NYC Is Closed, But TDF Is Open

How we're fulfilling our mission during the pandemic

Theatres may be shuttered but TDF has not gone dark. We've been working tirelessly to find innovative ways to continue our mission to bring the transformative power of the performing arts to everyone.

Since the pandemic began, we have been examining what it means to serve and care for our diverse community, which includes more than 120,000 TDF members; the thousands of students, teachers and community partners who participate in our Education & Engagement initiatives; the tens of thousands of individuals who rely on our Accessibility Programs; and the myriad theatres and artists who count on us to expand their audiences.

To support our various constituents during this difficult time, here's what TDF is doing: 

For Audiences

For TDF Program Participants

  • Sharing essential accessibility information with our TDF Accessibility Programs (TAP) members who are hard of hearing or deaf about how to turn on closed captions on YouTube and other online video platforms
  • Connecting our TAP members who have low vision or are blind with online audioplays
  • Promoting Deaf Broadway's online American Sign Language readings of popular musicals to TAP members who rely on ASL as their primary means of communication
  • Curating engaging, theatre-related online activities for the folks who've attended our Autism Friendly Performances or participated in TDF's Veterans Theatregoing Program
  • Having participants in TDF's Young Playwrights program pen solo pieces for a special Viral Monologues showcase as well as create final virtual presentations
  • Hosting a virtual end-of-season celebration for the public school students participating in TDF's Wendy Wasserstein Project 
  • Surveying the teachers and students in our Education programs and the participants in Create New York and our Community Partnership organizations about the resources they need
  • Providing biweekly updates to all Engagement participants about free performing arts and cultural offerings, wellness resources and reliable COVID-19 information
  • Developing online gatherings for adults and families in our Engagement programs to enjoy the performing arts and join in facilitated post-show conversations

For Artists

  • Supporting artists and expanding their audiences by selling online performances to our TDF members; those interested should email TDF's Ticketing Department at ticketoffers@tdf.org
  • Marketing artists' online performances on TDF Stages and through targeted emails
  • Participating in a national WolfBrown survey to understand audience sentiment around the fears about returning to theatre spaces, and what would motivate them to come back
  • Convening with arts service organizations around the country to strategize ways to move the industry forward
  • Providing professional costuming content on social media to educate and engage our Costume Collection customers

Although we may not be able to gather in person at the moment, TDF continues to be there for audiences and artists—today and tomorrow.