Coronavirus Updates & Resources

Overview

To mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), UC Berkeley will continue to conduct the majority of classes remotely through Summer 2021. Visit UC Berkeley's coronavirus website for the latest updates on campuswide 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 Spring 2021

TDPS will continue to conduct the majority of classes and productions remotely in Spring 2021. Please refer to the following guidelines on enrollment and instruction:

General Class Guidelines:

  • The majority of 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:

  • For Spring 2021, auditions will not be required for the acting sequence: Theater 10, 109, 110B, or 111. Students may now enroll in these courses without a permission number.
  • All prerequisite requirements for these courses are still in effect: Theater 10 or equivalent to enroll in 109, Theater 109 to enroll in 110B, Theater 110A or 110B to enroll in 111.
  • Students should have a monologue ready to work on during the first week of class.
  • Students should have adequate space, free of furniture and objects, in which to move during class.
  • Final class showings may incorporate live Zoom performances, pre-recorded video presentations, and/or creative projects.

Dance Classes:

  • For Spring 2021, auditions are not required for dance classes. Students may self-enroll in these classes based on their level of training/preparedness.
  • Refer to individual class listings on the Schedule of Classes for details about enrollment and instruction.
  • Students who participate in dance classes 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 virtual/online productions to take the place of stage productions for Spring 2021.
  • Auditions for performances will be held remotely via Zoom in the first three weeks of the Spring semester.
  • Audition sign-ups will be available on the TDPS Callboard at least two weeks before the audition date.
  • In some circumstances, students may be asked to record and submit a video as part of the audition process.
  • Students should have adequate space, free of furniture and objects, in which to participate in rehearsals.

Design & Technical Theater Classes:

  • Theater 167 (Run Crew) and Theater 169 (Advanced Technical Labs) will not be offered in Spring 2021.
  • Theater 168 (Shop Practice / Technical Labs) will be offered in Spring 2021. Refer to the TDPS Callboard for instructions on how to enroll.

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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