UPDATED: May 21, 2020

Read Our COVID-19 FAQs

The Broad Stage is working hand-in-hand with Santa Monica College, the City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles County and performing arts venues throughout the region on how to return safely to live, public performances. Santa Monica College’s campus remains closed through the Fall, which includes the theaters located at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center: The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage’s main stage, The Edye Second Space, and The East Wing. Therefore, The Broad Stage has postponed the start of its in-theater 2020/21 Season until January 2021, with the hopeful exception of one outdoor, physically distanced event in the Fall and a robust selection of digital offerings beginning in July 2020. 

The safety and personal comfort of our customers are paramount. We want you to be able to purchase tickets with confidence, and know that you are guaranteed refunds for cancelled performances or even if you have a change of heart due to uncertainties associated with gathering in person. We hope that you will invest in the future with us by buying tickets now, in support of the artists we champion on our stages and the broader community which we serve.

In January, things will not go back to normal, 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 could change.
  • Your health and/or personal safety standards could change.
  • Artists' ability to travel could change.

We’re in this together
  • We will make our theaters as safe as possible for our audiences and staff. 
  • We will offer free exchanges or refunds if patrons are not feeling well or feel unsafe, gathering restrictions are reinstated, or an artist must postpone or cancel a performance. 
  • We will offer sick pay to our staff, so they don’t feel compelled to work if they are not feeling well.
  • We will stay flexible in all of our plans; we ask that you do 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is The Broad Stage permitted to re-open?
We are planning to begin our in-theater 2020/21 Season in January, but are planning for an outdoor event in Fall 2020 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?
Delaying the start of our season gives us several months 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
  • Concessions pre-order to reduce contact
  • 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 are adding 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.

At this time, we don’t have enough information to know if we will be extending Membership expiration. Your donation allows us to present artists on our stages or online, and also to keep 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. 

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 new or existing work and ideas and to engage with our local community. By planning a season featuring local, national and international talent, we will continue to do our part in supporting artists during this period when they need us the most. 

What happens if I purchase tickets and local health ordinances change?  
By purchasing tickets to our 2020/21 Season, you’re investing in the future of The Broad Stage and the extraordinary artists we present. If conditions require that we have to cancel performances, or you decide that you feel uncomfortable attending, you are guaranteed your money back, or you may choose to donate your tickets to support The Broad Stage or keep credit on account for future performances. 

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