CAST says NO to sexual harassment and abuse

Sexual Harassment Red CrossFollowing the release of a joint statement by the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) and Screen Producers Australia (SPA) earlier this week, the Confederation of Australian State Theatres (CAST) have today, released a statement on behalf of its members stating that “sexual harassment and abuse in any form is unacceptable.”

“In response to incidents and allegations in the broader entertainment industry both here and overseas, we stand together to say that sexual harassment and abuse in any form is unacceptable.

We offer our unwavering support to the courageous people that have already come forward, and to any victims who have not yet had their stories heard – we are here for you.

CAST companies are committed to providing safe theatres and workplaces that are free from harassment and abuse. We are focused on continually improving physical and emotional safety.

We feel it is our responsibility to remove the stigma that can be felt by victims, and to encourage them with confidence to initiate formal complaint proceedings, and to seek appropriate counselling services and support.

CAST companies are committed to ensuring that our theatres and spaces are safe for everyone. The wellbeing of those who work for us is of utmost importance.”

Members of the Confederation of Australian State Theatres include: Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Circus Oz, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, State Theatre Company South Australia and Sydney Theatre Company.

The Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance is currently undertaking an anonymous survey for performers who’ve worked in Australian theatre productions, who have been a recipient of, or witnessed sexual harassment, criminal misconduct or bullying in the theatre. To take the survey, visit: www.alliance.org.au for details.

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