and as far as the UK, Canada, and Japan. In addition to creating work for performers, choreographers, stage managers, and others in the business, Virtual Venue Theatricals provides a new space for writers to workshop or premiere new works.
Our next focus is the essential role of the audience and arts patrons. Virtual performances allow for the unique opportunity to connect audience members from across the world and introduce them to regional theatres, creative professionals, and works previously inaccessible to them. We aim to open up the concept of live theatre to new audiences in a way that has not yet been explored. We believe that there is no substitution to access to full length musicals and plays, new works, song cycles, and cabarets. With Broadway closed through 2021–if not longer–the time is now to embrace a new normal for theatre and the arts.
VVT is currently seeking collaborations with regional theatre houses through a variety of possibilities. Are you looking for a consultant to go through the ins and outs of producing online as you navigate transitioning to virtual performances? Are you in need of a director or technical director for one or more shows in your season? VVT is available through partnership with theatres to combine a knowledge of virtual performances with digital and technical needs. Have another idea for collaboration? We would love to hear about it.
We invite you to attend our benefit concert on Friday, 7/17 at 7:00PM EST to see what we’re about. To view, you can find the concert streaming live on our Facebook page and Instagram @virtualvenuetheatricals or posted to Youtube at the conclusion of the performance.