Wandering in the Wilderness our Spring Dance Concert Choreographed by Eric Kupers has been canceled for performances this year. The production will be postponed and remounted in Spring 2021.
Pilipinx Consciousness Night produced in cooperation with PASA and the Theatre and Dance Department has been canceled.
Hello Theatre and Dance Community,
If you haven't yet heard, Bay Area residents have been ordered by the state and county government to "Shelter in Place" through at least April 7th, to avoid further spreading of the Coronavirus. This is not a "lockdown," and essential services like grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, firefighters, police, and banks will remain open. Restaurants are being told to offer food only on a delivery or take-out basis. This order goes into effect at midnight tonight, and affects San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
All in-person classes, rehearsals, and group meetings now have to be moved online. Only essential campus personnel are allowed to come to campus to work starting tomorrow. I don't yet know what this means for students living in the dorms, but I believe you will be hearing from housing staff very soon to give instructions.
Here are some articles that outline what this means for the Bay Area and what activity will still be allowed:
Hello Theatre and Dance Community,
I hope you are managing okay with all that is going on with the Coronavirus.
I want you to know that our faculty and staff are communicating closely as events unfold, and are doing our best to act in the best interest of our whole community's health and wellness. Because there is so much going on, and so much information to wade through, it is sometimes taking us a while to provide updates. We'll do our best to keep you informed as we go forward.
The only news I have since my last update is that we had to cancel the first weekend of the Footloose production. There were a few students having cold or flu-like symptoms, and while they didn't seem to be in line with the symptoms for COVID-19, we felt we had to cancel this first weekend just to stay on the safe side.
Our hope is that everyone will recover and that we will be able to do the Footloose performances next weekend, with a very limited audience size, in order to maintain social distancing recommendations. But as you know, everything is changing very rapidly, so please keep checking in with us as things progress.
Most of our classes have moved online to avoid meeting in person. Some activity classes are still continuing to meet in person, and a number of classes are combining online and in-person formats. We're working on assembling a list of which classes are meeting in which way, but don't yet have all the information on that. Stay tuned.
Please do not come to campus if you are having any cold or flu-like symptoms, and instead, stay home and rest.
Because there is so much anxiety and confusion and rumors going around, please do your best to not post any information on social media about what's happening until you are sure you have all the facts. It's better to just refer people to our department office to get whatever info they need.
And please communicate closely with your professors.
If you have questions, need support, or just need some help finding the right person to get assistance from as the situation unfolds, please contact us by:
This is a rough time we're going through all over our planet. I encourage you to be kind and compassionate with yourself and each other. Often this kind of crisis stirs up all sorts of feelings, conflicts, and behavior patterns for many of us. I've heard lots of reports from folks about things like depression, anxiety, addiction, and similar issues being flared up, even if they don't seem to have any relation to Coronavirus. I encourage you to reach out to us, your other support people, and each other as much as you can. Even when we can't meet in person, we can connect and support each other. Using all of our tremendous, collective reserve of creativity, I believe we can get through this together.
Take good care,
Due to cast illness, we regret to announce that this weekend's performances of "Footloose" are canceled. However, we plan to proceed with performances next weekend. Those that purchased tickets in advance for March 13 & 14 are to contact point of purchase for a full refund.
There are no COVID-19 reported cases on the CSUEB campus. We have decided to cancel this weekend's performances as a preventive measure only. Please feel free to contact the Theatre & Dance Department at (510)885-3118.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and department.
Hello CSUEB Theatre and Dance Community,
If you haven't yet seen President Morishita's announcement of plans for CSUEB in response to the COVID-19 crisis, please find it below this message.
The basic summary is:
We want to support you all to stay healthy and to continue your work during this trying time. Our art can be a great gift to our communities in the midst of such crises, but we have to make sure to take good care of ourselves and each other so we can continue to share these gifts.
Please ask for clarification if anything is unclear. And keep washing those hands and doing all you can do to stay healthy.
Cal State East Bay Suspends In-Person Classes as of March 11, 2020
A message to the Cal State East Bay university community:
To date, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 affecting any Cal State East Bay campus and the health risk to the general public remains low.
The health of our students, staff, and faculty always guides our decision making. Equally important is our mission that we provide our students with a quality academic experience and support the completion of their degrees. We have been in regular contact with the Alameda and Contra Costa departments of public health as well as the California State Department of Public Health.
Although guidance from these departments of public health have not recommended limiting in-person instruction, recent announcements by other local universities have amplified concerns within our community. After consulting with the leadership of the Academic Senate and Associated Students, Incorporated, the university is taking the following actions for all three East Bay campuses beginning Wednesday, March 11. Our goal is to reduce the density of people on campus in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
March 11-March 15:
All in-person lecture, discussion, and seminar courses are to be moved online. To allow preparation time, all of these courses are canceled through the end of this week. Instruction will resume on Monday, March 16 at the regularly scheduled date and time.
While most activity, workshop, lab, and studio courses may not permit alternative modalities and will continue to meet in person, those that can be taught in alternative modalities should move online. Faculty will be advised on how to manage instruction in a safe environment.
Courses currently offered online will continue as scheduled.
All faculty should notify their students of the next class session.
All campus operations including the University Libraries, Housing, Dining Services, and Student Health & Counseling Services will remain open. Advising and tutoring will continue to be provided online, in-person and by phone.
University facilities remain available to students needing to participate in their courses.
At this time, all athletic events will proceed as planned.
Faculty support for these changes can be found at our Online Campus website that provides resources for using online tools and obtaining technical support.
March 16-April 12:
All redesigned in-person courses proceed online at their scheduled day and time.
The campus operations will remain open.
Spring break remains March 30 to April 2.
Wednesday, April 8
A decision will be made whether to continue with these revised modalities based on the latest COVID-19 information at that time.
All campuses will remain open. During this time staff and faculty should maintain their presence on campus. Please check our Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) website regularly for routine updates and illness prevention information.
In closing, I would ask each of you to take good care of yourselves and of each other as we learn more about COVID-19. Spreading misinformation and stereotypes will only feed into greater fear. Maintaining the health and safety of our Cal State East Bay community remains our greatest priority and each of us can play a part in helping us to stay informed and prepared. We can and must support each other in a creative, positive and collaborative manner.
Questions can be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs at email@example.com
Leroy M. Morishita
Hello Theatre and Dance Community,
I want to let you know that we are monitoring what's happening with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation in relationship to our campus' activities. The situation is changing very rapidly, so we ask that you stay in close touch with your professors and keep checking your email for updates.
We are aware that a number of college campuses in the Bay Area have moved all or most instruction online. We have not yet been asked to do that at CSUEB. The President and/or Provost are expected to make an announcement about CSUEB's response to this crisis later today. Keep a lookout for that.
In the meantime, our classes, rehearsals, and performances are continuing as planned. If you are not feeling well, or think you might have been exposed to the virus, please stay home and let your professors know right away.
The main strategy for reducing the impact of this virus on the Bay Area is to reduce the amount of large group gatherings that take place and to encourage everyone to practice extra good hygiene (i.e. Wash your hands!)
I would also add that staying as calm as possible is going to be helpful, no matter what happens going forward. Stress can compromise our immune systems, and so whatever you do to cultivate equanimity, that is time well spent!
Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.
The Theatre and Dance Department has a performance-oriented program offering undergraduate students, unparalleled opportunity to perform in major department productions beginning in their first year. Our campus is the most diverse in the entire CSU system and we have one of the most innovative theatre and dance curriculums in the state.
Former students work professionally and hold teaching positions locally and across the nation in Acting, Dance, Technical Theater, Design and Stage Management.