Designers bring together Freelance Theater Creatives #View Scene – Variety1 min read
A team of top American theater designers has brought together designers and provided resources for how they can navigate changes across the theater sector, forming an online forum called #SenseChange.
# Season Change will provide a platform for all theater set and costume designers – established and emerging, collaborators and collaborators. It also provides a place for freelance creatives from all theater branches to participate in dialogue, share experiences and tackle challenges ahead.
The platform will host a number of events centered on Zoom within the theater community to discuss and share experiences about the impact of COVID-19.
Freelance creative artists make up the bulk of the theatrical ecology – of the 290,000 jobs in the U.S. theater industry, for example, more than two-thirds are independent or self-employed.
As a visual artist, designers come up with a unique skill set that can help re-imagine theater spaces as the art navigates the way back to live performances. # The purpose of Season Change is to engage positively with builders, directors and producers across the country, to return the process to production and to support it.
The COVID-19 crisis highlights the already precarious nature of the theater industry, with freelance workers particularly badly affected. Platform organizers note, there is also a moment to reset the industry and examine the issues that hinder freelance creatives