Performance Code of Conduct

Performance Code of Conduct



Performance etiquette is essential. All performers should abide by, and adhere to these codes. If you are starting a theatre troupe or have a couple of employees performing to an audience I would advise you to sit down and write up a Code of Conduct. Through my experiences I found those performance groups that have a Code of Conduct made the “behind the scenes” work easier and co-worker relations a very positive experience. I believe it is very hard to conceal any team tension from a audience…especially when the audience is children, they are soooo perceptive!

The following is a performance Code of Conduct I had in place for my performers. I also listed some PDF’s from other organizations. I may introduce some new Code of Conducts after viewing these:

http://www.upainc.net/2000/Disney/Disney/Forms/CodeofConduct.pdf
http://www.bandfest.com/forms/MMD_Application.pdf
http://www.coai.org/ethics.htm
http://www.ubcp.com/images/up-1Performer_Code_of_Conduct__July_8_04.pdf

My Code of Conducts…
1) The audience must never see you getting prepared.
This includes stage, FX, lighting, sound set up and character preparation (laying out of puppets, getting into a character outfit).

2) Never let the audience see you out of character.
Once a character is introduced you are that character until you leave the stage, or are hidden from the audience.

3) Apologize to audience if MAJOR equipment malfunction happens.
If there is a malfunction, or something happens that could endanger anyone- inform the audience- allow time to fix problem.

4) Never let The audience see you reading scripts.

5) Always acknowledge the crowd at the end of performances.
You deserve recognition for your performance- always bow and make certain to introduce others that have contributed to the performance (tech people, theatre hall)

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