The Sundance Institute commissioned Jesse Cameron Alick (Associate Artistic Director of Vineyard Theatre, NYC and past creator-advisor to the Institute’s Theater Program) to launch an in depth field study for the purpose of re-imagining their work in theater and live performance. The result is the recently published Emerging from the Cave: Reimagining Our Future in Theater and Live Performance. This study provides insight into the future of the industry and the boundless challenges that theater will face as it moves forward based on interviews with over 70 artists, administrators, donors and leaders from around the world about their learning experiences during the pandemic. The one-hour Zoom interview sessions identified these key issues: Collective Leadership, Holistic Artist Support, Digital Theater and Hybrid Futures and Field Ideation.

The study is available at