Updated: March 9, 2021

A Message from Rob Bailis, Artistic & Executive Director, The Broad Stage

Dear Friends,  
As we mark the one-year anniversary of being safer-at-home, it is incredibly heartening to see that measurable progress is being made toward the end of the pandemic — the days are moving faster now and feeling more hopeful too. While the precise time frame is still a bit ambiguous, we can now safely say that we will see you soon! 
The Broad Stage has endured the extreme challenges of this time because you have stood by us, and for that we are deeply grateful. Refashioning ourselves as a digital stage meant setting out into uncharted territory, and that may have been the most visible shift. Equally important have been the bold steps we've begun to take toward a more inclusive view of our shared human potential and the tone that sets for our future as an arts organization, one filled with a profoundly diverse array of world class artists coming to our stage and a renewed commitment to discovering what our community is capable of when we work together.   
The year has been filled with unforgettable moments, including Scott Silven's interactive illusions in The Journey, the one and only Arturo Sandoval performing a concert filmed live on our stage with no audience, our first drive-in with Dance Camera West "Best of the Fest" international dance film festival, Heartbeat Opera's livestreamed visual album Breathing Free and Red Hen Press Poetry Hour featuring State and National Poet Laureates, skillfully hosted by Sandra Tsing Loh. Our wonderful Members also enjoyed a star-studded Holiday Extravaganza, a Glass/Schubert listening party with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, special Salon Series talks with artists and more.   
Over the remaining Spring months, we anticipate continued digital programming, followed by small outdoor events later in the Summer, larger outdoor events by the Fall and, with any luck in Winter, a return to indoor performances. Please know, however, that a return to live, in-person performance requires the reboot of an entire industry. We cannot ignore the impact on our sector, including excessive job loss, impinged creative processes of artists, travel and touring restrictions and the dramatic loss of organizational income.    
The Broad Stage is definitely not immune to these challenges, but we are full of optimism and ambition. We will know more as the state and county provide guidelines for reopening, and you will be the first to hear about our plans.   
In the meantime, please stay tuned for exciting new programming announcements at the end of the month. 
Rob Bailis
Artistic & Executive Director 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is The Broad Stage permitted to re-open?

We are planning to begin our in-theater performances in Winter 2021 at the earliest, but are also working on some exciting outdoor events before then and will continue programs online. As an ancillary unit of Santa Monica College, we work in close partnership with and follow the protocols of the college. We and Santa Monica College are responding to advice and directives from local, state and federal agencies, including the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, with regards to reopening the campus and our theaters, and keeping our public safe.

What changes will you be making at the theaters?

We have plenty of time to track COVID-19’s continuing impact on our community. As performances draw nearer, as necessary and prudent, we will make adjustments to ensure your comfort and safety.

We don’t know yet what measures will be necessary. These are some of the changes we are talking about:

  • Hand sanitizer stations (already installed)
  • No-contact ticket scanning
  • Masks worn by all staff
  • Masks worn by all patrons
  • All doors touched by staff only
  • Timed or staggered entry to reduce congestion
  • Limited capacity
  • Late seating limited to aisles, so patrons don’t have to climb over each other
  • Digital programs
  • Continual cleaning of surfaces

What happens if I can’t use my Member benefits because performances are cancelled?

Discount tickets are just one benefit of Membership. We have added special opportunities for our Members to interact with staff and artists through video chats during the quarantine period and beyond. We hope these exclusive events will keep us all connected to each other and the art and artists we love.

Your Membership is important, especially now. As a presenter and producer, The Broad Stage is a critical part of the arts ecology. We support artists by providing them a space to develop work and ideas and to engage with our local community. By planning shows—virtual and in-person—featuring local, national and international talent, we continue to do our part to support artists during this period when they need us most. Your donation also keeps our dedicated staff employed, to make it all happen and give you the best experience possible. We hope that you will continue to be generous.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Our Patron Services department is here to help you. Please email your questions to patronservices@thebroadstage.org


Our Priorities

Safety comes first

The safety and personal comfort of our patrons are paramount. We are working with artists on safe, outdoor events and will not resume indoor performances until health authorities allow it and we are confident we can move forward with minimal risk to patrons, artists and staff.

Things will not go back to normal as early as we had hoped, but we will create a new normal together. For now, we can share what we do know.

We understand
  • Public safety recommendations from the authorities are changing often.
  • Your health and/or personal safety standards could change.
  • Artists' ability to travel could change.
  • Our need to connect with one another is stronger than ever.
We're in this together
  • We are making our performances as safe as possible for our artists, audiences and staff, even if that means we can only present virtually.
  • We will not schedule in-person events unless we are able to meet or exceed all safety guidelines.
  • We offer sick pay to our staff, so they don’t feel compelled to work if they are not feeling well.
  • We are flexible in all of our plans; we ask that you are too.
  • We ask that you follow all safety guidelines when we reopen.
  • We ask that you stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • We ask that you listen to instructions provided by staff on site.