CODE OF CONDUCT

Winthrop Playmakers expects all representatives to act in accordance with the highest standards of personal and professional integrity in all aspects of their activities and to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and company policies. We must never compromise that integrity. In accepting a membership or agreeing to perform in a show, signing a music and/or director contract with The Winthrop Playmakers, each of us becomes accountable for compliance with the law, with this Code of Conduct and with the policies and By-Laws of the Playmakers.

The Code of Conduct applies to all Winthrop Playmakers' representatives, including its General Members, Board of Directors, Musicians, Performance Cast/Crew, and Production Team. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the policies, rules and regulations of the Winthrop Playmakers.

If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct or about any Playmaker rules and regulation, you should discuss them with a Board of Director or a member of your Production Team.

Winthrop Playmakers expects you to act in full compliance with the policies set forth in this Code. Failure to observe these policies may result in sanctions administered by the Board of Directors, up to and including immediate termination of membership or removal from a show.

 

bullet The Management (i.e., Board of Directors, Front of House Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee and/or the Production House Staff) reserves the right to refuse admittance to and/or ask for the removal of any person behaving in a manner that is found to be detrimental to or not in the best interest of a performance, a rehearsal, or any other Winthrop Playmaker activity.
 
bullet Use of illegal substances will not be tolerated, anyone caught using an illegal substance will be automatically removed from the building, and subject to additional sanctions, such as removal from the show or have their membership revoked. Alcohol should not be consumed before rehearsals or performances and when at a Playmaker social activity alcohol should never be offered to or consumed by a minor (less than 18 years of age). Anyone caught providing alcohol to a minor will be subject to sanctions administered by the Board of Directors and will be asked to leave the premises. The Minor who accepts the alcohol will also be subject to sanctions administered by the Board of Directors and removed from the premises; additionally the minor's parents will be contacted by a member of the Board of Directors.
 
bullet The Playmakers value an environment where diversity is embraced, and where our members' differences are valued and respected. We prohibit sexual or any other kind of discrimination, harassment or intimidation. Discrimination and harassment whether based on a person’s race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status or socioeconomic status will not be tolerated and should be reported to any Board Member (in confidence) for appropriate action to be taken.
 
bullet All cast, crew and Production Staff are requested to maintain a professional image, as it reflects on the Theater as a whole. This includes the use of foul language (swear words). In productions that include minor children, this rule becomes even more important. Always be aware of your surroundings and mindful of children and/or the general public that may be within hearing or viewing range.
 

PRODUCTION
 

bullet On performance nights, there should be no contact between cast members and audience prior to the performance. Messages for the cast will be delivered by the stage manager or member of the House staff.
 
bullet The House (audience seating area) will be open one half hour before all performances unless there is an emergency or lighting problem. Warm ups will be held in the upstairs theater until one half hour before curtain.
 
bullet There shall be a plan to follow in the event of a show cancellation regarding notifying cast, crew, audience and ticket holders.
 
bullet All cast and crew are expected to participate in the strike of the show. The Stage Manager is responsible for posting the strike list in the dressing rooms prior to the last show. Since the Playhouse consists of volunteers, a team approach is to be taken during strike, so that all participants can finish the strike in a timely manner in order to attend any post-show social events. Cast members are encouraged to support all aspects of productions, including: set construction, painting, and clean-up before a show. The Production team will communicate set building, painting and clean up days.
 
bullet All membership dues and show fees are payable to the show's Producer(s), prior to the first rehearsal. Please refer to the By-Laws for details.
 
bullet During the run of a show, a Concession Stand is available for cast, crew and audience members. Items are available for purchase. Cast and Crew members are expected to pay for these items. Please do not place the Concession Stand staff in an uncomfortable position by asking for free or "comped” items. Several cast and crew members find it easier to make a donation upfront at the start of the show, which covers their purchases for the run of the show. The kitchen area in the back of the theater contains a refrigerator, water bubbler (both hot and cold) and microwave. You are encouraged to bring any specialty items such as herb tea; throat lozenge’s, snacks etc, and leave them in the Dressing Room, with your name on it.
 

TICKETS
 

bullet As a bonus of membership, each current member will be entitled to purchase one (1) ticket per production for $10.00. The ticket staff should have an up-to-date membership list. Cast members should alert House Staff to any special requirements (i.e. difficulty with stairs) of friends or family that are attending performances.
 
bullet Prepaid tickets/prepaid reservations will be honored no matter how late patron arrives, but, they may be asked to wait to be seated until there is an appropriate break in the performance.
 
bullet Unpaid reservations can be held until 20 minutes prior to Showtime or earlier (in the case of a possible sell-out) if that policy is made clear at the time the reservations are made.
 
bullet Cast members and patrons are encouraged to pay for and pick up their tickets in advance. Refunds will only be given if the ticket holder has notified the Box Office in ample time.
 
bullet Tickets can be exchanged if necessary, again, if the Box Office is notified in ample time.
 

GENERAL MAINTENANCE AND UPKEEP
 

bullet Use of the Tool Room, Dressing Room, Props Closet and their contents may not be used without the permission of the Board of Directors, in advance of the use.
 
bullet The maintenance and cleanliness of the entire building is the responsibility of all members under the guidance of the Front of House and/or Buildings and Grounds Committee(s)”. Individuals should dispose of their own “trash” in a proper receptacle. All members will be asked from time to time to participate in “clean-up parties”. This is our “Home away from Home” and must always be kept neat inside and outside (including the front, sides, and back) as this is the first impression on our audiences and prospective members.
 
bullet NO food or drink, other than water, is allowed in the upstairs theater, at any time, this includes rehearsals, set builds, meetings and performance.; water is allowed during rehearsal and performances
 
bullet No smoking in the building at anytime, anywhere, by anyone, this includes the roof area.
 


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