Overview Of The Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings

At A.R.T./New York, we understand how unique working in theatre is—especially when it comes to creating safe and protected workplaces free from harassment and abuses of power. That’s why we offer comprehensive sexual harassment prevention training that not only meets city and state requirements, but also specifically addresses the complexities and nuances of making theatre in a sometimes confusing but always exciting field.

This training, while it is intended to meet government requirements, is designed to talk about sexual harassment prevention as a communal responsibility. We encourage people to participate not only on behalf of an organization, but also as individuals who are crucial to the vitality of the theatre ecosystem (especially for folx who freelance or contract independently outside of an organization). Similarly, we want participants to approach this training as a personal commitment to help create safer work environments—acknowledging their involvement in larger, ongoing work around shaping our culture—and not simply as an item to cross off on an annual to-do list. You can play an active role in creating a safer and more inclusive field.

By moving the conversation beyond just liability and risk, we can steer our energy to lifting up affirmative consent, accountability, and liberation. This curriculum was developed in conjunction with lawyers, administrators, artists, facilitators, social justice activists, arts advocates, queer folx, disabled folx, people of color, women of color, trans/gender nonconforming/nonbinary folx, and many others. Intersectionality is key to deeply understanding this work—both in identity, and in roles and responsibilities—and, by creating strategies to actively build and exercise respect for all collaborators, we are able to create better art and safer workplaces. 

This prevention training provides individual employees and contractors with information on an Employer's responsibility, but is not intended to educate organizational leadership or HR about developing company policies. If you are responsible for writing/adapting these policies for your organization, please feel free to reach out to A.R.T./New York for resources.

City and State laws require that employers provide training annually to all employees. By offering this service to freelance artists and technicians, we hope to help alleviate the burden for any company who wishes to recognize A.R.T./New York's training within their organization. Employers may contact us to verify if a new hire has already attended the training within the past 12 months.

For more information about this program, please contact Director of Program Services, David E. Shane at [email protected].


Winter/Spring 2024  

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Virtual Only

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
10:30am - 12:00pm

Virtual Only

Monday, April 8, 2024
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Virtual Only

Friday, May 10, 2024
10:30am - 12:00pm

Virtual Only

Trainings will be offered year-round and additional dates will be announced on a seasonal basis. 



Companies w/budgets of 3.5M or more: $20/person
Companies w/budgets between 750k-3.5M: $15/person

Companies w/budgets between 250k-750k: $10/person
Freelance Artists or Technicians/Companies w/budgets under 250k: No cost*

If you are interested in having instructors lead a training session for your full company at one time, please contact David E. Shane at dshane@art-newyork or 212-244-6667 ext. 242 to discuss details and pricing. 

*In an effort to provide accessible training for folx who work at a number of different member companies, we are offering this service at no cost to freelance artists and technicians, as well as to members with annual operating budgets under $250k. We ask that if you are on staff at an organization with a higher annual operating budget that you pay the appropriate rate regardless of whether or not you hold other freelance positions. Thank you for your understanding!


All of A.R.T./New York's online programming is held via Zoom, a video conferencing platform that is accessible for people who use screen readers and/or keyboard shortcuts to navigate virtual space.

All Virtual A.R.T./New York workshops, roundtables, and trainings feature automated captioning provided by Zoom. For virtual and in person programming, ASL interpretation and CART captioning services are available by request; requests must be made at least 5 business days before the event. For requests, accessibility information, or other accommodations please contact Ashley J. Hicks at [email protected].  

Since a few sessions are being held virtually via Zoom, A.R.T./New York has tailored some of the Sexual Harassment Prevention Training curriculum to address the unique circumstances of working remotely. 

For more information about attending a virtual workshop at A.R.T./New York, read our Participation Guide

For more information about attending an in person workshop at A.R.T./New York, read our Participation Guide

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