LEHIGH UNIVERSITY · College of Arts and Sciences
It's a different world.
We are experiencing incredibly tumultuous times as our nation confronts and combats the twin pandemics of systemic racism and COVID-19. Ask any theatre artist and they will tell you that we need theatre now more than ever. Theatre is a bridge of understanding that can promote social change, nurture dialogue, and instigate globalization in a world with countless perspectives. We create theatre to explain the unexplainable about our lived experiences.
While it’s impossible to ignore the irreplaceable value of live theatre and the tremendous void its absence leaves in the wake of the Coronavirus; our department decided to meet the challenge of making theatre during this global pandemic head-on. We re-envisioned a new and exciting virtual season focused on creative technology, social justice, art and culture; to make new connections that hopefully expand our understanding of the world around us. Although we may not know what the immediate future holds, we are committed to exploring what it means in this present moment to celebrate the liveness that is inherent in the theatrical experience.
While we were saddened by the need to suspend our live production season this year, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and audiences is paramount. We look forward to the next time we’re able to gather together in a dark theater, in celebration of our humanity. Until then, we will firmly embrace our department’s history of innovation and experimentation, as we meet this moment and REBOOT THE FUTURE. Join us!
Chairperson and Professor
Dear Lehigh University Department of Theatre Community,
Thank you to our students, faculty, staff and outside partners for your overwhelming patience as we continue to navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 policies, protocols, and procedures. In response to the university announcement that Lehigh University will move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, we have decided to cancel all remaining performances for the Spring 2020 semester. For ticket refunds, please contact our box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS).
In coordination with the College of Arts and Sciences and guidance from Lehigh University, the Zoellner Arts Center will be closed through the end of this semester. This includes all theaters, galleries, and classrooms.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding in this evolving global situation. Please know that theatre department faculty and staff are still on the job, and we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact of this situation on your Lehigh education. We encourage you to remotely keep in touch with us, to keep yourself as safe and healthy as possible, and to do what you can to help the most vulnerable members of your community.
For any questions or concerns specific to online learning, please contact department chairperson, Professor Kashi Johnson.
June 2, 2020
Click HERE for all of the latest information about our '20 - '21 virtual production season: REBOOT THE FUTURE