A Message from the Wilma concerning the Global Pandemic

March 17, 2020


At the Wilma we like to take big artistic risks. But we never take risks with people’s health and safety.For that reason, we have made some important decisions to protect the health and safety of our artists, staff, audiences, and students during this global pandemic:

  • Last week, we instructed our administrative and box office staff to work remotely for at least the next two weeks. Our box office can still be reached at 215-546-7824, by email at tickets@wilmatheater.org, or by filling out this form on our website.
  • We are reconsidering how we handle our annual fundraiser, the Fete, which had been scheduled for May 3. We will be announcing a new plan soon.
  • We still hope to have our spring production of the thrilling play, Is God Is, which begins May 26. We will make a final decision in April, carefully paying attention to expert and government advice.
  • All education outreach, including our afterschool program and Portable Studio programming, will be cancelled for at least the next two weeks, in keeping with the governor’s order. As part of our commitment to our teaching artists, we will continue to pay them during this time.
  • Our weekly HotHouse meeting, where our company of resident artists come together to train, will also be cancelled for at least the next two weeks, also in keeping with the governor’s order. As part of our commitment to our company of artists, we will continue to pay them during this time.
  • BalletX has postponed their spring production at the Wilma until July. If you have tickets with them, they will contact you about changing your seats to these new dates.
  • Good Karma Cafe, which is housed in our lobby, will also be closed for at least two weeks.

The Wilma, like our fellow arts organizations, relies heavily on donations to keep our theater in operation. Your support will be more important than ever as we navigate uncertainties about upcoming events and gatherings. Please consider making a donation to the Wilma to sustain our operations during this difficult time. To make a donation, click here or call (267) 433-8137‬.

We also ask you to reach out to your local, state, and federal representatives to request that arts are included in any relief efforts. You can do that quickly and easily by clicking here.

Finally, if you have tickets to any other cultural events that have been cancelled, consider donating the cost of that ticket back to that organization. They, too, will be feeling the effects of cancellations artistically and financially.

Our thoughts are with the many people affected around the globe. The power of theater is to bring us in the same place and face our challenges together. I hope we will be able to do it again soon.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time. We wish you and your loved ones well during this difficult period. 

Blanka Zizka, Yury Urnov, James Ijames, and Morgan Green
Co-Artistic Directors