The School of Theatre and Dance follows the health and safety protocols established by Marshall University. For more information, see https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/. This guide is a living documents which will change as additional medical research suggests new or variations on these protocols. Please be sure to check out the updated spring return to campus page.
We are following coronavirus health and safety guidelines developed by theatre practitioners from the Johns Hopkins Peabody School, Marshall University COVID Guide, West Virginia University and others resulting from multi-institution research studies conducted over the last several months.
Individual Faculty members will advise students on COVID protocols and procedures specific to their classes, rehearsals, and lessons based on the guidelines above. It is important that to follow these procedures because of the particular nature of spreading airborne particles during exercise including stage movement, acting and singing.
In all of your activities on and off campus, please follow all required procedures and protocols carefully and deliberately including washing hands and wearing masks and social distancing. We are all responsible for one another’s safety during this emergency, and any personal carelessness can easily and quickly result in drastic changes impacting the work of all the folks as well as on the School and the University.
Masks are to be worn at all times in the building except when directed by your supervisor. If you feel that you cannot wear a mask due to a medical issue you will need to have permission from the Dean of Students Office. If faculty or students feel that attendance in F2F class will negatively impact their health relative to the COVID then see your instructor/immediate supervisor and, if necessary, other arrangements will be made.
Please if you Feel Sick
Students who are sick should seek medical assistance as appropriate and remain at home until symptoms resolve. For anyone with symptoms of COVID-19—fever, cough and shortness of breath—health officials continue to recommend the importance of calling their healthcare provider rather than going to a clinic or drive-through test site.
Students who are experiencing symptoms can call Student Health at 304-691-1100 in the mornings from Monday through Friday. They can also call the Marshall Health COVID-19 information hotline at 304-696-2900 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 24/7, toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304; or the Cabell-Huntington Health Department at 304-526-6544 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Students diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain isolated and should immediately contact Leah Tolliver at email@example.com for contact tracing to begin. Personal information will be kept confidential.
Managers and supervisors should recommend that employees who are sick seek medical assistance as appropriate and require they remain out of the workplace until symptoms resolve. For anyone with symptoms of COVID-19—fever, cough and shortness of breath—health officials continue to recommend the importance of calling their provider rather than going to a clinic or drive-through test site.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms can also call the Marshall Health COVID-19 information hotline at 304-696-2900 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 24/7, toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304; or the Cabell-Huntington Health Department at 304-526-6544 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Employees diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain at home and should immediately inform their supervisor and Human Resource Services. They should also contact Leah Tolliver at firstname.lastname@example.org for contact tracing to begin. Employees will not be permitted to return to work on site without medical documentation. Personal information will be kept confidential.
Applied Theatre: Performance and Production studio courses
Several classes including ballet have been listed in the schedule as virtual. This means lessons with those course numbers/sections will take place in a virtual, remote setting. All others will be taught F2F. In the event that the school must close due to a virus outbreak all classes will continue as virtual and will be streamed live at their regularly scheduled time from their classroom or other location.
For all studio courses are listed as face-to-face. The instructors for those applied music courses intend to teach lessons face-to-face, either in their studios or (as space and scheduling allows) in a classroom. However, you have the option of having remote lessons if you will feel safer in that setting. If you have been exposed to or have tested positive for COVID-19, your lessons must be in a virtual, remote setting until you are cleared to return to campus.
Dance/Movement classes recommendations
- Masking required for all individuals at all times, including while dancing
- Explore masks specifically developed for athletic work, such as Under Armour SportsMask. 30.00 Eastbay
- Social distancing of 12 ft
- No contact or close dancing permitted
- Limit to no more than 10 individuals per room (instructor plus 9 students), other than exceptional volume spaces, such as the basketball arena, where the count can go to 18 individuals.
- Classes of no more than 60 minutes
- 30-minute room vacancy between each lesson to allow for adequate air exchange
- Daily disinfection via disinfectant mister/fogger and/or disinfectant wipe down plus disinfection of dance floor and all touch surfaces cleaned after each class
Recommendations for Scenic, Costuming and Lighting studio courses
- Wear a mask at all times. Use a face shield when working closer than 6-8 feet
- Do not share equipment without disinfecting it first.
- Disinfect all tools used during the lab before leaving at the end of lab.
- Disinfect props that are ready for rehearsal
- Please follow the travel direction signage while maintaining 6’ between individuals when moving throughout the building. DO NOT CROWD THE HALLS!
- The only entrance to the Joan C. Edwards facility is the 6th Ave entrance at the top of the ramp under the School of Theatre sign. Use your ID card to enter.
- The exit on the 6th Ave side is from the east stairs. The exit door is located at the opposite side of the parking lot.
- The Box Office and Main Lobby doors are not to be used at all.
- Occupancy limits will be posted in each classroom or laboratory. Limits are not to be exceeded.
- Special accommodations may be made for students that need to use the elevator. Only TWO people are allowed to use the elevator at a time.
Entering the building:
From the 6th ave door – West Stairs:
- The Francis Booth Experimental Theatre and the Costume Shop are located in the basement. Use the West Stairs to go down and follow the signs. Once in the basement, the Francis Booth Experimental Theatre is at the end of the left branch of the hallway and the Costume Shop is at the end of the right branch.
- The Scene Shop, the New Design Studio (old greenroom), and the Make-up Classroom are on the main floor to the right as you enter the building. The Scene Shop will be to the left, the Make-up classroom is in the dressing room hallway, and the Design Studio is in the old greenroom on the right.
- The School of Theatre Office, the Student Resource Center, and the Performance Lab (Room 224) are on the second floor. Use the West Stairs to go up and follow the signs.
Exiting a classroom:
- The Francis Booth Experimental Theatre has two exits. If you need to head to campus, you may use the fire exit in the far corner of the room which will open onto the metered parking lot at the front of the building. If you need to go somewhere else in the building, you will need to go past the Costume Shop and up the East Stairs to the first floor only. If you need to continue going up to the Second Floor, you will need to go to the West Stairs first.
- The Costume Shop exits to the left and up the East Stairs. If you need to get to the Francis Booth Experimental Theatre, you may exit to the right and go to the other end of the hallway.
- The Scene Shop, the New Design Studio (old greenroom), and the Make-up Classroom, which are on the main floor will use the West Stairs to go up or down. To exit the building, they will use the East Stairs and go down to the door marked exit.
- All rooms on the second floor will go down the East Stairs to the first floor or the exit door. If you need to continue going down to the basement, you will need to go to the West Stairs first.
As in other buildings across campus, students are asked to wipe down any surfaces (including equipment) that they touched during their classes. This includes sound and light control systems, sewing machines, hand tools, props, etc. Disinfecting wipes will be made available on all floors of our building.
There won’t be any live public performances. The size of any invited audience will be limited to appropriate social distancing as defined by the University and the Governor. Audience members will be required to wear masks the entire time they are in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, including during the performance, and they must sit only in designated seats. In all cases, performances will be advertised with information for watching the streamed performance.
The public will be able to watch streamed performances on Vimeo. The performances may be live-streamed or recorded for posting later.
Additional information links:
- Marshall Coronavirus information page: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/
- Return to Campus guide: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/return-to-campus-spring-2021/
- Online Safety Training: https://www.marshall.edu/safety/accessing-online-training/