How Do Patrons, Community Partners, and Peer Theaters Want to Experience Theater in a Changing Public Health Environment?
ECTP's Covid Impact Response Survey
At the very end of 2020, ECTP had just finished a devising process via Zoom to develop a digital version of The Truer History of the Chan Family, something we envisioned our audiences could safely view online. Since we could no longer present a live performance during the Covid-19 pandemic, we pivoted to a virtual one. We were about to go into production when the January 2021 Covid-19 surge hit. Ugh. We decided to postpone until the public health landscape became safe to create again.
But when would that be? What kind of health and safety protocols could we expect? Would audiences return? If they did return, what kind of theater experience would they want?
To answer these questions we went to our best source: our community. In August 2021 we emailed surveys tailored to three core groups: our Patrons, Peer Producers, and Community Partners. You will see our overarching takeaways and our detailed analyses in the reports that follow.
We're delighted to be able to share our findings with you. Feel free to download the ECTP Patron Survey, ECTP Community Partner Survey, or the ECTP Peer Producer Survey below.
Thank you to all who responded with such generosity and candor to our questions. Special thanks to the Ronald H. Epstein Foundation and the Phyllis C. Wattis Covid Relief Fund for their support. And a special shout out of appreciation to survey specialist, Shauna Satnick, whose superb analyses power our findings.