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PAAL National Handbook 

of Best Practices 

The handbook presents recommendations for a variety of best practices, including Top-Down Foundational Principles, Work Culture and Language, Work Location and Provision, Work Schedule and Technology, Creative Childcare Initiatives, Sensitivity Training and Resources, Benefits Beyond Parent-Inclusive Culture, and more.

THIS HANDBOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PAAL INSTITUTION MEMBERS AND ATTENDEES OF THE PAAL SUMMIT.

Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL) has compiled the first contributions to their Best Practices Handbook for Parent Artists and Employers to be available nationally to theatres in the United States. The handbook consists of featured interviews with professional parent artists and supportive institutions translated into guide-sheets and principles that can apply to a wide range of institution levels, from Broadway to Regional to festival-size theatres. Topics include the intersectional and intergenerational effects of parent discrimination, true stories of individual parent-artist discrimination and job loss, and research recommendations for reducing discrimination.

Exclusive Handbook Interviews and Contributions include: 

Sarah Ruhl, Playwright
Nataki Garret, Artistic Director | OSF
Amy Boratko, Literary Manager | Yale Repertory Theatre
Ariana Smart Truman, Producing Director | Elevator Repair Service
Rivendell Theatre Company [HowlRound Interview]
Rachel Tillman Cornish, Founding Prod. Dir. Tantrum Theatre Company
The Playwrights Realm [Radical Parent-Inclusion Project]
StateraArts, Family-Welcome Conferences
and more…

The handbook presents recommendations for a variety of best practices, including Top-Down Foundational Principles, Work Culture and Language, Work Location and Provision, Work Schedule and Technology, Creative Childcare Initiatives, Sensitivity Training and Resources, Benefits Beyond Parent-Inclusive Culture, and more.

The Best Practices Handbook for Parent Artists and Employers is designed for institutions of various size and will be provided to PAAL Institution Members and registered attendees of the PAAL National Summit in December 2019. Portions of the handbook will be presented at the Statera Conference IV in October 2019 with a focus on policy, practice, and intersectional gender parity. The handbook's first excerpts are currently being piloted in case studies with PAAL partner theatres.

Discipline-specific pregnancy and parenthood handbooks are underway to synergize the resources available to individual parent artists and institutions, including a pregnancy and parenthood handbook for Actors and Stage Managers in collaboration with the Actors’ Equity Parents Committee and a pregnancy and parenthood handbook for Directors, led by PAAL Chief Chicago Rep Lydia Milman Schmidt and contributions collected with SDC Member Aili Huber. Other disciplines are scheduled to follow.

The national best practices handbook features research recommendations, testimonies and initiatives from various theatre companies around the country. If a theatre company or organization is interested in being featured for their initiatives in the handbook, the company or organization can submit for a PAAL award, which is recognition award for theatres with family-friendly practices that corresponds to a master list on the PAAL website of recommended theatres. Individuals who would like to contribute to best practice recommendations can submit their experiences by filling out this form. If an individual artist has a story of discrimination that they would like to submit anonymously, PAAL is also collecting stories of discrimination in order to report on the status of parent artists’ accessibility to work, opportunity, and healthy work culture.

PAAL is interested in expanding their chapters on solo parenting, parents of children with disabilities, and parent artists with disabilities.

Theatre companies with family-supportive practices can submit themselves for a PAAL Award here. Stories of discrimination can submit here. Inquiries and individual contributions can be submitted to info@paaltheatre.com.