Now that we’ve survived the Ides of March, it’s time to turn our attention to the biggest event of the month: World Theater Day!
Celebrated each year on March 27th, the annual event was started in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute in an effort “to promote the art form – dance or theatre – to the world, to make people aware of the value of the art form, to enable the theatre or dance community to promote their work on a broad scale so that opinion leaders in the government and the political sphere are aware of the value of the art form and support it, to enjoy the art form – dance or theatre – all over the world and to share joy with others.”
Each year, a world-renowned figure from the arts community crafts a message to be translated into over 20 languages and shared across the globe to tens of thousands of theater fans. This year’s message comes courtesy of legendary stage, screen, and television actress Dame Helen Mirren. Read the inspiring message here.
Though our beloved theaters still remain closed and celebrating with a live theater performance is not an option, here are five ways you can still get your theatrical fix from the comfort of home!
One of the main reasons we’ve been able to survive being theater-less during the pandemic, Broadway HD records and distributes live theater performances and previously recorded theatrical productions through its platform. Anytime is curtain time with this on-demand service. Featuring titles from over 20 different categories, Broadway HD is currently offering a 7-day free trial so this weekend could be the perfect opportunity to give the service a test drive.
Broadway lost one of its greats on February 23rd when theater producer Gary Gunas passed away in his home in London, but his theatrical memories live on with this delightful series from Playbill. Alongside his partner of 40 years Bill Rosenfield, Gunas recounts stories from the front row of some of Broadway’s biggest hits and gives an insider’s view on what was going on backstage. Hearing first-hand stories about some of Broadway’s biggest legends is sure to fill your World Theater Day with joy.
Arriving just as the pandemic blues began to hit in summer 2020, Broadway On Demand is a virtual performing arts complex with a variety of programming options from live-recorded Broadway shows to content from partnerships with individual artists, concert series, performance venues, and producing entities around the world. That’s right- all on demand. They offer an array of archived and live streaming events, including exclusive performances to backstage access to interactive masterclasses, and much more.
Created in 2010 by New York actors Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, “Submissions Only” is a web sitcom that shows viewers what really goes on off stage. Following the friendship of two theater professionals as they try to build careers in the notoriously tricky and often absurd world of Broadway and featuring a host of guest stars including Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Urie, Bobby Cannavale, Judith Light, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera, Jeremy Jordan, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Submissions Only” just made all three seasons worth of episodes available for free. Relive hilarious memories or discover this delightful sitcom about the business of show for the first time this weekend on YouTube!
- PREMIERE A NEW SONG!!
What better way to celebrate world theater day than by writing something new? After an unprecedented year and the first announcement of the theater’s return, we are sure you have plenty of inspiration to craft a brand new song to celebrate the joy of theater. We’d love to hear what you come up with so make sure you share your final product with us on our Facebook page!
To borrow from the words of the great Dame Helen Mirren, “We can’t wait!”
P.S. If you’re primarily a lyricist, that’s okay too! Share your lyrics and see if any of our composing members are inspired. World Theater 2021 may be the start of a new writing team!
P.P.S For even more tips like these, check out The TheaterMakers Studio.