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

  • The spirit of improv is acceptance. Therefore, we must set ourselves up to accept offers, build upon these offers, and create experiences that are fun, funny, and interesting.
    To practice acceptance, Kismet Improv prioritizes the 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 participating in our community and the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

  • As we create art, we understand that we will all make mistakes.

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


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 your fellow participants.

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

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

  • Use community members’ requested names.

  • Use community members’ proper pronouns.


In our professional and social environment, it's crucial to establish clear expectations to ensure a safe and respectful atmosphere. In addition to the previous guidelines, we also require the following behaviors from members of the Kismet community. These policies apply to in-person as well as online interactions

  • All interactions between performers, students, teachers, and coaches should initially occur via email or phone call. The transition to text messages, social media, or any other form of communication must be mutually agreed upon by both parties.

  • Social gatherings outside Kismet, such as parties, retreats, meals, and outings, are not obligatory. Participation in these activities should be entirely voluntary and not be considered a requirement for casting, team membership, or career opportunities.

  • If you're interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with a fellow member of the community, we expect you to approach the situation professionally and with respect. This includes initiating such conversations in a safe and considerate manner, allowing the other person the space to express their feelings and preferences without pressure or coercion. Additionally, be prepared to accept their response gracefully, whether it's a positive or negative one while maintaining a supportive and respectful working relationship within our community.

  • When engaging in romantic or dating relationships within the community, consent is of paramount importance. All parties involved must communicate their boundaries, ensure mutual understanding, and respect each other's choices at all times.

  • Romantic relationships involving a member of leadership (teacher, coach, director, producer) must be reported to Kismet Improv. Otherwise, no disclosure is needed.


Kismet Improv has a zero-tolerance policy towards the following behaviors. Immediate action will be taken upon any reports of such behaviors, up to and including immediate termination without warning.

  • 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, including 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.

  • Unacceptable behavior from any community member will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop inappropriate 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.

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

  • Community members are encouraged to alert Kismet Improv employees or teachers if they 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


Coaches, teachers, directors, and peer leaders are expected to exemplify the highest standards of behavior, both on and off-stage. Your conduct should serve as a positive model for the rest of the community. Demonstrate respect, inclusivity, and professionalism at all times.​

  • Communication expectations:

    • Teachers should limit communication with students to email, planned phone calls, or in-person meetings. After a class, normal communication standards, as outlined in the Code of Conduct, apply.

  • Coaches must receive affirmative consent before sending any communication over a medium other than email, including group text messages or social media chats.

  • In your role as leader, provide constructive feedback and guidance in a respectful and supportive manner. Avoid any form of demeaning language, humiliation, or personal attacks during coaching sessions, workshops, or rehearsals.

  • Exercise heightened awareness of personal boundaries, particularly in one-on-one interactions with students or community members. Avoid engaging in behaviors that may be perceived as inappropriate, such as excessive personal disclosures or seeking personal information unrelated to the improv context.

  • Avoid favoritism and ensure equal opportunities for all community members to participate and grow within the Kismet Improv community.

  • If you find yourself in a romantic or dating relationship with a community member, particularly a student or someone under your leadership, disclose the relationship to Kismet’s HR consultant within 4 weeks.

  • Refrain from participating in casting, team formation, or other decision-making processes where personal relationships may compromise objectivity. Any conflicts of interest should be disclosed to Kismet Improv leadership for appropriate handling.

  • Coaches, teachers, directors, and peer leaders must promptly report any instances of Code of Conduct violations, especially those involving themselves or other leaders. Failure to report such incidents may result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from leadership roles and the Kismet community.

Code of Conduct Updated December 27, 2023

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