Nominate a student for the Ruth Legg Scholarship by May 1
TANYS E-News: Helpful resources for you

No doubt about it... this is a challenging time for everyone. All of us at TANYS want to help you navigate these uncharted waters while schools, theatres, and businesses are shut down - and help you restart once the pandemic is over. Read on for resources to help.

And since we're all missing live theatre, we've found some options to keep you virtually entertained with drama, music, and even a little laughter.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

Inspiring Excellence in Theatre Communities
FREE webinar on COVID-19 recovery for community theatres

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is teaming up with Hytropy to provide a COVID-19 Recovery Webinar for Community Theatres. This webinar is free and open to all. Topics include:
  • Restarting your operations
  • Marketing your theatre after the pandemic
  • Maintaining preparations in the "new normal"
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 1 hour

The webinar is facilitated by Patrick Hardy, CEO of Disaster Hawk™, the leading disaster management app in the US. A Certified Emergency Manager®, Certified Risk Manager® and a FEMA Master of Exercise Practitioner®, Patrick has extensive experience working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in disaster management, from micro-businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

See more resources on AACT's COVID-19 Response page.
More disaster relief resources

Businesses and not-for-profits in New York State have been severely impacted by the spread of COVID-19. The safety measures designed to slow the spread of the virus have forced non-essential businesses to close. A growing number of government and private relief programs are available for financial assistance, protection from eviction and loan deferment programs:

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The SBA is providing working capital loans of up to $2 million to help small businesses, including not-for-profits, impacted by COVID-19. The interest rate on these loans will be 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for not-for-profit entities. Note: the loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred, but are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Apply online at

Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook will be offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. They are not yet accepting applications, but you can sign up for updates here.

Small business assistance programs provided by lenders
Many banks have already offered loan deferments to business customers having trouble making their loan payments. Refer to the American Bankers Association website ( for a list of banks providing relief.

(Information courtesy of Dopkins & Company, LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants)
Nominate a student for the Ruth Legg Scholarship by May 1

Here's a way to make great use of your self-isolation time: nominate a worthy student for the Ruth R. Legg Memorial Scholarship!

TANYS awards this monetary scholarship every year to a current high school senior who has been active in community theatre and is accepted as a Theatre major/minor at an accredited college or university.

The scholarship was organized to honor Ruth, who was a professor at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua and a TANYS president, and carry on her tradition of promoting students interested in theatre.

Click here for full information, eligibility, and to download the application. Applications must be received by TANYS no later than May 1. The winning applicant will be chosen by June 1.
From Broadway World: Streaming theatre, Living Room Concerts, and a baked review of CATS

London's National Theatre has announced a new initiative, NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME. Starting on April 2, audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube, and students and teachers have access to The National Theatre Collection at home, delivered in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing.

All productions will be screened live every Thursday at 7:00 PM UK time, and will then be available on demand for seven days on NT's YouTube channel. This month will bring:
  • April 2: Richard Bean's One Man Two Guvnors featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden
  • April 9: Sally Cookson's stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre
  • April 16: Bryony Lavery's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
  • April 23: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia
Further titles will be announced.

Get a daily dose of musical theatre cheer with mini concerts by the stars of current Broadway shows! Broadway World's Living Room Concerts series features performers from Dear Evan Hansen, Sing Street, Mean Girls, Jagged Little Pill, and more, all singing new and classic Broadway tunes. You can even sign up to get email alerts when a new concert is released!

Gus Halper sings from  Sing Street
Carolee Carmello sings from Hello, Dolly!
Michael Arden sings from A New Brain
Laura Bell Bundy sings from A Chorus Line

"Am I supposed to know what a Jellicle is? They've said it 200,000 times but I don't know what's happening haha."
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