Safe Theatres Australia (STA) is an initiative committed to creating theatrical workspaces that are free of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination; workspaces that are safe for everyone.
The performing arts sector has embraced STA's goals, and The Kiln offers this workshop for independents in dealing with potential scenarios they might face.
Last year, Live Performance Australia released its Code of Practice to Prevent Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment & Bullying, and on 9 October, the first Victorian Safe Theatres Workshop was held at Arts Centre Melbourne*. This workshop consisted of practical sessions that delved deeply into the Code examining potential real life scenarios and best practice responses. The workshop mainly catered to the larger companies who have established workplace policies.
This Safe Theatres for Independents workshop will focus on how those working in the smaller companies and independent sector might deal with potential scenarios involving workplace bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment, especially in the absence of formal workplace policies and resources.
Speakers include Kim Tran (Live Performance Australia), Eryn Jean Norvill (Safe Theatres) and Tracy Margieson (Arts Wellbeing Collective). Justice Connect's Head of Not-for-profit Law lawyer Juanita Pope will also be on hand to respond to participant questions. This workshop will be hosted by theatre-maker and facilitator Kate Sulan, and is presented with support from Theatre Network Australia and Creative Victoria.
*In partnership with Safe Theatres Australia, Theatre Network Australia, Creative Victoria, Live Performance Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre.