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Burien theater returns to life via Zoom

Burien Actors Theater (BAT) is finding new and innovative ways to perform on Zoom.

When the pandemic hit, the Burien-based company was forced to close down the theater for both the safety of the actors as well as the audience. But they were able to adapt and have been doing Zoom performances throughout the past 12 months.

New leader helps Women’s Program to help others amid the pandemic

Highline’s Women’s Program is still helping students despite the pandemic continuing.

Laquita Fields is the new director of the Women’s Program. Fields previously worked as the WorkFirst Services Advising and Retention Coordinator and WISH Advisor for the past 13 years.

Burien Actor's Theater plans ‘shelter-in-place' seasons via Zoom

This year was supposed to be the Burien Actors Theater’s 40th season, but plans were interrupted by the arrival of COVID-19 and the resulting shutdown by the government in March.

The theater was in the middle of their performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the production had to be cut short.

Educator says binary visions don’t add up

Gay or straight, male or female, and Emedi or Emedi? Tamasha Emedi says binary distinctions don’t always make sense.

Emedi spoke on “The Queering of Authenticity” via Zoom on Oct. 14, as part of the Highline’s 10th annual LGTBQIA Week.

Highline literary magazine Arcturus launches on Zoom

For the past 40 years, Highline has published a literary magazine, Arcturus, with art from Highline students, staff, faculty, and alumni. But this year is different. With COVID-19, the editors face new challenges.

“Producing a physical object without ever touching the different options for cover stock or paper texture presents certain challenges,” Arcturus faculty adviser Susan Rich said. “Normally, the editors would visit with Dave Weber at the print shop. We’d also sit down with sales representatives on campus. Not this year.”

Author discusses Japanese American novel at virtual Big Read Event

Students who are taught about the history of World War II during high school or college rarely get to learn about how non-white citizens were affected by living in the U.S. during that era, an author told a Highline audience this week.

Author Julie Otsuka said that Japanese concentration camps were subjects that were not covered during school or any history class.