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LINE DRAWN - Harassment Initiative

Line Drawn

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 to prevent and deal with all forms of harassment.

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

Read our essay on the work of Line Drawn at

Line Drawn Standards

are a set of beliefs developed by the New England theatre community to prevent and address harassment.


To read the full document, click here. (updated 2/21/20)

For a printer-friendly version, click here(updated 2/21/20)


Interested in being a part of the Line Drawn pilot program?  Reach out to 


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


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.  October 2019 we brought IDI back in to train 35 artists in a 3-day Intimacy Intensive to learn the foundational skills to create, utilize, and develop intimacy direction and consent practices.



  • Bystander Intervention Workshop — March 28, 2020 — Register Here
  • Bystander Intervention Workshop — June 8, 2020 

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 


If you work at or attend a college or educational institution, many have an array of resources for reporting, counseling, and support.



Collected Harassment-related policies & sample templates drafted by StageSource

Not in Our House — Chicago Theatre Standards

Not in Our House DC — DC Theatre Standards

TCG — Theatre Communications Group sexual misconduct resource list

AEA — Actors' Equity Harassment Hotline

International Federation of Actors (FIA)

Intimacy Directors & Coordinators 

IDI's 5 Pillars of Intimacy Practice



If you are seeking medical attention, injury documentation, a sexual-assault nurse exam, or evidence collection:

Boston Medical Center: 617-414-4075

Massachusetts General Hospital: 617-724-4100

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: 617-754-2450

Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 617-732-5636



Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination — enforces the Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws through the investigation of Discrimination Complaints, the prosecution and adjudication of cases, and through preventative training and education.

Massachusetts Harassment Prevention Orders — for seeking harassment prevention order, restraining order, or protective order. Chapter 258E , is there to protect you against someone who is harassing, stalking or sexually assaulting you, no matter what your relationship with them might be.

Info on MA Mandated Reporters — Those working with minors (including teachers, educational administrators, physicians, police officers, and more) are required to report abuse and neglect. An additional guide for MA requirements here.  To find other state laws, visit



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.  800-841-8371

Victim Rights Law Center  The VRLC offers free legal assistance to sexual assault survivors who have legal needs as a result of the assault in areas of privacy, safety, education, employment, immigration, housing, LGBTQ-specific issues, criminal justice advocacy, and financial stability. In addition they provide resources for professionals who work with survivors.  617-399-6720 x19

Fenway Health Violence Recovery Program — Free counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services of domestic violence, sexual assault, and anti-LGBTQ hate violence.  VPR staff is specialized in working with LGBTQ individuals. 617-927-6202

Psychology Today — a free and fairly comprehensive resource for finding a licensed therapist who can help you consider options and manage your well-being.

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network — Free, confidential, national hotline. 800-656-4673

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.



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.





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)


This work was inspired in part by the work of #NotInOurHouse 

StageSource Partners