How COVID-19 affects Chicago theater 1 year later

Interior of the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL on March 11, 2021 (Kelly Heinzerling/MEDILL)

By Kelly Heinzerling
Medill Reports

Last March, Chicago theatres closed their doors to audiences in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Without access to the stage, artists and actors in Chicago continue to feel the effects of these closures. Many theaters do not have shows scheduled until fall 2021 or winter 2022, making the future of Chicago actors’ careers all the more uncertain.

Kelly Heinzerling is a video reporter at Medill, specializing in immigrant communities in Chicago.