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2017-2018 "NOT IN OUR HOUSE" Chicago Theatre Standards Presentation
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00PM
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Boulevard
Key West Ballroom; UCF Student Union
In January, 2015, a Chicago actor, after hearing an account of the fourth incident of sexual harassment about the same person and theatre company, made a Facebook post that decried such acts with the rallying cry, “NOT IN OUR HOUSE.” Hundreds of responses revealed that the problem was well-known, but no one felt safe enough to speak out. By March, 2015, a code of conduct was underway. Co-ordinated by Chicago actor Laura T. Fisher, a small group of theatre companies and artists crafted a draft of The Chicago Theatre Standards.
In presenting the work of Not In Our House and the resultant Chicago Theatre Standards document, Fisher tells the story of how theatre artists in Chicago responded to instances of sexual harassment and physical abuse with community activism. After sharing the history and priorities of the document, Fisher goes through the document contents, takes questions and offers feedback. She can structure and lead break-out groups and offer suggestions for community activism with an eye toward uniting rather than dividing productions, theatres, and communities.