Health and Safety Protocols

Our Health and Safety Protocols

As we welcome you to Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Theatre for a New Audience has put into place health and safety protocols for the protection of our audiences, artists, and employees. In light of evolving COVID-19 transmission rates, as well as government regulations and guidance from the CDC, these protocols are subject to updates. If attending our productions at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, please note your pre-show emails for any changes to these policies.

Audience Requirements

Following are requirements for all audience members. We reserve the right to remove those who do not follow these protocols.

Beginning with TFANA’s 2023-24 season, face masks for audiences are encouraged, but not required.

Beverages may be brought into the Mainstage in sealed and spill-proof containers. 

Food is not permitted inside the Mainstage for any performance.

By entering the premises, you affirm that you are not experiencing symptoms such as fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting. You also affirm that you have not received a positive COVID-19 test within the past ten days.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact us at

Our updated ticket policies are here.

For the safety of our artists and crew, no backstage visits or meet-and-greets will be permitted. If you wish to greet members of the cast, please meet them outside following the performance. All TFANA artists, vendors, and staff are subject to a mandatory vaccination policy. 

Improvements at Polonsky Shakespeare Center

Indoor air quality and filtering has been enhanced by installation of an iWave ionization system throughout the facility. Freestanding HEPA filters are also used in the lobby and elevators as well as backstage and in dressing rooms. These improvements meet or exceed the standards set by public health officials and our theatrical unions.

We have enhanced our cleaning procedures, with sanitizing of all high-touch surfaces in the lobby and restrooms before and during each performance. Armrests and guardrails within the Mainstage are sanitized between performances. Assistive listening devices are sanitized before and after each use.

We will provide masks and hand sanitizer for all audience members.

All Theatre for a New Audience employees, including members of the company, are fully vaccinated.

A limited concessions menu of grab & go items will be available at Monica & Ali Wambold Food & Drink in our lobby. Our concessions provider Sweet Hospitality Group has a fully-vaccinated staff and has put extensive protocols and procedures into place to ensure safe service.

Our Front of House staff will scan tickets for contactless admission.