Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"A Code of Ethics for Theatre Workers"

In early August, Janet Thielke wrote a post titled "A 1945 Code of Ethics for Theatre Workers Surfaces" for In the post, she writes that a document called "A Code of Ethics for Theatre Workers" was discovered among the papers of the late actress Kathleen Freeman.

The Code, which includes a Foreword and 17 rules, was written in 1945 when then-24-year-old Freeman was creating a theatrical group called the Circle Players. The rules establish a code of conduct and etiquette for all people involved with a theatre. One of the rules is, "I shall never lose my enthusiasm for theatre because of disappointments." Others include respecting the theatre space and never missing a performance.

To read the full article by Janet Thielke, which includes all 17 rules plus the Foreword, click here.

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