Along with the rest of the world, the theater community is grappling with the fallout from this coronavirus pandemic. Everyone hears that theaters are closed, shows cancelled or postponed, and that theater personnel are out of work. Nicole Hertvik reporting on the DC Metro Theater Arts website April 14 wrote, “So how are theaters, whose very existence depends upon people getting together, supposed to stay alive
when people are forced to stay apart? And what are the region’s arts organizations doing to ensure they can withstand this unprecedented challenge?”
Much is being done. Arena Stage, Round House, Shakespeare Theatre company, among others, have established special funds to help their companies meet their obligations during this time. Montgomery County established the $20M Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) Program.
The Taking Care Fund is an initiative of theatreWashington, the thirty year-old organization that sponsors the Helen Hayes awards and is dedicated to supporting and representing the Washington theatre community. The fund was created to assist Washington area theater professionals experiencing medical emergencies and has been extended to cover loss of work due to the COVID19 pandemic. You can learn more about the Taking Care Fund at http://theatrewashington.org/content/faqs-taking-care-our-own.
Peace Mountain Theatre Company is also welcoming and encouraging donations to assist our operations. During these critical times, we will pass on half of any such donations to the Taking Care Fund. Click Here to make a tax-deductible donation.
Of course we don’t want you to forget PMTC! We need you!