On March 11, 2020, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts closed its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time, staying home was our best chance at defeating what we thought would be a few months of darkness. As the days and weeks passed, more information became available, and we soon realized that this was going to be an industry-wide testing experience for all of the arts communities across the United States. From the day we closed our doors until now, we have moved, postponed, or cancelled over 200 events.
However, The Tobin team did not sit idle. We began to develop best practices for extensive cleaning, rearranged our theater to allow for six feet of social distancing between patrons, and created health and safety measures for our audiences to safely return to live entertainment in San Antonio.
Our reduced capacity shows (30% capacity), Generation NEXT teaching artists instructing via Zoom, and virtual entertainment have kept the stage lights shining in The Tobin Center’s theaters. The health and safety of our audience, staff, volunteers, and artists have always been of the utmost importance. Covid-19 has required an elevated level of caution, and we rose to the challenge. The measures we have put into place allowed The Tobin Center to remain active when over 80% of U.S. theaters had shut down completely.
We have spent the better part of the past year evaluating our mission, planning for an amazing return, and preparing for whatever new challenges land at our feet. We have streamlined existing community and educational events and created new events that I am sure the San Antonio community will love when we can roll them out in the Fall. We have worked tirelessly and diligently with a network of other prominent performing arts centers in the U.S. to make sure needs are met, concerns are addressed, and national support remains in place for the performing arts in America. We have taken this time to expand The Tobin’s national footprint as Tobin Entertainment LLC, our concert promotion initiative, which has forged touring partnerships with performing arts centers in 40 cities nationwide.
All of us at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - board, staff, volunteers, and myself- thank you, our loyal supporters, sponsors, and audience members for not only attending our socially distanced events, purchasing tickets for the future, and digging deep into your wallets to provide financial stability, but also for keeping us in your thoughts as we move through this unprecedented and unusual time.
We look forward to opening our doors wide once again to invite all of San Antonio back into our theaters at full capacity - but until then, we will continue to enforce our strict protocols for the safety of everyone. As the pandemic slowly loosens its grip on our community, nation, and the world, we will gradually open up to normal operations and capacity with new events and new experiences.
At the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, our outlook is bright, our creativity is strong, our resilience is powerful, and our gratitude is yours. We would like to express our deepest appreciation for your continued support as we prepare to welcome you once again at The Tobin - Where The Arts Live!
President & CEO
The Tobin Center