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?”
On September 17, 2016 the Not in Our House Chicago Theatre Community will be honored as the recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2015 Award of Excellence in Professional Theatre. The awards presentation will take as part of the Illinois Theatre Association’s Inaugural Gala – “Opening Night!”, which will be held at Harper College’s Wojcik Conference Center in Palatine, Illinois.
Several Chicago theater companies have banded together to create a “Non-Equity Theater Code of Conduct”, the draft document of which was released after an event Monday night at Theater Wit organized by Lori Myers, Laura T. Fisher, and the #NotInOurHouse community that was put together to address sexual harassment in Chicago theater, but has now grown to encompass a wider range of issues facing theater artists.