Coronavirus Updates & Resources

To mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), UC Berkeley is conducting classes remotely through Fall 2020. Visit UC Berkeley's coronavirus website for the latest updates on campus-wide operations.

This page provides updates about TDPS activities and serves as a resource hub for students. If you would like to suggest an update or resource, please email tdps@berkeley.edu


TDPS Academic Plans for Fall 2020

In recognition of ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), TDPS will conduct all classes and productions remotely for Fall 2020. Please refer to the following guidelines on enrollment and instruction:

General Class Guidelines:

  • All TDPS classes will meet remotely and will use Zoom as the primary platform for instruction, unless otherwise indicated by the instructor.
  • For details about modes of instruction, refer to individual class listings on the Schedule of Classes. Classes will vary in the amount of synchronous instruction (real-time meetings during scheduled class time) and asynchronous instruction (recorded instruction or learning activities without real-time interactions).
  • Students are expected to use Zoom's video option during synchronous instruction, and some class meetings will involve break-out groups. Contact the instructor if you have extenuating circumstances that prevent use of the video option, or if you have other technical issues. Technology support is available through the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP).
  • Regular reading, writing, tutorials, video-viewing assignments, and practice-based assignments will be shared with students via bCourses.

Acting Classes:

  • Auditions for acting classes will take place online via Zoom during the week of August 24.
  • Sign-up forms and further information regarding specific audition processes will be posted in mid-August on the TDPS Callboard.
  • Students should have adequate space, free of furniture and objects, in which to move.
  • Final class showings may incorporate live Zoom performances, pre-recorded video presentations, and/or creative projects.

Dance Classes:

  • Auditions will not be required for dance classes in Fall 2020.
  • Students are expected to self-enroll in dance classes based on their training and preparedness level. Refer to individual class listings on the Schedule of Classes for details about enrollment and instruction.
  • Students should have adequate space, free of furniture and objects, in which to move.
  • Final class showings may incorporate live Zoom performances, pre-recorded video presentations, and/or creative projects.

Performances & Workshops:

  • TDPS faculty and staff are in the process of planning unique online performance pieces to take the place of stage productions for Fall 2020.
  • Auditions for performances will be held remotely via Zoom. In some circumstances, students may be asked to record and submit a video as part of the audition process.
  • Audition sign-ups will be available on the TDPS Callboard at least two weeks before the audition date.
  • Students should have adequate space, free of furniture and objects, in which to participate in rehearsals.

Design & Technical Theater Classes:

  • Run Crew (Theater 167) and Scenic Design (Theater 173) have been cancelled for Fall 2020. These courses are scheduled to be offered in Spring 2021.
  • Shop Labs (Theater 168) will require a final project and/or presentation.
  • Stage Management (Theater 172) will require a written final exam.
  • Refer to the TDPS Callboard for instructions on how to enroll in Shop Labs.

Further Guidance:

  • If you have questions or concerns about how a class will be conducted, please contact the instructor by email. Refer to the department directory for contact information.
  • If you have questions or concerns about how instructional changes may affect your academic plans, please contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Michael Mansfield.
  • General guidance for all students is also available on the Instruction FAQ provided by the Office of the Registrar.

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