This document serves as a reference Code of Conduct for all workshops, classes, and performances conducted by Impulse Theatre, including workshops taught by visiting teachers.
Impulse Theatre is committed, to:
- supporting, creating and presenting work that is accessible, diverse, and respectful of our cast, crew, and our audience; and
- maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.
Impulse Theatre, therefore, asks all participants in our workshops, classes, performances, and social events to commit to these principles, to respect each other and our audience, and to maintain professionalism and integrity.
In addition, we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body type, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form.
All communication should be appropriate for an audience which includes people of many different backgrounds. This applies both to performance and teaching.
Being kind and professional
Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Any harassment or sexist, racist, homphobic, or other exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for Impulse Theatre, whether on-stage or off.
When onsite at any performance or workshop venue please attend safety briefings where relevant, adhere to all safety guidelines, and follow any-and-all instructions given by venue management and staff.
Be on time and prepared for shows, call times, and workshops. Respect the facilities. Report any hazards or accidents promptly and honestly.
We are aware that, due to the nature of improvisation, you are working in-the-moment and that sometimes inappropriate things come out (especially in workshops), and sometimes audience suggestions will be less than savoury. We trust that you will use your professional judgement as teachers and performers to ensure the work we present does not become inappropriate or harmful. Remember, you are not obliged to accept audience suggestions that do not inspire you or that will lead to work that falls outside of these guidelines.
Handling problems in the moment
As an individual, you have the right to stop any scene that you find personally offensive or that you believe will offend the audience. You do not have to say “Yes”.
In a workshop, class or rehearsal situation, we encourage you to use the safe-word – “Nope!” Say it clearly, and remove yourself from the scene. As an individual you always has the power to stop the scene if you are uncomfortable, and you can do so with everyone’s support and without judgment. For others present, including the scene partner, you need to accept and respect the individual’s choice in that moment. If further discussion is needed, this should take place as soon as possible. If it can be handled quickly, then it should be done straight away, otherwise time should be set aside at the end of the workshop/rehearsal if possible.
In a show, if you can, use whatever improv tools you have at your disposal to either end the scene or move away from the offending offer. If that is not possible, you still have every right to simply walk off stage.
If you would like to report or discuss any situations such as above, you have several ports of call: Jonathan Briden, Joanna Prendergast, or your own director or teacher. All discussions will be kept confidential unless otherwise agreed. You are welcome to include a support person at any stage.
Consequences for breaching the Code of Conduct will be commensurate with the severity of the situation, and may include: apologies to affected parties, fines where financial loss has been incurred, exclusion from events, removal from classes, workshops, and shows, without refund, and being asked not to return in future. All decisions with regards to such situations are at the sole discretion of Impulse Theatre.
Thank you for helping make Impulse Theatre a safe, welcoming, and friendly community for all.