Important Message from School Director Eric van Baars

Eric van Baars
Dear Students in the School of Theatre and Dance,

We are in a most curious time. I know you are all concerned about the university’s measures to curtail the virus and the impact on your courses and progress toward your degrees. I assure you we are working as diligently as possible to ensure the best delivery of your education in the coming weeks. Please know that all university decisions have been made to ensure your health and safety and to make sure your education continues.

In order to keep you all safe, faculty and staff will begin working remotely with you, so that your coursework remains continuous. The university’s objective is to allow individuals to maintain distance. Having said that, studios and labs in the Center for the Performing Arts will not be accessible as a precautionary measure. Please know that this will not impact your time to graduation or progress in your courses. I am currently working with your faculty to revise syllabi so learning outcomes are still met, but with adjusted and flexible expectations.

Scheduled performances will not be taking place during this time, but we will be working to consider rescheduling, if at all possible. All guest residencies / program auditions and recruitment events are also cancelled. I understand how disappointing this is for many of you but at the same time, I am filled with hope that our community and nation will see a decrease is transmission and we will return to practice and routine quickly. As a student said to me this afternoon, “When entire countries shut down, you know it’s real.”

If you need to speak with your faculty advisor, please email them, as no face-to-face meetings will be taking place until further notice. Your academic advisor, Kyle Lovell will also advise via email or other communication to ensure you are able to register for the appropriate coursework in the fall. For those of you who already have scheduled face-to-face meetings with Kyle this week and next, please call his office at your scheduled time so that you may keep your appointment. Please call 330-672-0083 at your scheduled appointment time.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me, the School staff, or your faculty should you have any questions during this time.

I will stay in contact with you to keep you updated on the latest information.

I am reminded that 50 years ago, our campus survived a closure that taught us all the lessons of learning, inquiry and reflection. Values we still uphold today. Flashes do take care of Flashes. We are resilient and we will get through this together. Know that I and everyone in the school is here for you.

In support,

Eric van Baars
Director, School of Theatre and Dance


For full information regarding the cancellation of in-person classes, the cancellation of events, and details on COVID-19, please visit the link below.

Access the University COVID-19 Page

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 2:39pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 2:40pm