CODE OF CONDUCT

Everyone who enters the Kismet Improv space — audience members, students, performers, teachers and guests — are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

PURPOSE

  • The spirit of improv is acceptance. To create great improv, we must set ourselves up to accept offers, build upon these offers, and create experiences that are fun, funny and interesting.

  • In order to practice acceptance, Kismet Improv prioritizes inclusion of performers, students, teachers and contributors from diverse and varied backgrounds.

  • As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

  • This code of conduct details expectations for everyone who participates in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

THE NATURE OF ART AND COMEDY

  • We are practicing a perfectly imperfect art form. We understand mistakes will be made.

  • We are building a culture of tolerance, authenticity and acceptance. This means that we accept responsibility, apologize for unintended behavior and make strides to create a more welcoming community in all of our future actions.

EXPECTED BEHAVIOR

  • We expect the following of our performers, students, teachers, and all members of the Kismet Improv community:

    • Show respect in your speech and actions, both on and off-stage. 

    • Be mindful of our space, your surroundings and of your fellow participants.

    • Do not engage in physical contact without the consent of the other party.

    • Do not harass, demean or discriminate against other members of the community.

    • Participate authentically. 

    • Use community members’ requested names.

    • Use community members’ proper pronouns.

  • Kismet Improv has zero tolerance for any of the following behaviors:

    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).

    • Inappropriate photography or recording.

    • Inappropriate physical contact. 

    • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.

    • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.

    • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.

    • Sustained disruption of classes, workshops, shows or other events.

    • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcome sexual advances.

    • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.

    • Weapons or weaponry of any kind.

    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS

  • Unacceptable behavior from any community member will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

  • Kismet Improv employees and teachers are prepared to enforce the rules of this Code of Conduct by asking the violating community members to leave a situation.

  • If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, Kismet Improv may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

REPORTING VIOLATIONS

  • Community members are encouraged to alert Kismet Improv employees or teachers if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct. 

  • Reports should be made to Melody Beach, our human resources consultant. Melody can be reached at hr@kismetimprov.com.

Code of Conduct Updated March 1, 2022