The Cabaret to require proof of vaccination

Joey Amato | August 30, 2021

As the Delta variant surges, providing a safe space for artists, staff and audiences is imperative for venues to remain sustainable during this continuing pandemic. As such, The Cabaret will require proof of a completed vaccination for all audience members attending a performance at the venue beginning September 24, 2021, until further notice.

“After experiencing 516 days of being unable to present indoor performances, we continue to carefully balance
the safety of our audiences, staff, and artists with the concerns of privacy and individual freedom,” says
Shannon Forsell, Artistic Director and CEO of The Cabaret. “The national and international artists slated to
perform at The Cabaret are coming from areas where these mandates are already in place and are making it
clear that they expect this level of safety precaution to perform here — including Megan Hilty, who is set to
perform a five-show sold-out run starting September 24. While performing on our stage, they do not have the
luxury of wearing a mask to protect themselves during the show. Some have young children unable to be
vaccinated, some are Broadway performers who cannot risk losing weeks away from work – especially after
experiencing more than a year without work. These artists deserve to feel safe, just as we all do.”

The Cabaret is joining many other local and national arts organizations, such as Broadway, Live Nation, The
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and HI-FI in this new temporary requirement. To make it as streamlined as
possible, as well as to offer options for those concerned with privacy, guests may present vaccine verification
the following ways: (1) via the Bindle app and shown via smartphone, (2) a digital photo of a vaccine card shown
via smartphone – along with a photo ID, or (3) the physical vaccine card – along with a photo ID.

Earlier this month, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance announced they
were partnering with Bindle to provide a means for venues to verify patrons’ vaccination or COVID-19 test
status. Individuals can download the app and input their information, which then creates an entry pass they will
show when they arrive at the performance.

“Indy is looking forward to a robust fall arts season, but options like vaccines or negative test verification are
necessary to ensure the safety of artists and audiences as well as the sustainability of venues and arts
organizations,” said Julie Goodman, Arts Council of Indianapolis President and CEO. “We are partnering with IIVA
to make the Bindle health app available to support audiences and venues with this process. It’s free, takes three
minutes to set up on your phone, and gives users complete control over who sees their information. Venues or
Bindle will never have access to individual health information – attendees can simply show their digital health
pass while presenting their ticket.”