After much deliberation, the Newport Theater decided to close its doors to the public starting on March 15 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

However, as a non-profit committed to supporting artists, we understand how critical it is to support freelancers/gig-based workers as they face an unprecedented period where they cannot pay rent, bills, and more after losing thousands of dollars of work with limited hope for resuming regular work in the near future. 

Our initial approach was to offer live-streaming services to artists during closures, but were limited when a stay-at-home order was put in place in the city of Chicago. 

However, now as we approach Phase 4 in Chicago (25% of capacity), we're looking to explore ways to safely provide theater jobs to our collective of artists/producers while simultaneously providing live theater with a thoughtful safety plan that errs on the side of caution. 

The funds raised here will go toward:

- Providing a sanitized performance space and dressing room area for patrons and performers and explore a customized, no-contact approach to limited-seating public performances. 

- Helping us provide sanitized space for artists to independently record their work for digital shows

- Provide work for artists at a guaranteed rate 

In light of the recent conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in nightlife performance spaces, we feel it's important you know our plan to uplift Black voices (and other marginalized groups) before asking for your financial support. The Newport has the following programs underway:

- Reinforce the language that is already included in all contracts that highlights a zero tolerance policy for sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, fat-phobia, and xenophobia. 

- Developing a feedback form for patrons, artists, and producers to inform us about their experience at the Newport Theater and hiring a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity specialist to mediate issues raised in these forms with artists/producers. 

- Donating theater space/time to Black artists during all pandemic phases and establishing an ongoing donated rental to BIPOC artists/producers once normal schedule resumes

- As suggested by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion specialist Shimmy la Roux, developing and publicly sharing our incident report forms, values agreement, and resolution strategy with artists and producers.

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Help Newport Theater Provide Services for Artists during Corona

by Tight Five Productions, NFP


After much deliberation, the Newport Theater decided to close its doors to the public starting on March 15 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

However, as a non-profit committed to supporting artists, we understand how critical it is to support freelancers/gig-based workers as they face an unprecedented period where they cannot pay rent, bills, and more after losing thousands of dollars of work with limited hope for resuming regular work in the near future. 

Our initial approach was to offer live-streaming services to artists during closures, but were limited when a stay-at-home order was put in place in the city of Chicago. 

However, now as we approach Phase 4 in Chicago (25% of capacity), we're looking to explore ways to safely provide theater jobs to our collective of artists/producers while simultaneously providing live theater with a thoughtful safety plan that errs on the side of caution. 

The funds raised here will go toward:

- Providing a sanitized performance space and dressing room area for patrons and performers and explore a customized, no-contact approach to limited-seating public performances. 

- Helping us provide sanitized space for artists to independently record their work for digital shows

- Provide work for artists at a guaranteed rate 

In light of the recent conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in nightlife performance spaces, we feel it's important you know our plan to uplift Black voices (and other marginalized groups) before asking for your financial support. The Newport has the following programs underway:

- Reinforce the language that is already included in all contracts that highlights a zero tolerance policy for sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, fat-phobia, and xenophobia. 

- Developing a feedback form for patrons, artists, and producers to inform us about their experience at the Newport Theater and hiring a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity specialist to mediate issues raised in these forms with artists/producers. 

- Donating theater space/time to Black artists during all pandemic phases and establishing an ongoing donated rental to BIPOC artists/producers once normal schedule resumes

- As suggested by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion specialist Shimmy la Roux, developing and publicly sharing our incident report forms, values agreement, and resolution strategy with artists and producers.