Information and updates from the School of Performing Arts concerning COVID-19

March 12, 2020

See the latest COVID-19 updates here.

Visit the university's commencement website for detailed information on commencement-related activities.


updated March 18, 2020

Until further notice, the School of Performing Arts is closing off access to the following spaces:

Theatre 101 Building
SOPA Dance Studio
Henderson Hall Practice Rooms, Design Labs, Graduate Suite, and Computer Lab
Squires Recital Salon and Studio Theatre, Classrooms and Practice Rooms
Cinema/DISIS/Equipment Rooms in Newman Library
Recording Studio

Faculty - please update course work/assignments to accommodate these closures and access to equipment, and forward this message to any listservs it may affect (e.g., ensembles).

Students - please do not use any key access to these spaces.  If you are found in these spaces, you will be asked to leave immediately.  

  • Students in possession of School of Performing Arts equipment/instruments can either hold on to them until further notice or email sopa@vt.edu to make arrangements to return items.
  • If you need to reclaim personal property from SOPA facilities/lockers, email sopa@vt.edu to make arrangements to return items.

We understand the impact of these closures but ask that we all work together to find our way through these circumstances. 

Please send your questions to sopa@vt.edu.  Thanks for your patience and understanding, and take care!

Brian Britt, Interim Director
Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts


A message from Brian Britt, Interim Director

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends of the School of Performing Arts,

The University has extended Spring Break by a week and moved all instruction online starting March 23 and extending at least until April 30.  The President's message and recent updates may be found here.

This has special implications for the School of Performing Arts, particularly for our teaching and performances. 

At this point, I am sorry to say, we must cancel all performances and events scheduled before April 30. This applies even to performances and events that may involve fewer than 100 people – the limit set by the University – because (1) these events and their preparation would be difficult or impossible to hold without students in person and (2) many of these events require travel by guest artists and speakers. I realize the disappointment these cancellations will cause, but there is no alternative at this point.  We will, of course, reevaluate the situation constantly and post updates on any changes.

As for teaching, we are working together to do our best to support student learning with distance learning tools.  Faculty are already planning these adjustments, and we will gather on Monday afternoon to update each other and share ideas on how to go forward.

So to reiterate: Campus will be closed for an extra week and reopen on March 23, but all instruction at the University will be online at least until April 30.  School of Performing Arts' performances and events scheduled during that time will be canceled, and we will provide updates about all this as soon as we can. In the meantime, I wish us all the patience, compassion, and creativity that are the specialty of the performing arts as we go through this challenging time together.

Brian Britt, Interim Director
Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts

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