10 November 2017
The recent widely-reported incidents and allegations of sexual harassment in the theatre and entertainment industry both in Australia and overseas are deeply upsetting. We are committed to making sure that the intensity of this moment is converted into lasting, positive change. We want to be clear: sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace, anywhere.
As a major Australian arts organisation, we have a responsibility to proactively work to prevent, and put an end to sexual harassment, abuse and predatory behaviour in our industry and workplace.
We are an organisation of individuals that care deeply about our people and our community. STC is responding to the need for action through a range of existing and new workplace communications and support initiatives. We want our staff and artists to feel empowered and informed about what to do and who to talk to in case of an incident. We strive to be a place where everyone, especially our staff and artists, feel safe and supported.
A systemic problem that fails individuals is felt by us all. We hope that our industry uses this opportunity for self-reflection and change. Don’t be afraid to speak out. You will be taken seriously.
STC is a member of the Confederation of Australian State Theatres (CAST). Together with our partner organisations we released this statement on Friday 3 November 2017 in regards to this issue our industry is facing: