2/15/2022 - COVID Policy for Company of Artists
Consistent with the duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of recognized hazards, OpenStage Theatre & Company (the “Company”) has adopted this policy to safeguard the health and well-being of employees/independent contractors/members/non-members and their families, our clients, customers and visitors, others who spend time in our facilities, and the community from infectious conditions that may be mitigated through an effective vaccination program. This policy is intended to comply with all federal, state, and local laws. It is based upon guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, another federal, state, and local public health and licensing authorities, as applicable. The company's goal in requiring all of its employees/independent contractors/members/non-members to get fully vaccinated is to relax social distancing policies it has implemented since that COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, including in-office mask-wearing and other workplace and travel restrictions.
This policy applies to all employees, contractors, members, and non-members. It does not apply to clients, customers, and visitors. This policy applies to all authorized COVID-19 vaccines that have been recommended for use in the United States.
The company maintains and promulgates a list of the vaccines that this policy encompasses and the applicable deadlines for complying with this policy. This list of vaccines also advises employees of dates when vaccines will be made available at designated locations.
All employees, contractors, members and non-members (hereinafter “the individual”) must either: A) Establish that they have received the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines, or B) Obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation. The process for seeking an accommodation is explained below. Individuals shall provide verification that they have received a vaccination to the Producing Artistic Director. This verification need only indicate that the individual received immunization from a site designated to administer the vaccine or from another authorized health care provider. No other medical information should be provided to the company as a part of this proof of vaccination.
OpenStage Theatre will require proof of vaccination from individuals until further notice. When requesting proof of vaccination, the individual will not be asked by OpenStage to provide any medical information and the individual shall not provide any medical information. A vaccination card verifying the vaccination has been received shall be sufficient proof of receiving the vaccination. Proof of receipt of the vaccination shall be confidentially and securely maintained by OpenStage.
To assist any individual who is disabled, who is pregnant, who is a nursing mother, who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates the vaccination, or who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs and practices, the company will engage in an interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided so long as it does not create an undue hardship for the company and/or does not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others in the workplace and/or to the employee to request an accommodation for one of the above reasons, please notify the Producing Artistic Director in writing at [email protected]. Once the company is aware of the need for an accommodation, the company will engage in an interactive process to identify possible accommodations. If you believe that you have been treated in a manner not in accordance with this policy, please notify the company immediately by speaking to the Producing Artistic Director. You may request an accommodation without fear of retaliation or discrimination.
4/21/2020 - Openstage's Response to COVID-19
As the COVID-19 situation continues evolving, we at OpenStage Theatre & Company, along with other performing arts organizations in Fort Collins and beyond, have had to make the decision to suspend our remaining performances for the season. While we are devastated to have to postpone our productions, the safety and well-being of our audiences, artists and staff are our foremost responsibilities.
Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, originally scheduled to perform from May 30 through June 27, 2020, will now be produced in our 2020/2021 season. We are delighted to still be presenting this fabulous show with our friends at Columbine Health Systems - albeit a little later than anticipated. Single and season ticket holders will receive a voucher by mail valid for any performance in our 2020/2021 Essential Season.
We at OpenStage view our audiences as a vital component of the creative act. Live theatre exists only in that singular moment created by artists and audiences together. The events of the last several weeks have truly brought into focus the value of live theatre and the void its absence leaves in our community. Next month we will be announcing the lineup for our 2020/2021 season, and we look forward with hope and with joy to once again create the magic of live theatre with you.
Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns.
3/18/2020 - Openstage's Response to COVID-19
As you are aware, the state and county have taken dramatic steps to slow the outbreak of COVID-19, and OpenStage Theatre has been actively working with government officials and our venues to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, artists and staff. OpenStage has always been a Company that brings the community together, and we had hoped to continue serving in that role during this difficult time. However, it is now clear that we are in uncharted territory, and as a result, we have postponed our etcetera season production of Constellations, hopefully to be rescheduled for later this summer. Our next Essential Season production, Neil Simon’s Rumors, will be moved to our soon to be announced 2020-2021 Season line up.
Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood is expected to continue as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep you posted if any changes to that production arise.
If you are a season ticket holder or have purchased a ticket to either of these shows, the Lincoln Center Box office will be in touch via email.
We know that these changes will have a deep impact not only on our supporters, sponsors and audiences, but also on our Company of Artists. Their work deserves to be seen, celebrated and acknowledged, and it is heartbreaking to not share their artistry with you at this time.
As a non-profit organization, we sincerely thank you for your continued support as we work together to face the current challenge. If you are financially able to do so, we ask that you consider donating the value of a ticket purchase to OpenStage Theatre & Company to help us to defray production costs already incurred and to sustain OpenStage in what ultimately will prove to be a particularly difficult time for the arts community. To make a donation, please go to https://www.openstage.com/give/donate/
We realize these are uncertain times for all of us. Stay safe. Stay healthy. And, one day soon…WE WILL SEE YOU IN THE THEATER!
3/13/2020 - CONSTELLATIONS Performances Postponed:
Taking into consideration the potential impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), in cooperation with our production partners, we are taking proactive, precautionary measures and have made the hard decision to postpone the remaining performances of "Constellations" in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater at FCMoD.
We are working with the Museum of Discovery to reschedule these performances for later in the season. All purchasers will be notified of the rescheduled performance dates and existing tickets will be honored for the new performance times. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to redeem the ticket value for future OpenStage performances please contact us directly at 970.484.5237 or [email protected]
We ask for your patience and understanding as we reply to all inquiries as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and as a non-profit organization, sincerely thank you for your continued support as we all work together during this rapidly evolving scenario.
3/10/2020 - Informational Links on Public Gatherings
OpenStage Theater & Company recognizes that members of our community may have questions and concerns about COVID19. We are committed to the health and well-being of our patrons, and we are working closely with our venues to ensure that all preventive measures are taking place to prevent the spread of infection.
We encourage our audiences and artists to follow the suggested CDC hygiene practices and other common-sense precautions. Most importantly, if you are sick or showing any symptoms of illness, we encourage you to stay home.
During this period of heightened vigilance, OpenStage is implementing a flexible ticket exchange policy, so if you would like to exchange your tickets for a future performance, please call the Lincoln Center Box Office at 970.221.6730 before your scheduled performance.
Below you will find links to preventative guidance from the CDC and the state and county health departments as well as a statement from the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. Additional updates will be provided as available.
CD Prevention Info: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
Lincoln Center Info: https://lctix.com/informational-update.php
Colorado Dept. of Health Info: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus
Larimer County Dept. of Health Info: https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19