How COVID-19 has affected the arts

18 Aug 2020 1:18 PMLauren Nairne
How COVID-19 has affected the arts

How COVID-19 has affected the arts


Chances are that the last few months your Facebook feed and conversations between friends has been flooded with friends who have lost jobs, moved home and worried about what the future has in store. 


What is going on… how are we living through this nightmare?


I ask myself these questions daily and I just can’t seem to believe what each new day brings. 


So many industries have been hit by the effects of COVID-19.  The Entertainment industry has been devastated by theatre closures, the shutdown of industries like cruising and as a result we have seen dancers at home… some for the first time in many many years.



But, it’s not just dancers –


Theatre Technicians – Have no shows to run.


Costume Designers and wardrobe staff – Have no costumes to make, no performers to dress.


Choreographers – Have no shows to choreograph, no dancers to teach and nothing new to work on.


Theatre staff & box office staff – Are out of work because theatres around the world remain closed.


Agents and casting directors – Have books of talent that they can’t find any work.. because there simply isn’t any.


Lighting directors and sound technicians – Have nobody on stages to light. 


The list goes on… and on… and on…


And the one big thing that these people have in common.


Nobody knows when it will start again!


My heart breaks for the industry, my heart breaks for anyone who has experienced job loss and uncertainty.  We work and train our whole lives to deal with uncertainty, the uncertainty of when we will land our next role, when will the next audition come along. 

But we weren’t trained to deal with this kind of uncertainty (I know, I know, nobody is!).  But, the uncertainty surrounding when theatres will reopen, when will cruise ships sail again, and with this new way of living, what will that all look like.


The future is unknown but what we do know is that the day theatres reopen, and cruise ships sail again, the day dancers and entertainment staff can go back to work and we can support our incredible industry again will be a wonderful, wonderful day. 


Until then we will wait, patiently in the wings and support each other in any way we can. 


If you need anything, you need someone to talk to.  Don’t suffer alone, we are all in this together.  Talk to your friends.  Call your other friends in the arts and lean on each other. 


We will get through this; we will dance again!