In the performing arts, where interaction is key, some School of Theatre, Film & Television students are taking essential classes in-person.
“It’s definitely a bit strange. I’d imagine this is typically not how acting classes go,” freshman Brooke Gorman said. Brooke is a freshman student in Professor Hank Stratton’s Acting 1 class, which meets twice a week on campus. The class looks and feels different now but being in-person is something Stratton pushed for after going online last semester.
“We went to the College of Fine Arts and petitioned for it to be in-person instruction. The experiment element was being diluted and in some cases erased. It’s great to be in-person and almost a necessity,” Stratton said. “We came in and taped out the deck so that all students would be at least ten feet apart. Social distancing is being practiced all the time.”
Even though students wear masks the whole class, it’s making them perform better. “I think we are growing as a class and becoming so much closer because of it, and really finding our energies, we’re connecting so much more because of the obstacles we have to face,” freshman Madelyn Whitehead said.
Recently KTVK Phoenix News travelled to Tucson to watch Professor Stratton’s class in action. Check out the story.