• Cristee Cook

Get your art fix: virtual events and classes in theatre and film.

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

[Updated Friday, April 24, 2020]

An incredible aspect of humanity is showing up as the globe deals with quarantine, a mysterious virus, and an uncertain future: the arts are our balm. We seem to be rallying around virtual opportunities to soak up the hopeful connection that only the arts can provide.

Luckily, artists are adaptable. Let’s face it, most of the artists I know can take limited resources and create magnificent experiences. These virtual offerings are just that – evolutions to continue creating beauty in the world despite a global pandemic.

Here’s a list of a few select offerings to feed your soul:

Virtual Offerings in THEATRE:

Stage West presents The Children by Lucy Kirkwood. In a seaside cottage on the east coast of England, a pair of retired nuclear scientists are startled by the reappearance of a former colleague. As crackers and wine are trotted out, so are remembered stories, old jealousies, and haunting secrets, all leading to the true reason for this sudden visit. The evening will be revelatory and the fallout will be cataclysmic. Brave, humane, and beautifully written, this play confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves the world.

Now available for streaming through Wednesday, April 29, 11:59 pm.

Watch here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/stagewest.

Use offer code RADIANT for $15 tickets.

Stomping Ground Comedy Theatre is offering a weeknight (M-F at 9pm CST) social group called The Social Connection. Every weeknight until the end of quarantine, Stomping Ground Comedy Theater & Training Center hosts The Social Connection, an online social support group led by therapist Andrea Baum, M.Ed, LPC and a comedian from a rotating group of improv instructors. This online social group is meant to provide an outlet for adults to vent, gain support, connect through empathy, laughter, and gratitude, interactive games, and learning new ways to cope during this period of uncertainty and isolation. Pay What You Can with a suggested donation of $20 per class. While it is a one-time class, participants are welcome to drop in as many weeknights as they’d like until the end of quarantine. 18+. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stomping-ground-comedy-14817200407.

Cry Havoc Theater Company, Dallas' socially conscious teen company has launched Project Ghostlight - a virutal open-mic night experience is open to all ages (young and the young at heart). Prompts will be released each Monday night. Submit your best two minutes of material - a poem, a song, a monologue, a story - you name it! Then, show up online on Thursday evening and share your work with a live audience. Visit Cry Havoc's website for submission guidelines. If you'd like to participate as a virtual audience member, grab your ticket here.

Ochre House Theater presents a virtual screening of LA MUERTE DE DON QUIXOTE, written and directedby Artistic Director Matthew Posey, and choreographed by Antonio Arrebola,

The Dallas Flamenco Festival Artistic Director. This is a rousing rendition of the classic story of Don Quixote combining world renowned Flamenco dancers and musicians, along with the diverse and talented performance company at Ochre House.

Now streaming on Ochre House Theater's YouTube channel through May 8, 2020.

Ochre House Theatre's 'La Muerte De Don Quixote' | Pictured: Delilah Arrebola. Antonio Arrebola. Jose Cortes | Photo: Trent Stephenson

Virtual Screening Rooms (FILM):

Texas Theatre is offering Virtual Screening Rooms with a rotating schedule of new releases. Virtual tickets range from $11.50-12, and include a 2 or 3-day rental period, depending on the film. See the schedule and get your virtual movie tickets at Texas Theatre's Virtual Screening Room.

The Grand Berry Theater is offering most of this year’s South By Southwest Film Festival’s short films online. The streams are complimentary. The Grand Berry is also offering a wide selection of current releases in their virtual screening room. You can find the complete listing at The Grand Berry Theater's virtual screening room.

New Online Classes in ALL Genres:

Stage West education courses are a fun and creativity-enhancing way to learn the arts of theater, improvisation, and public speaking. The theater company is offering a variety of free courses through May, including Intro to Voice Acting, Sense Memory, The Joy of Creative Writing, Uplifiting the Spirit Through Creativity, and more. Classes are 18+. For class descriptions, the schedule, and registration information, please visit Stage West online.

Join Cara Mia Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director David Lozano for a 30-minute opportunity to calm the mind, center attention on the present moment and connect with your authentic self. David will guide viewers via Facebook Live through a process that he uses for preparing actors for performance. These performance tools may help individuals reduce stress and improve one’s capacity for mental clarity during stressful times. Open to everyone. 2 sessions in May. Please RSVP on Facebook.

From one of Dallas’ stalwart writing groups, The Writers Garret comes Small Wonders with Lisa Huffaker. Beginning April 28, 2020, Small Wonders is a family friendly, 6-week online project involving a live weekly workshop, as well as on-going activities via social media. Using writing and conversation to transform the ordinary objects around us into magical doorways, to enter the greater world or create whole new worlds, the clourse is led by Lisa Huffaker: a poet, musician, and artist whose work investigates the overlap and harmonic relationship between things-in-the-world and the meanings we give them. Free and open to all ages and abilities, but registration is required.


If you are a D/FW based artist in Studio Art, Film, or Theatre - please let us know about your virtual events and we will add them to this list.

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