Emotional Safety Resources for Improv

Emotional safety (also called psychological safety) is important to all theatre performers. The resources on this page are a starting point for all members of the improv community to promote safe spaces.

If you’re feeling distress because of an experience in improv, please emphasize self-care and seek help as best you can.

NOTE: I’m based in Canada and have the most familiarity with resources for North America. To find more resources local to you, try an online search using keywords from the titles below.

Please help our community by sharing links to any helpful information you find. You can contact me here.

Emotional Safety is an issue for ALL improvisers

An unsafe experience can be as dangerous to the mind as it is to the body. We can play characters in humiliating or dangerous situations, but it’s NOT okay to make performers act out those situations if they’re not comfortable doing so. No actor should risk their mental health for the sake of entertainment.

These issues aren’t confined to gender or race or other types of relationship. Anyone can find themselves in an unsafe situation. It’s not just about intimate or sexual contact either. Stage violence, lifting, and other physical activities can also make players feel unsafe. Improv is a group activity, and we must all be responsible for one another’s psychological safety.

Sexual Misconduct Resources

  • For local help, try the following online search:
    sexual assault help [city] [country]
  • (USA) National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • (USA) RAINN: https://www.rainn.org/
  • (Canada) Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
  • (Canada) see “Harassment Resources” link below

Boundary Check-Ins and Levels of Intimacy

Developing Anti-Harassment Policies

Example Theatre Policies and Codes of Conduct

Please help promote Emotional Safety in the improv community. Share this page, and contact me with any additional resources you find.