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Sexual Harassment Initiative

Line Drawn. Protecting the New England Theatre Community from Sexual Harm. Period.

For the performing arts community, Line Drawn is a challenge for us to create safe working spaces for our community, address issues, have bystanders trained, and be leaders in a culture shift. StageSource and IMPACT Boston are working on developing programs and resources specifically for the New England performing arts community.

Click here to read the initial report, including findings from our Line Drawn Survey and Line Drawn Summits 1 and 2.


Read StageSource's latest essay on the work of the Line Drawn Initiative at


Working group

A working group of theatre-makers and patrons from around New England have joined the Line Drawn Working Group to tackle issues brought up by the community during the Line Drawn Summits in 2018-2019.  They are currently working on two specific fronts:

1. Developing a set of Community Standards for New England artists and organizations to adopt and follow that deal with harassment.

2. Planning and looking into the idea of an External Reporting Entity for theatres to join and used as a central HR department to take reports of harassment and provide resources to handle them.

To join the Line Drawn Working Group visit


Sign up for our 3-Day Intimacy Intensive on October 18-20th to learn the foundational skills to create, utilize, and develop intimacy direction.

StageSource and IMPACT Boston hosted their first Bystander Training Workshop designed specifically for theatre-makers this July.  We hosted our first pilot Bystander Intervention Training specifically designed for theatre-makers in July 2019, and are continuing to develop this training.

In April 2019 we brought in Intimacy Directors International (IDI) to do a series of the first four public Intimacy Workshops in Boston.  Two with a focus on Intimacy in performance, one for educators working with students, and one for staff and administrators.

We are continuing to develop training and programming for the community.  If you have any questions or input on what you would like to see us bring to New England, please reach out to us at 



Boston Area Rape Crisis Centerfree, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. You can reach their hotline by phone 24-7 at 800-841-8371 or web chat 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. every day.

IMPACT Boston — Conducts bystander, self-defense, abuse prevention, and conflict de-escalation programs.  As well as consultations.

One Love Foundation — Education on healthy and unhealthy relationships (out of and within the workspace) tools empowering to identify and avoid abuse.  Including confidential, live hotlines and support.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Massachusetts Harassment Prevention Orders


Collected harassment / other policies & sample templates drafted by StageSource

Not in Our House — Chicago Theatre Standards

TCG — Theatre Communications Group sexual misconduct resource list

AEA — Actors' Equity Harassment Hotline

International Federation of Actors (FIA)

Intimacy Directors International & IDI's 5 Pillars of Practice





Launch Memo from Julie Henrikus(February 2018)

In 2018 & 2019 we held a series of Summits, facilitated by Meg Stone of IMPACT Boston, to learn from the community what their needs and concerns were and discuss how we need to move forward.

Report from StageSource Survey and Line Drawn Summits 1 and 2 (updated March 2019)

Handouts from Line Drawn Summit 3: Accountability (March 2019)


StageSource Partners