OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

The following living document is informed and inspired by current events, structures in codes of conduct with companies we feel mirror the quality of care we want to take with our ensemble members. If you would like to file a confidential report, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

While the intersectional and inclusive nature of our work may include examining topics that may be controversial, complex, and provocative, we firmly believe that we are raising the standard of professional practice and pursuing excellence in art when we are actively seeking to bring our best selves to the work.

The Pressure Players (collectively; Danielle Kogan, Samantha Castro, and Jim Walsh) depend on respect and transparency as a basis for all working relationships. With each partnership, we aim to create a more civil, respectful, and open-minded culture with the goal of being creative in an environment free of harassment, unfair treatment, and bias-motivated behaviors which are inclusive but not limited to racism, Anti-Semitism, or discrimination toward any and all communities.

The following policies and definitions apply to all members of The Pressure Players’ community, regardless of their sex or gender. Policies also apply to all conduct by third parties (i.e., individuals who are not cast members, crew, staff such as guests and consultants).

All members of every project are meant to read the non-negotiable policies by which we operate, and sign this document to confirm they have understood what it means prior to working with The Pressure Players.

The Pressure Players expressly prohibit any form of harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, breastfeeding, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, military status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.Harassment of any ensemble members (temporary or permanent) by other ensemble members (temporary or permanent) or third party is strictly prohibited. The harassment of third parties by ensemble members (temporary or permanent) is also prohibited.Such conduct is prohibited in any form in the rehearsal or performance space, at theater-related functions with which The Pressure Players is affiliated, or outside of the workplace if it affects the workplace.

While this living document is not a comprehensive list of all the possible actions that encompass harassment/racism/discrimination/intersectionalism, our working definition includes any action (physical or verbal) that includes at least one of the following:

Any action (physical or verbal) that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of any protected characteristic, regardless of intent. This includes gaslighting, marginalization, microaggressions, and all facets of subliminal discrimination. 

Any action (physical or verbal) that is taken with the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment as defined by the law or our policy.

Any action (physical or verbal) taken with the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s creative work or adversely affects an individual’s work performance.

Any and all physical action committed without verbal and, if necessary, written consent by all participating individuals.

It is not our intention to create a workplace that discourages acceptable social interaction between individuals. Barring inherently explicit inappropriate behavior, sexual assault, and physical violence that endangers the safety and condition of any participant on any project at any time, our goal is to focus on creating a workplace in which those who feel violated can come forward, and those in violation of the code of conduct can find space to learn from their experience.


That said, the Pressure Players acknowledge their professional role in caring for the condition of each and every ensemble member regardless of their standing or involvement on any project. So-


We are currently able to take the following measures to assist you in all cases in which the code of conduct has been violated:


The Oops/Ouch Rule


Each member of each ensemble for every project in every case reserves the right to use the “Oops/Ouch” rule, in which any participant who is violated by any verbal or physical action taken can safely voice their sentiment immediately upon the occurrence of the incident. The user of the “Oops/Ouch” rule will then be asked to specify the exact instance in which they felt violated, after which the ensemble will discuss immediately how to better their behavior for increased awareness and cultural competency.


Formal Discussion


The Pressure Players acknowledge it will be their responsibility and that they are willing, with regard to every project and every ensemble member to ensure continuous and constant discussion that increases cultural competency. Especially with regard to conflicts in the workspace, all conflict will be mediated by a third party.


The conflict mediator will be another member of the company unless otherwise requested by an ensemble member, in which case when possible and necessary, The Pressure Players will seek an outside party better equipped to deal with cultural competency to assist in conflict mediation.

Discussion or conflict mediation can be requested by any member of any ensemble on any project at any time between the start of production and closing night, with as many members of the ensemble as necessary, regardless of their standing.


The Pressure Players acknowledge it will be their responsibility and that they are willing, with regard to every project to ensure continuous and constant discussion that increases cultural competency. Especially with regard to conflicts in the workspace, all conflict will be mediated by a third party.


The conflict mediator will be another member of the company unless otherwise requested by an ensemble member, in which case when possible and necessary The Pressure Players will seek an outside party better equipped to deal with cultural competency to assist in conflict mediation.

Discussion or conflict mediation can be requested by any member of any ensemble on any project at any time between the start of production and closing night, with as many members of the ensemble as necessary, regardless of their standing.


Confidential Reports


If you witness, observe, or experience bullying, harassment, assault, or misconduct, the following folks are equipped to help. Please reach out to whomever you feel comfortable.


Any member of any ensemble on any project at any time between the start of production and closing night can confidentially report instances in which they were violated OR in instances where they were witnesses to violations, regardless of their standing to either of the following people:

Danielle Kogan, Artistic Director OR
Jim Walsh, Business Manager


Following a report filed via either verbal discussion or physical documentation, The Pressure Players are able to approach the violator of the code of conduct for a private discussion. The Pressure Players also reserve the right to conduct an internal investigation with all resources available to or made available to them at their disposal with respect to the confidentiality of the report.

DISCLAIMER 


The Pressure Players, as an entity, and its members, individually, will not be held legally liable for the actions or misconduct outlined above which are committed by any of its members or any third party.  The Pressure Players will, to the extent of their abilities as a non-licensed corporation, handle any reports of harassment or misconduct promptly and thoroughly.  The reporting party and offending party will not be made to work together until a resolution is agreed on by all parties.  The Pressure Players will not seek or finance any legal action against any of its members or any third party.  The Pressure Players can and may at the height of their power in any case of harassment or misconduct, after reviewing and investigating the report, terminate an offending company member from employment with The Pressure Players and/or cease all working relationships with a third party offender.  In the case of a medical or immediate emergency, The Pressure Players will contact local authorities to aid in said emergency. 


Any other misconduct or violation reported to us which is not an immediate emergency will not be met with contact to local authorities by The Pressure Players. The reporting party reserves the right to seek legal advice and intervention at their own free will and expense.

 

A CONFIDENTIAL REPORT

The wording of questions in this report is inspired by the Ghost River Theater's confidential form, which we feel mirrors the inclusivity and priority of care we aspire to highlight in every one of our projects.

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