Commitment to an Ethical Reopening
Pink Umbrella Theater Company is committed to the safety, health and well-being of our participants, staff, interns and families. Information regarding COVID-19 is changing daily and we continue to monitor CDC and WHO guidelines along with those issued by the state of Wisconsin. Because we cannot predict when it will be safe to once again hold in-person classes, we will continue holding programming Under the Virtual Umbrella for the foreseeable future.
According to the Badger Bounce Back Plan the state requires the following guidelines before starting a phased opening:
SYMPTOMS: Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period AND downward trajectory of COVID-19-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period.
CASES: Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period.
HOSPITALS: Treat all patients without crisis care AND Robust testing programs in place for at-risk healthcare workers, with decreasing numbers of infected healthcare workers.
These metrics and progress on Core Responsibilities will be evaluated regularly and guide decisions about when Wisconsin is ready to move from phase to phase. They are based on the Federal Gating Criteria and Core State Preparedness Responsibilities found in Guidelines for Opening up America Again that was issued by the White House on April 16, 2020. These metrics will be applied on a statewide basis as this highly infectious virus knows no county boundaries and can easily spread from regions with high prevalence to regions with low prevalence.
Even with these conditions and all phases are met, the recommendation is for “people over age 60, including employees and those who are medically vulnerable, should continue to shelter in place. Online education/remote work encouraged wherever possible.”
Theater in its nature is a close-proximity experience and until we feel, as a company, that we have proper measures in place as an organization and in society, we will follow the guidelines of remaining Safer at Home. We look forward to being in person again and cannot wait to continue to grow as a performing organization. We thank you for your understanding as we work toward creating a safe environment for all of us to create, together.
Pink Umbrella is available to discuss options for participants and ideas for programming. Do not hesitate to reach out via email or phone 414-507-3511.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will Pink Umbrella classes be held in person?
All programming will be Virtual for the foreseeable future. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
What programs are offered under the Virtual Umbrella?
Weekly ensemble classes with new themes and teachers each week
1-1 coaching sessions
Parents and caregivers connect in a bi-weekly virtual meeting with experts in Special Ed
Free evening programming
Click here for our class catalogue.
What kind of technology is required for online classes?
Programming can be accessed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone and even via phone. Click here for more information and feel free to reach out with any specific questions regarding your equipment and wi-fi connection.
Is there a cost to take classes?
Yes, please check our Registration Page for the cost of each session. Scholarships are available for all online programming, please reach out to Katie at if tuition is prohibitive. Free classes are offered throughout the summer, too.
What platform are you using for online classes and is it safe?
We are currently using Zoom for programming, but that may change in the future. All suggested safety protocols from Zoom are put into place. In addition, we are:
Recording all classes, especially one-to-one coaching sessions. These recordings are kept for 30 days.
Links to classes are only shared with the participants and staff.
Rooms are ‘locked’ once all participants arrive.
Class rules are set up during the first session and followed throughout our time together.
If there is any indication of inappropriate behavior from students or staff, the person will be removed from the session and a follow up conversation will be had to determine reentry into the program.
What if the Virtual Umbrella is challenging for me or my child?
Please reach out to Katie or 414-507-3511 to talk through options. We are learning, along with all of you, about the opportunities and challenges that come with working in a virtual landscape. Together, we can and will find the best way for you or your child to participate in the programming that we offer.
How can I best support Pink Umbrella Theater at this time?
Check our website often for updates and share our program offerings with friends and family. Donations are gladly accepted and will directly support scholarships for students and stipends for teachers and assistants.