COVID-19 Updates

As we plan for a return to live productions and in-person classes, the well-being of our audiences, students, artists, staff and volunteers has been, and will continue to be, of paramount importance to our decision making and policies.

Alongside many of our regional colleagues across theaters, arts centers, museums, and educational institutions, The Umbrella is proactively enacting health and safety protocols to safeguard our communities against the coronavirus and delta variant. These policies will be in effect until further notice, as public health conditions allow.


  • All event attendees and adult students must provide proof of full vaccination by showing a vaccination card, a photo of the card, or a digital vaccine record in order to enter our theaters or classrooms. Vaccines for people aged 5 and over are free in Massachusetts
  • Anyone exempt from/ineligible to receive the vaccine or unable to verify vaccination status must present proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours OR healthcare-professional-administered negative rapid test within 24 hours of the time of entry. A photograph of self-administered at-home test showing proof of date and time, or an official school email showing proof of current negative pool-testing may be provided. 
  • Regardless of vaccine status, ALL patrons must wear properly fitted CDC-approved face mask in public spaces inside The Umbrella.
  • If on the day of a performance or class you experience any COVID-like, cold-like, or flu-like symptoms, or simply aren’t feeling well, please stay home and contact our office. The Umbrella offers a number of flexible exchange and credit options and we are happy to work with you to adjust your plans. You can find more information about our exchange policy here.
  • The Umbrella will become a "fully vaccinated workplace" effective September 20, 2021. Staff, Contract Employees, and in-house Volunteers are required to sign an attestation certifying that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine) as a condition of employment.
  • The Umbrella is operating in a new facility that was completed in 2019. We have a state-of-the-art displacement air HVAC system and our filters have been upgraded to MERV-13.
  • The Main Stage Theater will be operating at limited capacity and meet or exceed union requirements for a "fully vaccinated workplace".
  • The Umbrella will continue to provide sanitizersspare masks, and increased frequency of cleaning high-trafficked spaces.
  • The Umbrella Stage Company will make available eco-friendly, touchless digital Playbills in PDF and Flipbook editions, including enhanced content and special day of show partner offers

We will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. We are most grateful to all of you who work to keep The Umbrella a safe place so we can all come back to our theaters and classrooms.

Updated November 17, 2021