Awkward Stage’s policy on Respectful Workspaces

“We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.”   – Martin Buber

On January 22, 2018 Awkward Stage held another of its eye-opening Fireside Chats, designed for emerging artists who are looking for tools when engaging each other and the community as a whole.  It was a rich and rewarding evening with much depth and wisdom from our panelists, Scott Bellis, Jane Heyman, Sharon Crandall, and Natalie Cutayne, and chaired by our own board president Barbara Gobis.   Our thanks to our panelists all for their support, and to our board, our associates and those emerging and established artists who either attended, or offered support and wisdom in advance of and since the event.

Our board and associates have been closely examining the events of the past several months in our industry and have come up with a living document that we hope can guide our behaviour as a company as well as stand as a model for other non-professional and semi professional groups who produce theatre.

We are proud to say, this is who we are:

Awkward Stage Productions (ASP) is committed to providing respectful workspaces, free from disrespectful behaviour for all our people, including artists, volunteers and administrative staff.


We define disrespectful behavior as, but not limited to: harassment (including sexual harassment), bullying and discrimination.


We do not tolerate conduct intended to undermine the dignity or self-esteem of an individual, or which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.


We will take prompt action to address disrespectful behavior and allegations of disrespectful behavior, and support those who may have experienced or witnessed harassment.


We want all our people to know that they are safe to speak up about disrespectful behavior and they will be heard.


Follow these links for our evolving draft policy and a list of resources you may find useful:

ASP draft policy on Respectful Workspaces

Resources and where to get help

And please spread the word.  Artists, please feel free to share our resource list and our own statement widely.  Theatre companies are encouraged to create statements and policies for your workplaces too.  If you would like to use our documents, please contact us at for permission and wording for a statement of acknowledgement.