COVID-19 & Public Health Update
Like most of you, we are closely monitoring developments around COVID-19 and are following guidelines provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the City of New York.
Where things stand
The safety and well-being of our entire community of patrons, audience, staff/faculty, artists and students is of the utmost importance to us. In response to the rapidly developing public health crisis, our administrative offices, studios, and theaters closed on Thursday, March 12 at 6pm until further notice. All Atlantic staff will be working remotely and reachable via email between 10am and 6pm until we’re able to reopen. Please click here for additional staff contact information. We thank you for your understanding as we adapt to working without access to many of our typical resources.
What we’re doing at Atlantic Theater Company
On Thursday, March 12, we made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining performances of both Anatomy of a Suicide and Atlantic for Kids’ She Persisted, The Musical. All staff, crew, and artists connected to these productions were paid for their time despite cancellations. They did incredible work, and they deserve our support.
We are heartbroken it has come to this, and while we work with our team to ensure our institutional stability over the coming months, we hope ticket buyers will consider donating the cost of their ticket(s). Especially in trying times such as these, we depend on the support of theatergoers like yourself to sustain our productions, our acting school, our hardworking artists, faculty and staff, and the crucial offstage programming serving thousands of New Yorkers across all five boroughs. Your support at this time means more than we can express.
On Wednesday, March 1, our beloved friend and colleague Adam Schlesinger, composer and co-lyricist of The Bedwetter, passed away from COVID-19 complications. We are devastated. Adam was an extraordinary composer, musician, writer, and most notably, human being. We mourn the loss of this amazing man, who will be sorely missed by us all, and our thoughts go out to his family during this immeasurably difficult time. As for The Bedwetter, we have every intention of celebrating Adam’s life and talents through this show, and are doing all we can to make that possible in the near future. Stay tuned for more details. We look forward to sharing Adam’s beautiful music with all of you soon.
The status of the remainder of our 2019/2020 season remains unclear at this time. The Bedwetter was scheduled to begin performances on April 25 and A Play is a Poem on May 14. It has become clear both will be delayed. However, given the ever-changing circumstances and guidelines, we are not certain how long that delay will last. As soon as we have determined when it is safe to open each show, we will contact all ticket holders and make arrangements for ticket exchanges, donations, etc. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and grace; it is much appreciated.
As a cherished member of our community, we know that you believe in us, in the work we do, and the thousands of artists, students and communities we serve. And now more than ever as we face the uncertainty of the next few months, we’re grateful you’re in our family. We ask that you please bear with us as we do our best to thoughtfully plan for the future.
What we’re doing at Atlantic Acting School
Good news: our Conservatory, NYU Tisch Studio, and Kids & Teens Programs have successfully gone remote, where they will remain through the end of the semester. At this time, Part-Time classes will also be offered remotely. We are already experiencing the possibilities of what we can create together on this platform.
We’re incredibly grateful to our ever-resilient, highly motivated faculty and the students who jumped head first with us into this brave new world of remote learning. If anyone can make magic out of these trying times, it’s theatermakers – and our educators at Atlantic are leaping at the chance.
Beyond this semester, we can’t yet know what the shape of our programming will look like. Just know that as of now, we’re impressed with effectiveness of Zoom as a teaching tool, and are lucky to have a team of endlessly creative and resourceful individuals ready to make the most of this unprecedented situation.
For any questions about adult programs, email us here.
For any questions about upcoming kids and teens programs, email us here.
We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this disruption will inevitably cause, and appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we muscle through it together. Thank you for being a part of the Atlantic family. We’re grateful you’re in it.
Would you consider making a donation today? Any amount makes a difference, be it $250, $150, or even $25. And by contributing at any level, you’re not just sustaining us in a time of great need. You’re standing with all of us, saying that Atlantic – along with the entire community – will emerge from this situation stronger and more vibrant than ever.
While our offices remain closed, we encourage online donations. However, if you would prefer to send us a check in the mail, please email us here for access to our temporary address.