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.
Read StageSource's essay on the work of the Line Drawn Initiative at HowlRound.com
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 groups.google.com/group/linedrawn
StageSource and IMPACT hosted their first Bystander Training Workshop designed specifically for theatre-makers this July. We are continuing to develop and host bystander training for theatre-makers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
REPORTING & SUPPORT:
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center—free, 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.
Collected harassment / other policies & sample templates drafted by StageSource
Notes on how to incorporate Intimacy Direction into your theatre practice
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)