Submit: Accounts of Discrimination in Theatre for Parent-Artists | Administered by PAALtheatre.com
Thank you for sharing your experiences of discrimination in the workplace. Employers, employees, and freelance are welcome to share their stories. Please participate by contributing first-person experiences. If you know of an act of discrimination against another person, encourage them to share first-person with us themselves in the survey below. We appreciate in advance your generosity of experience. In our report we will remove all identifiers if a quote is used strictly providing anonymity.
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with the subject: Account of Discrimination in US Theatre
What is your primary theatrical discipline?
Administration - Upper Level Management
Administration - Lower Level Management
Front of House
Are you primarily freelance or resident/permanently employed?
Resident Company/Permanent Employment (Part-time)
Resident Company/Permanent Employment (Full-time)
How many years of experience do you have in your primary discipline?
What is your level of education in your primary discipline?
Did your parent-artist experience with discrimination happen in the United States?
How do you identify/Preferred Pronouns? (Optional)
If relevant, was the source of discrimination individual or was it an act of an institution?
Act of an Institution
At what stage of parenting did you experience discrimination? (select all that apply)
Active pregnancy (self)
Active pregnancy (partner)
Active adoption process
Immediately post-birth (self or partner)
Within the child's first year
Child age 1-3
Child age 4-12
Child 12+ years
If applicable, at what level of institution did the discrimination take place?
Please share the story of your experience with discrimination in the theatre as a parent-artist:
What best describes the Human Resources support provided at this time?
No human resources available.
Human resources were available but were hostile.
Human resources were available but limited in their influence on the organization.
Human resources were available and successfully advocated on my behalf.
I didn't know/do not know how to seek Human Resource advocates for cases of discrimination.
Feel free to share any details on your Human Resources experience:
What best describes the legal assistance you received?
Some counsel but no mediation or case.
Counsel and mediation.
Counsel and case brought to court.
Counsel, case brought to court, successfully advocated for.
I didn't know/do not know how to seek legal assistance for cases of discrimination.
Feel free to share any details on your legal assistance experience:
What best describes the union support you received?
I do not belong to a union.
I belong to a union but I did not reach out.
I belong to a union, I reached out, and they had not information or resources to provide.
I belong to a union, I reached out, but they were powerless, indifferent or hostile to my experience.
I belong to a union, I reached out, and they attempted to find me resources with no success.
I belong to a union, I reached out, and they were helpful in guiding me to helpful action steps.
I belong to a union, I reached out, and they successfully advocated for me to my employer.
Feel free to share any details on your union support experience:
How long ago did this act of discrimination take place?
Within the last month
Less than 3 months ago
6 months ago
1 year ago
1.5-2 years ago
3-5 years ago
5-10 years ago
10+ years ago
What resources do you wish you had/would you like to see made available in the future?
Explanations and easy access to what's available via union protection
Appropriate language and behavior materials distributed to employers
Action for well-defined maternity/paternity leave policy
Childcare provided by institution
Increased pay to cover childcare
Human Resources gathered and explained for self-advocacy
Education and access on legal resources and human rights protections against discrimination in the theatre
Third party mediator to engage in a professional conversation as my advocate
Online resources for networking and finding local community connection to stay engaged
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