Across the country, performing artists are struggling to find outlets for their work as theaters and venues close due to the threat of COVID-19—and many are turning to the staid videoconferencing software Zoom. At the same time as Zoom has suddenly become a go-to tool for millions of business users, it has also become a lifeline of sorts for professional and amateur artists and performers looking to be seen and heard outside the walls of their homes. From virtual comedy shows that use Google Docs as a prop to live music lessons, Zoom is the tech platform of choice for artists of all stripes who are riding out the pandemic.
“I think we’re going to see technology used in all different ways because no matter what, the art goes on, even in the toughest times,” says Jenn Crafts, artistic director of Los Angeles-based Theatre Unleashed, who is putting on virtual play readings via Zoom. Read more here