News: TRU to Hold "Sexual Harassment Education and Prevention for Theater" Panel and Discussion on May 23

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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), the leading network for developing theater professionals, will present the panel discussion "It Doesn't Have to Be #MeToo: Sexual Harassment Education and Prevention for Theater" on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm (networking begins at 7pm) at St. Luke's Theatre (308 W. 46th Street, Manhattan, NYC). The theater has its own #MeToo stories from both women and men, and artists will share stories of harassment and misconduct, followed by a presentation recognizing and fighting harassment, after which a panel of representatives from Dramatists Guild, ART-New York, and the Actors Fund will share what they are doing to empower their members and prevent harassment, misconduct, or assault in the theatrical workspace. The event, presented in association with the League of Professional Theatre Women, will be facilitated by Yvette Heyliger, with confirmed speakers Jenna Chrisphonte of the Dramatists Guild, Hope Chavez of ART-New York, Brittany Whitaker, social worker with The Actors Fund; and with a presentation by Aimee Todoroff of League of Independent Theater and stories by Yvette Heyliger, Lexi Orphanos, and Janet Schlapkohl.

Content Warning: This session will include conversations about sexual harassment and abuse. While no graphic details will be shared, guests are warned in case conversations of this nature are a trigger. Guests who experience discomfort may step out of the event at any time.

This panel is free for TRU members or $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at the door). Reservations can be made using the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/help/ or by e-mailing (at least a day in advance but preferably much sooner) TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

Doors open at 7:00 pm for networking and refreshments, and roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30 pm. Guests are asked to come prepared with their best 30-second summary of who they are and what they need.

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