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Department of Theatre Arts – Safety & PPE Protocols

There are slightly different protocols for PRODUCTION, CLASS/STUDIO WORK and MEETINGS. Please see appropriate section for protocols.

PPE & Safety Protocols

This information is subject to change as conditions and circumstances shift.

The DTA requires that all students posses a current green badge, regardless of position, in order to participate in in-person activities in Dillingham, including classes, crews, rehearsals, etc. The green badge must be shared prior to participating in person.

SINGING WITH AN AUDIENCE (we align to the School of Music protocols)

  • Any time that one is singing, and others are in the same space (rehearsal room, performance hall, or outdoors) face coverings must be worn at all times.
  • Singers may sing in small groups for ensembles and classroom work with a face covering on while maintaining physical distance of 12’-20’ to other singers in large enough spaces or outdoors. 
  • If there are situations where additional space can be maintained, all should work to continue to play it safe with more space. 
  • All persons (pianists, conductors, instructors, other singers, etc.) in the vicinity of singing activities must maintain a minimum of 12’ physical distance between them and the singer(s).
  • The minimum 12’radius between singers in groups is subject to change as the IC Health and Safety Advisory Group monitors case numbers and the nature of exposures on campus.
  • Singing in groups must not last longer than 30 minutes within an hour period in one space. 
  • Solo singers may sing with a face covering on to rehearse with a pianist or perform in a class, provided the pianist also wears a face covering.
  • For solo singing, which is typically more vigorous, please continue to play it safe and maintain 20’ physical distancing.
  • It is recommended that all accompaniment is remote or pre-recorded where possible.

ACTING WITH AN AUDIENCE (with others present in classes, rehearsals and performances

  • Face covering must be worn by all present at 12’ spacing. Audience (comprised of theatre students not external constituents) with face masks minimum of 20’ away from actors and 6’ apart from each other in the Hoerner.
  • If acting does not include singing or a performance where aerosol production is high 12’ distance from audience is allowable.
  • Total capacity to conform to NYS guidelines (current 50% capacity or number that meets safe distancing protocols, whichever is lower)
  • Attendance/Seating Chart must be taken for contact tracing purposes (photos can be taken or seating charts posted in the room).
  • Any performance will conform to 120 minutes on / 15 minutes off (room completely clear) & 480 minutes on / 60 minutes off (room completely clear).

MUSICIANS FOR PRODUCITON

  • We align to the School of Music guidelines with regards to the playing of instruments:

Guitar, keyboard, strings

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • Maintain 6 feet physical distancing

Woodwinds, Brass

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, (instrument specific masks must be worn unless while playing instrument)
  • 6 feet physical distancing while talking
  • 6-12 feet physical distancing while playing instrument
  • Use of bell coverings or instrument “bags”,
  • Dispose of spit and condensation safely - puppy pads are required

Percussion

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • 6 feet physical distancing
  • No sharing of hand-held sticks, etc.
  • Wipe down surfaces with an EPA-approved disinfectant and instruments with a disinfectant approved for that instrument between lessons

COSTUME & MIC FITTINGS

  • Face covering worn by fitter & performer
  • Hands washed before and after fitting
  • When 6’ distance not able to be maintained, it cannot exceed 10 minutes cumulative time within a 24 hour period with performer. Face shield, in addition to a face covering, is optional in this circumstance. Face shields cannot substitute for a face covering/mask.
  • Once performer is trained in application of costume and mic– the fitter no longer needs to be involved.

SHOP WORK & LOAD IN OF EQUIPMENT & ELEMENTS

  • Standard PPE for shops (protective eye wear, hearing protection, personal work gloves, respiratory protection, hard hats, fall protection – these items will not be shared student to student without proper disinfecting)
  • Face covering/mask must be worn by all participants.
  • If 6’ distance cannot be maintained – allowable for no more than 10 minutes (cumulative).
  • Shared tools include sanitizing between each use and providing individual tool kits where possible. Labels/tape will be provided for marking tools for shared use across courses.
  • Hands washed with soap for at least 20 seconds at the beginning and end of activities.
  • All tools, equipment and surfaces disinfected with an EPA-approved disinfectant at the end of activities.

REHEARSALS

  • Any rehearsal activity (such as table work, individual coaching, dialect sessions, etc.) that can be done remotely - will be.
  • Any rehearsal that involves high aerosol production (acting, singing, dancing/choreo, etc.) will conform to 30 minutes on / 30 minutes off in the space.
  • Any rehearsal that does not involve high aerosol production (staging, technical rehearsals, etc.) will conform to 120 minutes on / 15 minutes off (room clear) & 480 minutes on / 60 minutes off (room clear).
  • When possible, calls for rehearsals will maximize opportunities for trading off high-aerosol/remote activity within the same rehearsal call, perhaps alternating table work with staging scene by scene, utilizing office spaces and classrooms not in use for other rehearsals.

SINGING / PROJECTED VOCAL WORK THAT PRODUCES AEROSOLS (we align to the School of Music protocols)

  • Any time that one is singing, and others are in the same space (rehearsal room, performance hall, or outdoors) face coverings must be worn at all times.
  • Singers may sing in small groups for ensembles and classroom work with a face covering on while maintaining physical distance of 12’-20’ to other singers in large enough spaces or outdoors. 
  • If there are situations where additional space can be maintained, all should work to continue to play it safe with more space. 
  • All persons (pianists, conductors, instructors, other singers, etc.) in the vicinity of singing activities must maintain a minimum of 12’ physical distance between them and the singer(s).
  • The minimum 12’ radius between singers in groups is subject to change as the IC Health and Safety Advisory Group monitors case numbers and the nature of exposures on campus.
  • Singing in groups must not last longer than 30 minutes within an hour period in one space. 
  • Solo singers may sing with a face covering on to rehearse with a pianist or perform in a class, provided the pianist also wears a face covering.
  • For solo singing, which is typically more vigorous, please continue to play it safe and maintain 20’ physical distancing.
  • It is recommended that all accompaniment is remote or pre-recorded where possible.

ACTING, Voice & Performance Classes (Studio 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)

  • All participants masked.
  • Use remote options for table work, Hybrid mode for partnering exercises, etc.
  • Warm-ups outdoors when possible.
  • If vocal, physical or vocal activity is more active than a discussion-level,- recommend at 12’ with a face covering and 30 minutes on / 30 minutes off (room cleared)
  • No floorwork – stay within 6’ distance masked. Keep movement work in place.
  • Partnering is allowable (including touch) under strict guidelines which include:
    • Low aerosol production
    • 6’ distances are maintained
    • Mask wearing is maintained
    • If less than 6' distance is required - it shall be for no more than 10 minutes cumulative over a 24 hour period.
    • Hand disinfection procedures for before and after must be in place.
  • Any classroom chairs, hand props, or rehearsal furniture will be cleaned by those individuals who touch it prior to and after each use & class with wipes.
  • Floors cleaned with EPA-approved disinfectant between classes throughout once a day.
  • Hand Sanitizers will be in room.
  • When possible, maintain spatial/seating chart.
  • No informal use of pianos (for class purposes only) Piano keys must be cleaned with disinfectant wipes that are safe for the keys after each use with approved solvent.

SHOWCASE CLASS/RECORDING

ACTING PERFORMANCE (partners or trios)

  • See “ON-CAMERA” Guidelines
  • SINGING (Solo or Duet)
    • Moderate Risk: Singing can be done at 20’ distances with masks and recorded accompanist. 30 minutes on / 30 minutes off
      • If conditions improve or worsen - we align to the School of Music guidelines with regards to singing determined by the Health & Safety Committee:
        • High Risk: This activity will be conducted remotely.
        • Lower Risk: Singing can be done at 20’ distances without a mask, with masked accompanist. 30 minutes on / 30 minutes off. If singing without a mask, the area within proximity to the location of the singer is cleaned with EPA-approved disinfectant.

RECORDED SINGING PERFORMANCE (Solo or Duet)

  • Aiming to provide a quality standard for our professional “virtual” industry showcase, while adhering the highest health safety protocols, singers may remove masks for filming only.  Filming will be staged in a large venue, such as the Hoerner or Clark stage, and limited to 30 min. segments with 30 min. between singers and room cleared. Film crew, directors and accompanist will wear a mask at all times and will remain at a 20’ distance from the singer.
    • All rehearsals (Acting or Singing) require face coverings at all times.

ON-CAMERA ACTING/RECORDINGS

  • Acting On-Camera student learning outcomes are dependent on the student’s ability to witness their work through un-obstructed recorded exercises and projects. All filmed exercises and projects will comply with NYSDH Guidance for Media Production and the SAG/AFTRA Covid-19 return to work agreement.
  • ALL ACTING Voice and Performance CLASSES (listed above) apply, with the exception:
    • Performers may temporarily remove their face covering during recorded performances or rehearsals, or when it interferes with a core activity such as hair, makeup, or wardrobe. Performers must don face coverings as soon as practicable following the above activities.
    • Scenes with close or proximate contact (less than 6’) between 1-4  individuals (e.g., fighting, dancing) will be performed with masks and for not more than 10 minutes within 24 hours.
    • Scenes requiring large crowds will be not be allowed.

DANCE & Movement CLASSES (Studio 1, 3, & 6)

  • Recommend at 12’ with face covering
  • No floorwork outside the personal space distance.
  • No physical partnering
  • Barres cleaned prior to and after class with wipes by individual students.
  • Floors cleaned with EPA-approved disinfectant by custodial staff once daily.
  • Hand Sanitizers will be in room
  • 30 minutes on / 30 minutes off (room cleared)

DESIGN STUDIO CLASSES

  • 6’ distance and face covering required. Have students step away from work for instructor to step in for critique.
  • If 6’ distance cannot be maintained – allowable for no more than 10 minutes (cumulative)
  • Tool kits are assigned to students to reduce sharing
  • Drafting tables cleaned by students with wipes prior to and after work
  • Hand Sanitizer will be in room

SHOP CLASSES

  • Standard PPE for shops (protective eye wear, hearing protection, personal work gloves, respiratory protection, hard hats, fall protection)
  • 6’ distance and face covering required.
  • If 6’ distance cannot be maintained – allowable for no more than 10 minutes (cumulative)
  • Students will wash hands prior to entering shop and when exiting
  • Hand Sanitizers will be in room
  • Tools and work surfaces will be disinfected with EPA-approved disinfectant at the end of class
  • Tool kits are assigned to students to reduce sharing
  • Tools will be disinfected between uses

LECTURE / SEMINAR CLASSES

  • 6' social distancing with face covering required
  • EPA-approved disinfectant available for students to clean desks upon arrival or after use.
  • EPA-approved disinfectant available for faculty to clean podium computer keyboard, mouse, etc.
  • Faculty bring their own dry erase markers, erasers, etc.
  • Seating chart, same seats for reliable contact tracing

OFFICE HOURS, ADVISING, DEPT. MEETINGS & ADMISSIONS EVENTS

  • Recommended remote for all these activities. Any special guests or visitors will have to be approved by appropriate Vice President or Provost in advance

LOCKERS

  • Maintain 6’ social distancing -- step back while neighbors are at lockers.

SHARED SPACES (hallways, lobby, restrooms, dressing rooms, storage, mail room etc.)

  • Maintain 6’ social distancing – exiting and entering classrooms one at a time – doors propped open to minimize contact touching doors and handles.
  • Face covering required
  • Follow directional arrows on the floor
  • Occupancy clearly posted
  • Use of drawers, microwaves, fridges will be wiped down after touch, or use wipes/gloves to minimize contact/spread.
  • Sharing food and utensils is strongly discouraged. If food must be provided, it must be store bought and individually wrapped or served by one person.
  • Dressing rooms are for use as restrooms and changing rooms during the class-day, 8am – 5:30pm, and for production space from 5:30pm until 11pm. The dressing room space can no longer serve as a hang-out space due to the confined space. The capacity for being in the space for more than 10 minutes is not conducive to having it be a gathering or holding space. 

SHOP VAN

  • 1 person only with a face cover, keep windows open when possible.
  • EPA-approved disinfectant available to wipe down before and after use
  • Keep log of use for contact tracing purposes

WATER FOUNTAINS

  • Filling of bottles OK – Please label your bottles with your last name, all “found” bottles without names will be thrown away.
  • Signage prohibiting drinking directly from fountains
  • Form lines with 6’ distancing

ELEVATOR

  • Recommend 1 at a time, face covering.
  • If more than1, it is recommend no talking while door is shut.
  • Use elbow to push floor button

Diagrams

file-outline Dillingham Studio Blank Plans - dillingham-empty-studio-plans.pdf (110.43 KB)
file-outline Hoerner Theatre Audience for Magic Flute - hoerner-mf-perf.pdf (195.56 KB)
file-outline Hoerner Theatre Audience for Head Over Heals - hoh-audience-v2.pdf (1.2 MB)
file-outline Clark Theatre Trojan Woman & Stop Kiss Audience - clark-tw-sk-perf.pdf (108.06 KB)
file-outline Dill 006 - dillingham-006.pdf (113.99 KB)
file-outline Dill 008 - dillingham-008.pdf (123.37 KB)
file-outline Dillingham Entrances & Exits - 20.12.14-dillingham-entrance-exit.pdf (544.24 KB)
file-outline Clark Tech Layout - clark-tech-layout.pdf (138.77 KB)
file-outline EMC Layout - emc-plan.pdf (122.53 KB)

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