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Theater Department Reflects on a Year of Remote Performances

One year after the College community transitioned to online learning and the theater industry was upended, three professors from Swarthmore’s Theater Department gathered to discuss the challenges, discoveries, and strategies that have emerged as they navigate this new landscape. 

Reflecting on their work at Swarthmore and beyond, directors K. Elizabeth Stevens and Alex Torra and set designer Matt Saunders explored what this year has taught them about the creative process, collaboration, and care. This seven-minute video shares a few salient clips from that 45-minute conversation, which can be viewed in full here.

Since March 2020, the Theater Department has presented six virtual shows for audiences around the world, including a play performed for no one at all, a new play about cults that used a fictional website and social media accounts to help tell the story, and a restaging of an ancient Greek drama with a volunteer chorus of 31 Swarthmore community members. Earlier this month, the department premiered its first hybrid show, with both in-person and virtual audiences, and it is planning to return to a fully in-person season next academic year.

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