Colvin Theatrical is a regional theatre based in Grand Rapids, MI. Their virtual theatre festivals, simultaneously broadcast online and on local TV, have created a new outlet for theatre artists in a time of shutdowns, while also creating a model for commercializing theaters. Etudes co-editor-in-chief Julia Moriarty was able to sit down with founder Cody Colvin to discuss the machinations of a recent theatre festival, Overcoming Isolation, in which she also participated as a director.
The Women's Theatre Festival is a North Carolina-based company that has been innovating in the digital theatre realm throughout 2020. Jennifer Goff spoke with Johanna Maynard Edwards (she/her), Executive Artistic Director of The Women’s Theatre Festival, Rowen Haigh (she/her), Board Member and Director of Regional Engagement for The Women’s Theatre Festival and Co-Director of the WTF production of Freakshow, and Rachel Pottern Nunn (she/her), Co-Director of the WTF Production of Freakshow by Carson Kreitzer. Freakshow ran May 29-June 6, the first fully online production launched by WTF. In July, WTF would go on to run a month-long, entirely online festival, including numerous workshops and panels, as well as 23 live fringe festival performances.