Backstage: How to Deal With Sexual Harassment

If you are in a situation where you feel able and want to press charges against your abuser, there are several routes, depending on your position in the industry. Both SAG-AFTRA and the Actors’ Equity Association have specific laws in place to combat abuse and file charges if it occurs. SAG-AFTRA members can report the incident (anonymously or otherwise) to the SAG-AFTRA EEO & Diversity Department at 800-724-0767 or by filling out a form online. SAG-AFTRA can be reached during business hours in Los Angeles at 323-549-6644, or in New York at 212-827-1542. There is also a 24-hour hotline for onset emergencies at 844-723-3773.

The Actors’ Equity Association Showcase Code was updated in January 2018 to include the prohibition of nudity in Equity interviews and an upfront agreement for clear language denoting possible nudity during auditions, rehearsals, or a production’s run. Additionally, in the wake of #MeToo and the Weinstein revelations, Equity’s National Council formed a new committee chaired by Equity President Kate Shindle that is dedicated to preventing sexual harassment and workplace hostility in the theater. READ MORE