Drama schools including Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, LAMDA and Guildhall School of Music and Drama are cancelling face-to-face teaching because of the coronavirus outbreak.
LAMDA said it would be delivering teaching programmes “digitally for the foreseeable future with the hope we can recommence face-to-face learning from mid-June”. All public performances at LAMDA have also been cancelled.
Director Sarah Frankcom said: “Ensemble is at the heart of everything we do at LAMDA and never has this concept been more important than it is now. While I know that many will be disappointed to see public shows cancelled, this decision has been taken in the interest of the health and wellbeing of the entire LAMDA community.”
She added: “It’s important to emphasise that LAMDA remains open and we will take this opportunity to explore new ways of learning and creating work using the digital technology available to us today. Our students will be able to come together virtually to create new digital based work, engaging with teaching staff through online tutoring and continuing to participate in masterclasses with creative professionals.”
A spokeswoman for Guildhall said it would “suspend all face-to-face teaching” from March 18.
“Where possible, teaching will be moved online until the end of the term. This decision has been taken to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our community, and also because of the practical challenges of running the institution when a significant number of staff and students are unable to attend in person; this is not due to our level of risk increasing or any specific guidance,” she added.
Guildhall productions and concerts are also cancelled until April 19. The school’s buildings will remain open for individual practice.
“The situation will be reviewed during the Easter holidays in time for the start of next term on April 20,” the spokeswoman added.
Meanwhile, Mountview said in-person teaching will end on March 20, and “details of teaching procedure following this date have been communicated directly with students”.
“Remaining first round auditions for next year will be held virtually, and auditionees have been informed of this process directly. The shape of recall auditions is currently under consideration, and those applicants who have been invited for recall will be informed of the new process directly,” a statement said.