Since 2011 Smyra Yawn has worked as a stage manager, production manager, business manager and teacher in Chicago. She enjoys also coffee and gardening.
SPIEL CHICAGO is a bi-weekly podcast that explores the progressive and thoughtful work of women in Chicago theater. To listen to past Spiel Chicago podcasts click here.
In June of 2015, actress Lori Myers heard–for the fourth time in two months–a story from yet another colleague about extreme abuses of power in the Chicago theater community. Frustrated, she posted a now infamous Facebook post asking, “If your friend, sister, daughter, or co-worker was working under a sexual predator—what would you do about it?”
She had no idea at the time that her post would provoke hundreds of comments, dozens of private messages and eventually a massive action movement to end abuses of all kinds against artists in all non-equity theaters. This week I sat down with Lori along with Laura T. Fisher to discuss the Not In Our House movement, the evolving Chicago Code of Conduct and the incredible waves their work is making in the world of non-equity theater.
To learn more about Not In Our House, visit their website, where you can view the current draft of The Code, read past reporting on the movement and access many other useful resources.
If you have any questions, comments or rants, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Twitter @spielchicago. See you at the theatre!