During this long pandemic, theatre organizations have to balance crucial safety with crafting an absorbing theatrical production for a new online viewership. Since our late-March shut down, Broadway Media launched a new platform (ShowStream), which endeavored to help theatre makers create media-rich content for streaming over OVP through online ticketing agencies.
We’ve learned a lot since this initial release, and it’s mostly good news! It has reaffirmed that theatre makers continue to be incredibly industrious and make brilliant productions online on very limited budgets. It also seems that we’ve found a permanent new way to expand access to audiences (and revenue) when we’re back performing in-person a little more permanently.
In addition, numerous schools and organizations have proven that it is possible (even with the virus as infectious as it is), that there are steps to take for a safe, distanced, in-person performance. In fact, we were able to pilot Aaron Rhyne’s Anastasia projections in December 2020 (you can see an image of the production above)!
While we’ve seen schools and organizations use every available means to keep their calendars packed with performances, we’ve spent our time researching the most effective ways to present online – and we want to share it with you.
So, here’s our guide. It includes affordable software and hardware recommendations for virtual readings and onstage performances, with tips for setting up, and additional resources for making productions media-rich and feel as theatrical as possible. For theaters who haven’t tried this yet: streaming is a many-stepped process, but it’s not very difficult. Once you’ve done it once using the tools mentioned in our downloadable guide, you’ll be able to repeat your approach time and time again!
If you need additional assistance with digital scenery for virtual or staged productions, click here.
P.S. If you like the guide, please pass it on! We don’t make any money from camera hardware or software (but we do, of course, from scenery). We just want to help!
Download the guide