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Fall 2020 Updates

Welcome to the start of Fall Quarter 2020

We want to share a few updates about the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts . Our extraordinary faculty and staff have been working tirelessly, and we want to assure you that your well-being, access to help and resources, and sense of belonging here at Northwestern remain our top priority. This year will be different; there’s no questioning that, but it still will be rewarding.

In addition to a reimagined 2020/21 Fall line-up we plan to announce soon, along with details about “virtual audition calls,” we want to provide a few updates about Wirtz Center operations this quarter.

Contacting Wirtz Center Staff

The Wirtz Center staff will be accessible via e-mail for questions or via scheduled phone or socially-distant face-to-face appointments. A complete Wirtz Center staff directory is available here . In general, it may be helpful to take note of the following:

Box Office: Our box office remains closed, but our team is working remotely. Please e-mail the Wirtz Center Box Office at

Wirtz Admin Office: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tues. – Thurs. and by appointment.

For more information and to receive updates, visit the Wirtz Center website, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube

Productions & Performances

In compliance with local, federal and University health guidelines, no public programs or performances with in-person public audiences will be presented by the School of Communication during the Fall Quarter. Due to restrictions resulting from COVID-19, the Wirtz Center for the Performing arts will not be allowing rentals of props or costumes for the Fall Quarter.

However, a number of production and performance opportunities have been developed as part of coursework and will be shared via streaming and other digital media platforms.

We know that for many School of Communication undergraduates, participation in student theatre organizations is an important part of your Northwestern experience. For information regarding fall 2020 STUCO projects, sign up for the This Week In Student Theatre (TWIST) listserv.

Wirtz Center Building Access

Although most members of our community will access the Wirtz Center remotely, currently enrolled students in good standing who have permission to be on campus, current employees of Northwestern University who have been permitted or instructed to return to campus regularly or for a discrete purpose, and approved visitors will be allowed in the Wirtz Center.

Building Entry: Only the 1949 Campus Dr. Lobby Entrance will be available to gain entry. The Barber Lobby will not be open or available and the costume and scene shops will not be open to students during Fall Quarter.

Wildcard access will be required to gain entry when the building is locked. Be prepared to show your daily symptom badge via the daily Symptom Tracker app.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mon. – Fri., weekend times available, for those authorized to be on campus, through special request or through booking space via 25Live .

Room Reservations: Wirtz Center spaces will not be available for extra-curricular student projects, productions or rehearsals during the Fall. Room reservations for coursework may be available via 25Live . Please secure instructor approval and include their name and course name/number in your request. Spaces are strictly limited to 50% capacity of normal occupancy.

Required Safety Precautions in the Wirtz Center

Signage at the entrance and throughout the building will assist those visiting the Wirtz Center in person to do so in compliance with University guidelines. Before coming to campus, please familiarize yourself with the expected behaviors, protocols and guidelines for instructional spaces, including social distancing, hand washing and face coverings.

Covid-19 Safety Concerns

To report a compliance concern, visit EthicsPoint. You may also report a COVID-19 or social distancing concern.

Students or concerns about students should be submitted as  Community Concern reports.

If there is immediate danger, dial 911; if not, dial Northwestern’s University Police Department at their non- emergency number: 847-491-3456 (or dial 456 from any campus phone).