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Exploring Theatre Performance Amid COVID-19: A Conversation with Student Rory Brady

Published: 11/13/2020

Gannon University's Schuster Theatre.

Gannon University's Schuster Theatre.

The world of performing arts became largely quiet at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic this year.

But faculty in the School of Communication and the Arts and Schuster Theatre have used innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to continue providing theatre experiences for students throughout the Fall 2020 semester.

We got in touch with some of these students to talk about their experiences, which have challenged many of them to take unique and creative approaches to theatre performance. We’re delighted to share here a conversation with Rory Brady, a dual enrollment student at Gannon.

Q: How would you summarize your theater experience during the pandemic?                 

Ever since the pandemic has started, I have never felt more in touch with theatre. I was able to reminiscence with all of the past theatre I was able to do.  

Q: Can you share a theater experience that has been impactful for you during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

I was able to be a part of a theater class, which helped me cope with the pandemic. I learned new ways of playing games and doing theatre. This is what theatre is all about – making the impossible possible.

Q: What have you learned from this experience?

I learned that when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. Doing this theatre class was on zoom but we took the struggles and made a new experience. 

Q: How do you think your program has prepared you during this pandemic?

Theatre is all about doing the impossible. Broadway has made people fly, made magic and changed the mind of thousands. From doing theatre for so many years, I have learned that sometimes, more often than not, things don't go as planned. All you have to do is smile and improvise until things get back on track. So until life gets back to normal, I will improvise and hope that things will turn out okay.