Code of Conduct for Performers

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

California State University, Chico

August 2003

There are three basic agreements that guide our behavior as performers. These agreements are as old as art itself, and as important to understand as any other part of performance.

The agreement between performer and producer : The producer shall enthusiastically advertise and promote the work of the performer to investors, potential audience members, and the community as a whole. The producer will work diligently to provide the best resources possible for the performance. This promotion shall be based on the quality of past performances and the belief that the artist will present the very best performance possible every time. The trust of this agreement is worth preserving to assure proper investment in artistic work.

The agreement between performer and audience member : the audience member purchases a ticket for a performance sight unseen, sound unheard, quality unknown. The purchase is an act of faith that each performer will give his or her very best at every performance to ensure the audience member receives his/her money's worth. The audience member rewards good performances by giving praise to the artist, speaking well of the artist to others, and buying tickets for future productions. The trust of this agreement is worth preserving to assure that audiences continue to attend artistic events.

The agreement between performer and performer : artists share a performance together based in the belief that every performer will give the very best they can at every instant of every performance to support the other performers on the stage and to elevate the level of the performance above entertainment to art. The trust of this agreement is worth preserving because creating art is what all artists wish to achieve.

There are many ways to betray the trust these agreements represent, but one of the surest ways is to come to a performance unprepared. The lack of preparation can be as obvious as not learning the music or lines, or as egregious as appearing on stage in an inebriated or drugged state. It is impossible to perform at your peak if you are unprepared, unfocused or physically impaired. It should be a part of your artistic discipline, and a matter of your pride as a performing artist to honor these agreements. You will be held to these standards throughout your artistic career.

I understand that coming to a rehearsal or performance after drinking or taking drugs is a direct violation of the Student Conduct Code and the University Alcohol Policy of California Sate University, Chico . Violations will result in immediate expulsion from all performance ensembles in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts for a minimum of one semester, and may result in further sanctions by the department, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, or Office of Student Judicial Affairs.

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