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#healmetoo podcast episodes 4 & 5:

#TheatreToo Panel on Taking the “Whisper” Out of the Network

 

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As an independent theater production, the #HealMeToo Festival wanted to bring special attention to the great work being done by organizations and independent artists to address and prevent sexual harassment and assault within our own industry. So we invited the co-founders of advocacy group, Let Us Work, to convene and moderate a #TheatreToo panel discussion on the ways we can organize to take the "whisper" out of the network.

In episodes 4 & 5 you’ll hear knowledgable leaders discuss the movement to address and prevent sexual harassment and assault within the theatre industry:

  • Programs that support independent artists to shift our culture and practices, especially in freelance and nonunion contexts

  • The advantages and disadvantages of a whisper network compared to traditional HR channels, and new ways of bringing our "whispers" forward

  • Upstander/bystander techniques that bring issues into the open in productive and transformative ways to help create safer spaces

  • The tiny yet impactful culture shifts we all can create in our creative spaces, regardless of what "top-down" approaches are implemented by arts administrators and organizations

  • Some of the obstacles that prevent people from taking advantage of complaint processes

  • Some ways economic exploitation of labor in theatre dovetails with harassment

  • Resources to help artists and arts organizations create culture change in their rehearsal rooms

  • The panel also shared personal stories of empowerment through whisper networks, and a story of trauma getting triggered during the creative process, and finding support through sharing stories

  • They outlined ways LIT, ART/NY and even the Calisto app are working to organize the information in offline "whisper" networks and increase accountability

Moderator Rachel Dart, stage director and co-founder of  Let Us Work

Moderator Rachel Dart, stage director and co-founder of Let Us Work

Moderator Stephanie Swirsky, playwright and co-founder of  Let Us Work

Moderator Stephanie Swirsky, playwright and co-founder of Let Us Work

Panelist Hope Chavez, Creative Producer + Programs Manager at A.R.T./New York

Panelist Hope Chavez, Creative Producer + Programs Manager at A.R.T./New York

Panelist Yvette Heyliger, playwright, producing artist & activist

Panelist Yvette Heyliger, playwright, producing artist & activist

Panelist Aimee Todoroff of League of Independent Theater & Elephant Run District

Panelist Aimee Todoroff of League of Independent Theater & Elephant Run District

Your Turn: Ideas & Links

So many great resources were mentioned during the panel discussion. Here are links to the organizations and services discussed:

League of Independent Theater Anti-Harassment Tooklit

A.R.T./NY (The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York)

HR for the Arts

  • offers mediation for artists, regardless of your union status

The Actors Fund

Better Brave

Creating Safe Spaces

  • Harassment training for creative environments offered by Aquia Squitieri

The Chicago Theatre Standards created by #NotInMyHouse

The Callisto app

currently only available on college campuses