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A National Town Hall on Theatre & COVID

On Thursday, April 1st the COVID Theatre Think Tank (CTT) hosted a national town hall for the theatre industry to address the current state of the virus, what lies ahead, and what it means for the reopening of theatre across the country. Key advisers to CTT including Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Economist Blythe Adamson; CUNY Graduate School of Public Health Professor Bruce Lee; White House Senior Advisor for the COVID-19 Response Andy Slavitt; and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education Teresa Y. Smith, spoke about the latest information and shared insights into vaccination efforts, effect of the variants, and other important factors in the timeline to reopening.

This was the first of several CTT Town Halls, which are intended to help the theatre industry hear directly from experts in order to move toward reopening with a common understanding of the underlying science and conditions. The Town Halls are free to attend and open to theatre industry professionals in all roles. To hear about future events, sign up for our email list.


A National Research Consortium on Theatre during COVID-19 

A self-organized consortium of theatre professionals across the nation, representing multiple disciplines and corners of the industry from Broadway to Off-Broadway and Regional theater makers, has joined forces with leading front-line health experts, including faculty from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health, to research the unique challenges facing the theater industry emerging from the pandemic. 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.

CTT Members:

Saheem Ali, Caitlin Baird, Dori Berinstein, Jeremy Blocker, Sammi Cannold, Nicole Capatasto,

Rachel Chavkin, Penny Daulton, Steven Ehrenberg, Khalilah R. Elliott, Carl Flanigan, Tom Gabbard, Jenny Gersten, Maria Manuela Goyanes, Temah Higgins, J. Alex Huerta, Kit Ingui, Toni Isreal,

Beverly Jenkins, Howard Joines, Andy Jones, Francis Jue, Tom Kirdahy, Stephen Kaus, Cathy Kwon,

Mimi Lien, Jane Lin, Hillary Luong, Nancy Mallette, Neil Mazzella, Davis McCallum, Doug Nevin,

Jacob Padrón, Eric Paris, Michael Passaro, Diane Quinn, Connie Robinson, Matt Ross,

Florie Seery, Stephanie Spangler, Claire Wojciechowski

For the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy:

Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH

Dean, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH)


Ashish Joshi, PhD, MPH, MBBS

Senior Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs, Professor, CUNY SPH


Elizabeth Kelvin, PhD, MPhil, MPH

Interim Associate Dean for Curriculum Innovation and Implementation and Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CUNY SPH


Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA

Professor, Health Policy and Management, CUNY SPH


Chris Palmedo, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor, Community Health and Social Sciences, CUNY SPH


Brian Pavilonis, PhD, CIH

Assistant Professor, Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences, CUNY SPH


Scott C. Ratzan, MD, MPA

Distinguished Lecturer, Community Health and Social Sciences, CUNY SPH

Special Advisors:

Blythe Adamson

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Economist, "Testing For America" Advisor

Serin Kasif

Vice President of Production, The Really Useful Group Ltd

Robby Sikka, MD

Head of NBA Coronavirus Study and VP, Basketball Performance and Technology, Minnesota Timberwolves

Andy Slavitt

Senior Advisor, White House COVID-19 Response Team


All resources are based on data and information gathered to date and will be updated as appropriate. Please use caution in that there is still much to be learned through rigorous scientific testing and modeling and always consult your local guidance when making decisions regarding risk mitigation.

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(as of June 17, 2020)

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(as of June 17, 2020)

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