Line Drawn Initiative

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The Line Drawn Initiative works to prevent harassment and abuse in the New England performing arts community. By developing programs and resources specifically for the needs of the New England performing arts community, Line Drawn aims to create safer and more equitable work environments. We are committed to this initiative because preventing harassment and abuse is not optional, it is a requirement for creating theatre.

The Standards

These Community Standards are a unified set of practices developed over three years by the New England performing arts community in collaboration with IMPACT Boston. These nine standards were developed through a process that Included summits, anonymous surveys, and community meetings. They are designed to be rigorous and impactful, while remaining achievable by performing arts organizations of all sizes and budgets. By adopting at least eight of the nine standards, a company can receive a Line Drawn Designation.

These standards represent minimum expectations of Line Drawn organizations and should not be used to replace organizational polices. Participating Producers will use the standards to create and implement policies and practices that fit their individual structures and resources.


We gratefully acknowledge the inspiration and influence of the Not In Our House Project (Chicago), Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC), and Theatrical Intimacy Education (TIE) in this work and development process.

These standards were written and designed by John Meredith in collaboration with StageSource, IMPACT Boston, and the New England theatre community.

History of Line Drawn

In 2018 & 2019, StageSource held a series of Summits, facilitated by Meg Stone of IMPACT Boston, to learn from the community what their needs and concerns were and discuss how we need to move forward. Theatre-makers and patrons from around New England joined the Line Drawn Working Group to tackle issues brought up by the community during these Line Drawn Summits and worked to develop a set of Community Standards for New England artists and organizations to adopt and follow that deal with harassment.

After three years of extensive discussions and preparation, StageSource and IMPACT Boston launched the Pilot of the Line Drawn Community Standards for the 2022 calendar year.  THE 2022 PILOT ORGANIZATIONS were Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Entropy Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, Moonbox Stage, Open Theatre Project, and SpeakEasy Stage Company.

As StageSource winds down its operations, IMPACT Boston will be guiding the pilot organizations through the second year of the program in 2023 with updates to the Training standard and greater structure for the organizational check-ins planned for year two.

Additional Resources

If you work at or attend a college or educational institution, many have an array of resources for reporting, counseling, and support.



If you are seeking medical attention, injury documentation, a sexual-assault nurse exam, or evidence collection:



  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center —free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. You can reach their hotline by phone 24-7 at 800-841-8371 or web chat 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. every day. 800-841-8371
  • Victim Rights Law Center —The VRLC offers free legal assistance to sexual assault survivors who have legal needs as a result of the assault in areas of privacy, safety, education, employment, immigration, housing, LGBTQ-specific issues, criminal justice advocacy, and financial stability. In addition they provide resources for professionals who work with survivors. 617-399-6720 x19
  • Fenway Health Violence Recovery Program — Free counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services of domestic violence, sexual assault, and anti-LGBTQ hate violence. VPR staff is specialized in working with LGBTQ individuals. 617-927-6202
  • Psychology Today — a free and fairly comprehensive resource for finding a licensed therapist who can help you consider options and manage your well-being.
  • Rape Abuse and Incest National Network — Free, confidential, national hotline. 800-656-4673
  • One Love Foundation — Education on healthy and unhealthy relationships (out of and within the workspace) tools empowering to identify and avoid abuse, including confidential, live hotlines and support.


  • StageSource and IMPACT Boston hosted their first pilot Bystander Intervention Training specifically designed for theatre-makers in July 2019, and are continuing to develop this training. This training was adapted into a webinar during the early months of the COVID outbreak.
  • In April 2019 StageSource brought in Intimacy Directors International (IDI) to do a series of the first four public Intimacy Workshops in Boston. Two with a focus on Intimacy in performance, one for educators working with students, and one for staff and administrators. October 2019 they brought IDI back in to train 35 artists in a 3-day Intimacy Intensive to learn the foundational skills to create, utilize, and develop intimacy direction and consent practices.
  • IMPACT Boston — Conducts bystander, self-defense, abuse prevention, and conflict de-escalation programs, as well as consultations.
  • One Love Foundation — Education on healthy and unhealthy relationships (out of and within the workspace) tools empowering to identify and avoid abuse, including confidential, live hotlines and support.


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