Covid-19 is forcing some university faculty to get more creative than most.
Lectures can be delivered through a webcam, but performing for an audience proves to be a bit more challenging. Although, LSU professor of acting George Judy sees 'virtuality' as a unique opportunity.
“That’s gonna be defeatist just to assume that we can’t do it, and I think my colleagues are finding the same thing that there’s something fascinating about it, and we all oughta just embrace it… and in some ways it’s the future,” Judy says.
The media is growing and so are film acting jobs. LSU’s theatre department sees the webcam as a valuable tool to help students achieve an on-camera presence.
Executive Associate Dean of LSU’s school of theatre Kristin Sosnowsky believes her students will face a career atmosphere less similar to previous times. She mentions some arts organizations are even considering keeping certain parts of virtuality post-2020 to reach larger audiences.
“The whole landscape will likely shift after this,” Sosnowsky says.
“So we’re trying to prepare our students to be flexible and adaptable, and respond to what it is that’s happening in the world.”
The theatre school has transitioned to virtual productions for Fall 2020, but their spring semester performances are still in the works.
“Right now we’re not sure exactly how that’s going to play out, but...you know, we’re committed to adhering to safety precautions, but also giving our students opportunities, so we might find more virtual performances in the spring,” Sosnowsky explains.
“There may be some opportunities to do something live, but we’re just not sure yet,” she continues.
Although, LSU’s professional theatre, Swine Palace, has an upcoming live virtual performance November 11th. Tickets and instructions on how to access the production are on the theatre school’s website.