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Theatre Instruction | Responsible Reopening

Theatre Instruction and Performances Reopening Information

As we look forward to the return of face-to-face instruction and of our students to campus, there will be numerous changes to the day-to-day operations on campus which prioritizes the safety of all. This page will focus specifically on plans regarding theatre instruction and performances.

Department of Theatre Reopening FAQs

  1. How can I access Giese/Cope?

    Everyone is asked to do a self-assessment of their general health and recent travel before entering the building. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms should not enter any campus building and immediately inform the Student Health Center by calling (330) 823-2692 or reach out to your primary healthcare provider. Please call the Student Health Center or your primary healthcare provider BEFORE going to their offices.


    COVID-19 Symptoms include:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea


    Building Access Protocols

    Students with a class or meeting inside the Giese Center for the Performing Arts and faculty and staff who work in the building are permitted to be in the building. Any visitors must have advance permission to be permitted in the building. This includes family members and friends. Unfortunately, hallways are now not a place to congregate and socialize. Please only use them as a way to get from one place to another. Face coverings must be worn in all parts of the building, 6 ft. social distancing must be practiced when possible, and hands must be washed regularly for 20-seconds by faculty, staff, students, and visitors while inside campus buildings, including Cope/Giese. When hand washing is not possible, hand sanitizer stations are located outside of Brush Hall, in the restrooms, and outside of room 114 in the building.

  2. Are there limitations to entering the VPA Office and faculty studios?

    It is especially important that VPA Office visits are made only when absolutely necessary to protect our VPA administrative assistant and our student workers. The VPA office is not to be used as a conversation lounge.

  3. Can faculty and staff use the VPA copier?

    All faculty and staff are asked to limit copying though the use of electronic documents. House and deliver assignments, quizzes, and tests through D2L whenever possible.

  4. Can I visit faculty in their offices or shops?

    Yes, but for the health and safety of students and faculty, please make an appointment for faculty visits. If a drop-in visit is unavoidable, please knock on the faculty member’s door before entering. Always wear a face covering during any meetings.

  5. How will practice rooms be assigned?

    Students will reserve rooms and times through the VPA office. Only one student can occupy a practice room at a time. Rehearsing of more than one student at a time must be scheduled through the VPA Office in alternate spaces. Even if a practice door is open, no student will be allowed to use a practice room without having signed up for a time. Students should never enter the practice room wing outside of their assigned practice times.

    In addition to the practice room wing, students can sign up for one of the two Bica-Ross classrooms for practicie. All Cope practice room rules apply to these classrooms.


    In addition to in-house cleaning, practice rooms must be cleaned and disinfected by the user including:

    • Stands
    • Pianos
    • Light switches
    • Doorknobs
    • All touched surfaces
    • The user’s hands
  6. Are there other spaces in which students can practice?

    Students may also practice in their dorm rooms under the following conditions:

    • Students may practice for academic purposes during the hours of 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 7 – 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on weekends. If non-practicing students are disrupted by the volume of the sound, please contact your Resident Director to obtain ear plugs.

    Through the VPA administrative assistant, students may schedule the use of the Bica Ross classrooms as practice rooms between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Residents may not use this room without prior scheduling due to air quality concerns.

    Students, even within the above exceptions, are expected to act in a manner that demonstrates respect for the rights of others to sleep and study in their residence.

  7. How will classroom courses be held?

    As per the university’s campus-wide policy, “During each week of instruction, a portion of students in a given course will meet face-to-face in one class session, while the other portion participates and learns remotely. The next session meeting would have those two student groups switching places. Faculty members will be available to meet with students during office hours that will be held in-person and by phone or videoconference.” See more information on Academics Reopening.


    Also, according to the University's Facilities Responsible Reopening information, “Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected once each business day. Additional disinfecting of high contact areas will occur an additional two times each business day. Hand sanitizer stations will be installed inside or outside of every classroom and instructional lab, and plexiglass barriers will be installed at every instructor station in all classrooms and teaching labs. In addition, the University will provide sanitizing materials for faculty and students who would like to clean and disinfect their own desk, chair, or common area throughout the day.” See more information on Facilities Reopening.

  8. Will the Department of Theatre produce shows this fall?

    As of this writing, the Department of Theatre intends to produce two shows this semester - one live and one produced online. The live performance will be rehearsed with safety protocols in place, as with all classroom space at Mount Union. The virtual performance will rehearse online.


    A document will be given to each student participating in rehearsals and performances stating the safety protocols explicitly before any such activities begin.

  9. Will the Mount Union Players still be meeting?

    The Mount Union Players will meet online.