COVID-19 Update – March 31

We thank you for your patience as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The last 2 weeks were busy for us: on Monday, March 16th all classes were suspended for 4 days, allowing “social distancing” and a stop to gathering as a community to take place, and to give our administration time to develop a plan for completion of the 2019-20 program year online. By Friday, March 20th, we had implemented a robust plan for digital program delivery and closed the campus indefinitely to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

These plans for alternative instructional delivery methods ensure our students are safe and completing their training. One-on-one voice coaching with our Voice Faculty is conducted through video chat, our dance class demonstrations are prerecorded on video, and acting classes have been conducted in groups on Zoom. We executed a chat with 51 students successfully, which gives us a sense that we will be able to continue training while staying connected to the CCPA family daily from across Canada.

Over the past week we have transferred the remainder of our program to a digital format. We have embraced a blend of online sessions, video lectures, video demonstrations for practice, and assignments . It has been an exciting exploration into the world of digital learning, and has put our flexibility and creative muscles to good use to see all that is possible. We are fortunate to live in a world of technology and look forward to seeing what creativity and ingenuity can bring to the medium as we explore performance practice in the weeks ahead.

We hired a campus counsellor, Joan Dosso, who started working with us on March 8th. Given the increasing level of anxiety in our community, she is an important addition to our team as she remains available to our students online over the remainder of the term and continues to support their mental health.

Our year-end production of Disney’s Newsies has been cancelled. All tickets that were purchased through the RMTS by credit card have been issued a refund. Any cash or debit purchases that were refunded after the RMTS closed for in person transactions are being sent a cheque.

If you then wish to support the College redirecting your ticket purchase, please head to Tax receipts will be issued.

This situation is dynamic, and we will continue to respond to recommendations from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Advanced Education. We ask the patience of our subscribers, patrons and donors as we transition to a new model of operations.
We want to thank our donors and partners for their support in this precarious time. We appreciate your continued support and want to let you know how much it matters to us.

At the same time, we want to bring your attention to our colleagues from across Canada. So many organizations and artists have been deeply impacted in an effort to protect our society and flatten the curve of the pandemic.

Locally, our artistic partners at the Belfry Theatre, Chemainus Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Puente Theatre, Story Theatre, and Theatre SKAM have been forced to cancel public performances, tours, classes for youth, and more. As we all look at an uncertain future, we ask that you consider supporting the organizations that have provided not only our alumni and students numerous opportunities, but are core to the vital arts and culture community the region is known for. It remains unclear how long it will be before they (like us) can open their doors to the public once again.

Please click on their names above to learn more about each of them, as well as look across the country at other arts organizations. Or donate to the AFC to support individual artists.

We can all agree on the importance of the performing arts, and know that we’ll be needing it more than ever before when we are able to connect and gather together again.

Please stay safe and healthy and continue to follow all the guidelines until we can all come together as an audience again.

Caleb Marshall
Managing Artistic Director

Heather Burns
Director of Education and Programming