Theatre Code of Ethics

  • 1. I shall never miss a performance.


  • 2. I shall play every performance with energy, enthusiasm and to the best of my ability regardless of size of audience, personal illness, bad weather, accident, or even death in my family.


  • 3. I shall forego all social activities which interfere with rehearsals or any other scheduled work at the theatre, and I shall always be on time.


  • 4. I shall never make a curtain late by my failure to be ready on time.


  • 5. I shall never miss an entrance.


  • 6. I shall never leave the theatre building or the stage area until I have completed my performance, unless I am specifically excused by the stage manager; curtain calls are a part of the show.


  • 7. I shall not let the comments of friends, relatives or critics change any phase of my work without proper consultation; I shall not change lines, business, lights, properties, settings or costumes or any phase of the production without consultation with and permission of my director or producer or their agents, and I shall inform all people concerned.


  • 8. I shall forego the gratification of my ego for the demands of the play.


  • 9. I shall remember my business is to create illusion; therefore, I shall not break the illusion by appearing in costume and makeup off-stage or outside the theatre.


  • 10. I shall accept my director’s and producer’s advice and counsel in the spirit in which it is given, for they can see the production as a whole and my work from the front.


  • 11. I shall never “put on an act” while viewing other artists’ work as a member of an audience, nor shall I make caustic criticism from jealousy or for the sake of being smart.


  • 12. I shall respect the play and the playwright and, remembering that “a work of art is not a work of art until it is finished,” I shall not condemn a play while it is in rehearsal.


  • 13. I shall not spread rumor or gossip which is malicious and tends to reflect discredit on my show, the theatre, or any personnel connected with them-either to people inside or outside the group.


  • 14. Since I respect the theatre in which I work, I shall do my best to keep it looking clean, orderly and attractive regardless of whether I am specifically assigned to such work or not.


  • 15. I shall handle stage properties and costumes with care for I know they are part of the tools of my trade and are a vital part of the physical production.


  • 16. I shall follow rules of courtesy, deportment and common decency applicable in all walks of life (and especially in a business in close contact with the public) when I am in the theatre, and I shall observe the rules and regulations of any specific theatre where I work.


  • 17. I shall never lose my enthusiasm for theatre because of disappointments.


In addition:
I understand that membership in the Limelight Productions entitles me to the privilege of working, when I am so assigned, in any of the phases of a production, including: props, lights, sound, construction, house management, box office, publicity and stage managing-as well as acting. I realize it is possible I may not be cast in the part that i want, but I will not allow this to dampen my enthusiasm or desire to work, since I realize without my willingness to do all phases of theatre work, there would be no theatre for me to act in.