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OUR COMMUNITY VALUES & GUIDELINES

New York Stage and Film (NYSAF) is dedicated to developing new stories, and embraces the collaboration necessary for this process. As we pursue healthy engagement where working and living coexist, we invite all individuals to consider our values within and beyond the rehearsal room, the stage, our housing, and their residency experience.

RESPECT

  • We recognize that every individual represents intersections of cultural identities and attitudes, traditions, and rights deserving of respect and protection. We acknowledge that there are a multiplicity of values and practices, and there is more than one way to think, communicate, engage, and problem-solve. 

  • Attempt to treat others the way they want to be treated. If you don’t know how that is, ask and listen to find out.

  • Regardless of age or years of professional engagement, we all have something to teach, and we all have something to learn.

RESPONSIBILITY/ACCOUNTABILITY

  • We all make mistakes. We are encouraged to communicate through any issues that might come up. While these conversations might feel messy or difficult, we commit to listening with respect and curiosity, in pursuit of a greater understanding of one another.

  • Be conscious of intent and impact - no matter your intention, you are also responsible for your impact. 

COMMUNICATION

  • Speak from Yourself. Speak from your truth. Speak from the place of “I.” Seek permission if you would like to share a story that is not yours. 

  • We can’t be articulate all the time. Embrace the ability to speak in First Draft. 

  • Sometimes we will be in conversation around topics that are sensitive. We encourage one another to state our needs and boundaries in these situations. Part of being human and dissecting our existence through story is navigating complex topics that fall into gray zones. Please stay sensitive when in discussion, and take care of each other’s boundaries.

CARE

  • Take care. Our community extends beyond the boundaries of the rehearsal room. As an artistic community that has historically been conditioned to believe that the show “must go on,” our belief is that our overall well-being contributes to the general health of the art form, and is worth more than our productivity. 

  • We are all in this together. We will always strive to support and help one another. 

  • We hope you can find rest, joy, inspiration, and rejuvenation while you’re working with NYSAF.

  • Everyone has different access needs–some visible, some not–we’re here to listen and support your access needs in whatever ways they show up. Anyone’s access needs can change, just let us know. 

We are all - fundamentally - humans in process.

We strive to build the world we believe in, by attempting to create it here.

 

You are invited to  provide feedback to continue uplifting the goals of the community. 

OUR CODE OF CONDUCT (AN OVERVIEW)

New York Stage and Film is a company dedicated to a flexible, artist-driven process. We believe in artistic freedom, artistic expression, and empowering artists to reach their fullest visions. We believe that a safe process can only be fostered in a creative space that is also a brave space.

 

We expect that all members of the community recognize that each individual has a right to a working environment that encourages considerate, dignified and non-sexualized working relationships. New York Stage and Film seeks to ensure that we maintain a welcoming space that fosters understanding and respect, and that all of the following Codes of Conduct are upheld and clearly communicated to everyone. 

 

ANTI-RACISM PRINCIPLES & POLICY

NYSAF is committed to dismantling harmful, racist systems to authentically realize our founding principles of process and community. We are committed to anti-racism practices that actively promote equity, inclusion and justice for each person in our community, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or ableness. NYSAF recognizes that the experiences of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern, North African and all People of Color require additional attention and effort in order to right historic and contemporary wrongs. NYSAF will not tolerate direct or indirect, blatant or inferred, intentional or unintentional acts of racism including racial discrimination, bias, antagonism, harassment, unauthorized investigating, or ill-intended, racially-motivated inequity of any sort, under any circumstance. 

                        

ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT PRINCIPLES & POLICY

Sexual harassment of any community member in any form is unacceptable conduct, which will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

 

ANTI-HARASSMENT / ANTI-BULLYING PRINCIPLES & POLICY

NYSAF is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that prohibits unlawful discriminatory practices including harassment and retaliation. Under this policy, harassment is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her/their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law, or that of his/her/their relatives, friends or associates, and that: a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities.

 

WHISTLEBLOWER & ANTI-RETALIATION POLICY

NYSAF is committed to maintaining a work environment where employees are free to voice good faith concerns regarding NYSAF’s business practices, including without limitation reporting suspected violations of NYSAF’s workplace policies or reporting fraudulent activities, accounting or auditing irregularities, or other improprieties in NYSAF’S fiscal management. This policy enables employees to raise concerns internally prior to seeking resolution outside the organization. Therefore, if any employee reasonably believes that some policy, practice, or activity of NYSAF is in violation of law, a written complaint may be filed by that employee. NYSAF will not retaliate against an employee who, in good faith, has made a protest or raised a complaint against some practice of NYSAF, or of another individual or entity with whom NYSAF had a business relationship, on the basis of a reasonable belief that the practice is in violation of law or a clear mandate of public policy or NYSAF’s policies.

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