This week on Breeze TV, we finish up on our two-part story of JMU’s theatre department and how they’re handling the pandemic with such a hands-on concentration.

We begin with the costume department, headed by Costume Manager Kathleen Conery. Ms. Conery emphasizes the importance of being able to choose between in-person or online education. Those transitioning online are able to continue at home with a personal sewing kit, whilst those in person are working on stocking up the costume shops inventory. Any student can choose to go online if they feel uncomfortable.

Moving over to the studio theatre, we got to sit down with Electric Shop Supervisor, Steven Spera. Mr. Spera goes over the complex situation of teaching familiarity of advanced equipment along with the procedure. Access to equipment and being familiar with putting up equipment is the biggest hurdle to jump with such a hands-on practicum.

Initially starting off with a staggering hybrid classroom environment, eventually transitioning over to fully online from JMU’s September 7th announcement.