Chicago Collective Responds to Harassment in Theatres

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A new code of conduct has been drafted in response to artists dealing with sexual harassment, discrimination and violence.
Lori Myers
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Laura T. Fisher
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Chicago theatre artists have composed a 25-page code of conduct for non-Equity theatres, according to the Chicago Tribune. The document has been drafted by Lori Myers and Laura T. Fisher, in association with Not in Our House collective, and will be presented to the community April 18 at Theater Wit.

The initiative was launched in response to artists and people within the industry dealing with sexual harassment, discrimination and violence, among other issues. The newly drafted code aims to address some of the existing problems and provide an outline for how to deal with them. A number of non-Equity theatres have already committed to utilizing the code, which will be available to any non-Equity company.

“There are always spoken and unspoken house rules that actors learn in college or by being a part of the culture, but in terms of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and other health safety issues, there's really a deficit,” Fisher told the Tribune. “I really hope it (the code) catches on.”

The code will be published on notinourhouse.org following the April 18 launch event.

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