Communicate and respect boundaries on and off stage, bearing in mind that they are different for everyone.

Keep any physical contact safe and socially appropriate.

Speak up if something makes you uncomfortable, or if you notice another participant may be uncomfortable

Listen with an open mind if somebody else speaks up

Play to the top of your intelligence and integrity

Assume good will; people are hardly ever aiming to be offensive.

In improv, you can be anyone and anything you want to be. Make sure everyone else can too.

Nursery Code of Conduct Policy and Procedures

It is the policy of The Nursery Theatre to maintain a working, performing and learning environment free from sexual, racial, age-based, religious, ethnic, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/ or expression, and any other form of forbidden harassment of any personnel, intern, performer or student.

Such harassment in any manner or form is expressly prohibited. It is also the policy of the Theatre that no individual be subjected to any unwelcome conduct that is or should be known to be offensive because of his or her gender, race, age, religion, ethnicity, disability; sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or other category.

The Nursery recognizes that it is not typical of all workplaces. The work that we do can address the extremes of human behaviour and the atmosphere of the Nursery community is social as well as professional. It is not the intention of the Nursery to mimic an office environment. While this may require a more nuanced reading of social cues than the more clearly defined office environment, it is the hope of the Nursery that with a combination of communication, common sense, respect, and empathy, the community can create an environment that balances safety and expression without compromising either.

All reported or reasonably suspected occurrences of forbidden harassment will be investigated (in accordance with the procedures outlined below) in a confidential manner and as promptly and as thoroughly as is practical and necessary. Where harassment has occurred, the Nursery will take appropriate disciplinary, educational, or other corrective action, up to and including termination from a position at the Nursery, the loss of ability to perform or the immediate revocation of a student's ability to perform internship duties and/or take classes at the 1 Nursery without compensation for time spent or refund of tuition paid.

There will be no retaliation against an individual who has complained about or reported alleged forbidden harassment or who has cooperated with an investigation of alleged forbidden harassment, regardless of the outcome of the investigation.

Section 1: Conduct Prohibited By The Policy

For purposes of this Policy, forbidden harassment includes the following:

Hostile environment sexual harassment may occur when there are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Also, non-sexual conduct that is unwelcome and offensive and which is directed at an individual because of the individual's gender may create a hostile environment. Racial, age-based, religious, ethnic, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and other forbidden forms of harassment may occur when there is conduct which is motivated by or relates to an individual's race, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or any other characteristic. Hostile environment harassment occurs when such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to and does:

  1. Unreasonably interfere with an individual's work, performance or ability to learn, or
  2. Create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, performance or learning environment