RE: COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Theatre Women (and those who love them),

You’ve probably been receiving a lot of emails about Coronavirus (COVID-19), how it’s going to affect activities, and places to find out more information. But in case you haven’t, or you’ve accidentally deleted something, we want you to know how much we’re thinking of you in this very uncertain time.

First, because we know that our beloved theatre community will be hit hard by this in so many ways, we want to remind you about the Waldman Emergency Loan Fund, which is a benefit of being a Full member.

Long-time member Honey Waldman graciously donated money to create the Waldman Emergency Loan Fund in memory of her father. The purpose is to assist Full members in good standing who reside in the U.S., when an emergency occurs. The loan is intended for true emergencies (for e.g., a plane ticket to see a dying relative, a rent payment when eviction is threatened, etc.), rather than helping pay off credit card bills and the like. Historically, the maximum loan approved has been $500 per request, although we may have to adjust that, unfortunately, if we get a lot of requests. Loans are to be repaid plus an administrative fee of 10% (with a cap of $25) in timely increments or in one total sum. A confidential committee will review requests for loans which will be evaluated on an individual basis. All requests are confidential and all loans are discreet. To apply for a loan, eligible Full members should send an email to Co-Presidents@TheatreWomen.org.

As you’ve certainly heard, the Governor has announced that New York is prohibiting gatherings of 500 or more people, so no Broadway through at least April 12th. It’s earth-shattering, to be sure. Since things continue to change rapidly, please check our website and social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) for more information.

**A special note: Julia’s Reading Room originally scheduled for March 25th at the Jefferson Market Library has unfortunately been canceled.**

Here are some resources for you, compiled by our friends at New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and others:

The Center for Disease Control issued this fact sheet for businesses and employers: https://www.cdc.gov/…/speci…/guidance-business-response.html And we encourage everyone to sign up for the City’s official source for information about emergency alerts, Notify NYC, at https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc (you can also text COVID to 692-692 to get enrolled in Notify NYC to provide important updates about COVID-19 in NYC). Culture Active in Disasters: cultureaidnyc.com National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response: ncaper.org Lawyers Alliance: https://lawyersalliance.org/coronavirus-information Rauschenberg Foundation (new emergency medical grant for artists): https://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/…/rauschenberg-emerg… https://deadline.com/…/coronavirus-actors-equity-urges-go…/… We know that this too shall pass, but in the meantime we urge you to care for yourselves and each other, and tap into the open, creative, artistic, generous spirit which has always defined our community. Please let us know if you have specific questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

All our best, Shellen Lubin & Catherine Porter Co-Presidents co-presidents@theatrewomen.org