ICC Student Handbook
ICC Training Center Values.
ICC aims to make improv open and accessible to everyone. ICC aims to provide a fun, friendly, encouraging, trusting, safe and supportive environment where people can enjoy learning, performing and watching improv.
We aim to provide the best training, resources, shows and community to all improvisers and audiences.
We aim to provide a supportive and welcoming environment to people of all ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds, physical abilities, cultural views, sexual orientations, religions and nationalities.
ICC Training Center guidelines.
– Improvise from a place of fun, love, kindness and respect for your fellow improvisers and audience.
– Support each other, in and out of class. on and off stage.
– Work together as a team.
– Collaborate with your scene partner unless it is unsafe or demeaning to do so.
– Collaborate with, rather than compete against, your fellow improvisers.
– Respect physical boundaries and do not do anything physically dangerous to yourself or your scene partner.
– Respect sexual boundaries, on and off stage.
– Safety, trust, and support are always more important than the temporary existence of an improv scene. So, if in doubt or uncomfortable, stop the scene. You will not be made to feel bad for doing so.
– Dubious subject matter (for example: race, religion, sexuality) in scenes is to be treated with full emotional intelligence, and your teacher is there to help you with this.
– We ask all ICC students to help create an environment free from sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism or harassment of any kind, on and off stage.
We ask our students, teachers, staff, and performers to respect this always.
The whole of this document is open to feedback:
We’d appreciate your thoughts. If there is anything you would like to add or change, please contact the Head of the ICC Training Center.
Contact info: Management and Support Staff
CEO and Head of the ICC Training Center, Kasper Jacobson: email@example.com / Phone 29223877
Talent Coordinator, Marius Lathey: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone 60331639
Support Representative, Mia Fugl: email@example.com / Phone 60953082
Support Representative, Fani Ntavelou-Baum: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone 52196241
ICC Student Bill of Rights
- You have the right to be and feel safe during performances, rehearsals, and classes.
- You have the right to be treated respectfully.
- You have the right to set you own boundaries regarding physical contact and subject matter in scenes and exercises involving you.
- You have the right to immediately step out of any scene, performance, rehearsal, or class in which you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
- You have the right to inform your teacher of anything you want them to know ahead of time, such as physical or emotional conditions that might make playing certain games or exercises difficult or uncomfortably challenging.
- If you do not feel comfortable talking with your teacher then contact the Head of the Training Center. If you do not feel comfortable talking with the Head of the Training Center then contact our Support Representative(s).
- You have the right to have this discussion held in confidence and to be shared in the manner agreed upon by you and the person to whom you make a report. You are also entitled to bring a person to support/witness the meeting.
- If you are personally aware of any conduct that would have been a violation of your rights if directed toward you, you have the same right to report that conduct as if it had been directed at you.
- You have the right to define what feels fun and what feels comfortable (and uncomfortable) for you without judgment from others.
- You have the right to turn down a suggestion you feel is demeaning.
- You have the right to love your work.
- You have the right to speak to any teacher, faculty member, or any other ICC Training Center employee regarding behavior by any person that you feel infringes on your rights mentioned in this document.
Exercising any of these rights WILL NOT adversely affect your ability to progress in classes, audition for the talent Pool or to be cast for main stage shows.
ICC Anti-Harassment Policy
The ICC Theatre & Training Center will not tolerate harassment of any kind by anyone, including Program Heads, managers, co-workers, students, visitors or guests of the ICC Theatre & ICC Training Center.
Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct – whether verbal, physical or visual – that is based upon a person’s race, ethnicity, color, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation.
It includes all actions, words, jokes, comments, derogatory remarks and/or visual displays that affect an individual’s work environment or employment status, or tend to belittle, provoke or denigrate others.
Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to: slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; and kidding, teasing, practical or denigrating jokes directed at a person.
Sexual harassment is absolutely prohibited, and is defined as any unwanted or
unwelcome visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, directed toward any
person regardless of sexual identity.
Examples include, but are not limited to: jokes, slurs or degrading comments of a sexual nature; offensive sexual flirtations; requests for sexual favors; sexual advances or propositions; graphic verbal commentaries about an individual or his or her appearance; sexual innuendo or suggestive comments; sexually-oriented “teasing” or “joking”; unwanted or uninvited physical touching, such as patting or pinching another person’s body; display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or other visual materials; and obscene or harassing use of telecommunications or other technology. Notably, an individual need not have been physically touched or directly subjected to a sexual advance or innuendo to be considered to have been harassed under this policy.
Please note that due to the unique nature of the improv theater / comedy setting, an employee’s subjective belief that behavior is offensive, intimidating or hostile does not necessarily render that behavior harassment under this policy. Rather, the behavior must be objectively unreasonable given all surrounding circumstances and context.
Conduct considered to be in violation of the ICC Anti-Harassment policy includes, but is not limited to, that which is targeted at a specific person or class of persons, is abusive and/or serves no educational and/or creative purpose (in addition to satisfying the above definitions).
Teachers, performers and staff members who experience, witness and/or become aware of workplace discrimination or harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, must immediately report such incidents and/or issues to the Head of the Training Center.
Similarly, Teachers, performers and staff members who witness, experience and/or become aware of any type of harassment – and in particular, sexual harassment – involving students of the ICC Training Center also must report such incidents to the Head of the Training Center.
There will be no retaliation against any teacher, staff, student, performer or audience member who raises a concern, reports an incident witnessed or participates in any way in an investigation of a discrimination or harassment claim.
Any teacher or staff member who believes that he or she has been retaliated against in any manner must report the matter to The Head of the Training Center immediately, in the same manner that any complaints or concerns of discrimination or harassment must be reported under this policy.
Any performer or student member who believes that he or she has been retaliated against in any manner must report the matter to The Head of the Training Center, Talent coordinator or support representative immediately, in the same manner that any complaints or concerns of discrimination or harassment must be reported under this policy.
All concerns or complaints will be treated with confidentiality to the extent practicable without compromising the investigation, and will be investigated thoroughly and promptly. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation, or who interferes with an investigation conducted under this policy, will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination at ICC Theatre & Training Center.
If you are concerned about anything:
ICC does not tolerate harassment of any kind. If you have a concern or complaint or are worried about the behavior of a fellow student, performer, staff, teacher or audience member, please talk to your Teacher, the Talent Coordinator, the Head of the Training Center or our Support Representative(s).
We offer a variety of people you can talk to so that you can choose who you are most comfortable with. Your concerns will be listened to and follow-up actions agreed upon and carried out where appropriate. All concerns will be addressed in the strictest confidence and will not be communicated to anyone else in ICC without your express consent.
Talking to us helps us to continue to provide a safe and supportive space and speaking up will never result in you losing place in classes, shows or similar.
Outside of classes and workshops
We understand that there will be creative differences between performers and groups, and healthy debate is welcome. However, we cannot tolerate physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, sexual harassment or abuse or harassment of any kind.
Anyone who is abusive, bullying or harassing may be asked to leave our venues and may be barred from returning to either study and/or perform again.
If you are a victim of abuse or harassment, or are worried about the behavior of someone, please talk to the Talent Coordinator, Head of Training Center or our Support Representative(s).
This extends to our show venue, warm-up spaces, training center and after shows.
While we don’t presume to have authority over improv venues, groups or the improv scene in general, we can also listen if you are having problems outside of ICC. We want the improv community as a whole to be a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for everyone.
This document is open to feedback:
We’d appreciate your thoughts. If there is anything you would like to add or change, please contact the Head of the Training Center.
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