COVID-19 & The Project

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HEALTH & SAFETY POLICIES (as of October 2021)

It is extremely important to us to do everything possible to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone who comes through our doors. It is essential that anyone who feels unwell should stay home. We understand that everyone’s experience with the pandemic is unique, and we want to try to make accommodations to make everyone as comfortable as possible. We hope that if you are not able to attend the Project’s productions and events in-person, that you will take advantage of some of our digital streaming offerings.

Anyone wishing to participate in an event, in-person, at The 52nd Street Project, agrees to the following:


Since August 2021, the New York City guidelines are that people 12 years of age and older be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-door entertainment.

“Fully vaccinated” means that on the day of the performance date, you are:

  • at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO approved two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA or WHO approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Proof of vaccination includes one of the following

  • A CDC-issued card recording vaccination information
  • New York State Excelsior Pass, or New Jersey State Docket
  • New York City Covid Safe App
  • NYC Vaccination Record: If you are fully vaccinated but lost your CDC Vaccination Card or need verification of your vaccine status, you can request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record from the NYC Health Department’s Citywide Immunization Registry.

For guests who are not able to be vaccinated due to having a pre-existing health condition, or a religious objection, one of the following will be required:

  • negative COVID-19 PCR test performed by a medical provider taken within 72 hours of the performance start time. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test.  -OR-
  • negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test. This test may be performed by a medical professional or by using an over-the-counter testing kit.

If you are unable or unwilling to supply this documentation, you will not be allowed to enter the building.

Children under the age of twelve are not currently eligible for the vaccines. Therefore, it is imperative that they wear masks at all times when in the building, and that the family group strive to maintain social distancing as much as possible.


Masks are required for all guests, regardless of vaccination status.  Masks must be worn at all times while visiting the Project. There will be no concessions available during our performances, therefore there will be no exception to this rule. All masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings. We will supply you with a mask if you have forgotten to bring one.


By entering The 52nd Street Project facility, you assert that the following is true. If any of the following statements are not true, please stay home and stream the performance instead.

  • I have not tested positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test in the past ten (10) days.
  • I am not and have not recently experienced (within the last 48 hours) any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19
  • I have not had close contact or proximate contact with any person(s) confirmed with a diagnostic test or suspected based on symptoms, to have Covid-19 within the past ten (10) days.


The Project has upgraded our HVAC systems to comply with CDC guidelines for hospital grade filtration, including MERV 13 filters, and have increased fresh outdoor air and air exchange to the greatest extent possible.


After each performance, high touch surfaces in both audience spaces and backstage will be cleaned in accordance with CDC recommendations. Once per day, the theater will be thoroughly cleaned. Hand sanitizer will be stationed throughout the theater. Upon entering The 52nd Street Project building, all patrons will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer (unless medically prohibited) and to go directly to their seat unless they need to use the restroom.

The Pandemic & The Project

In April, 2020, when the quarantine began, the Project was days away from premiering two productions (one Playmaking and one Dancemaking).

Smoke & Mirrors, The Tricky Plays. Postponed
With the Flow, Dancemaking. Postponed

The shutdown required canceling all in-person programming, and closing the office. As the days became weeks, (which became months, so far) the Project was fortunate to qualify for the PPP relief, which allowed us to retain our entire staff through the end of fiscal year 2019-2020.

The staff got to work, adapting our programming to a virtual environment. This has included on-line versions of Playmaking, Radiomaking, Teen Ensemble, Wordplay, Songmaking, Playback – as well as new programming like Artmaking, Cooking, Movement and more.

The need to keep socially distant required shifting our annual gala (which normally brings in about 20% of our annual income), from an in-person event to our first ever on-line gala– honoring our longtime, dedicate volunteers Crystal Dickinson & Brandon Dirden, in the aptly name GAME CHANGERS.

The staff worked diligently to collaborate with adult artists to come up with music videos as the entertainment portion, with introductory remarks by Lewis Black and Board Co-Chairs Cathy Dantchik & Louis Friedman. The music videos are intro’d by Project pals Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale.

Click HERE to see the music videos

Since July 1, the impacts of the quarantine have continued to ripple through the Project, requiring two lay-offs and an across-the-board 10% reduction in salary for remaining staff. The length of this disruption of our in-person programming remains unclear, but being an arts & culture organization, we know that we will not begin to get back to having people in our space until the final phases of re-opening. This impact is significant, and we have joined efforts like @PPPCoalition and Be An #ArtsHero to try to raise awareness of the need we feel and that we see all across the entertainment industry.

If you want to write your senator CLICK HERE

But the Project keeps innovating with its virtual programming, and has created four zoom productions of new plays created by the young members alongside their adult volunteer partners, and other arts education opportunities in Audio Journalism, Drawing, Poetry/Spoken Word Performance and more.

Health Screening form for families

Health Screening form for friends

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