What is Blackout?
Hi! My name is Kathleen Stanton-Sharpless and I am a passionate member of the theater community at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove FL. Through the Bowden Fellowship in the Humanities provided by my school, I was able to pursue a research project about the theater community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Beyond highlighting the struggles faced by Broadway and actors, I wanted to focus on how regional theaters and backstage workers were, and are, affected. The industry as a whole has been going through a major shift. With many new struggles emerging for theaters during the ongoing shutdown, the community has found new ways of overcoming financial and creative barriers.
I hope my research will inspire you to consider how the persistence of theater throughout times of unprecedented hardship indicates humanity's need to creative.