PLAYHOUSE

TNECT ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY




The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut, Inc. strives to provide a safe and creative environment in which people of all ages can work and play. The organization considers the abuse of controlled substances or alcohol to be unsafe and counterproductive, and believes that such abuse harms an individual’s creative potential. Furthermore, we see substance abuse as a serious threat to the safety of our volunteers, employees and our audience. With this in mind, the Theatre has established the following policy in regard to the use, possession, or sale of alcohol or illegal drugs on the theatre premises.


We will not tolerate the use of alcohol or illegal drugs anywhere on the premises or at any venue that houses a TNECT Inc. sponsored performance activity. It is the organization’s policy that anyone found with the presence of alcohol or illegal drugs in his/her system, in possession of, using, selling, trading or offering for sale illegal drugs or alcohol while participating in an official (not social) theatre sponsored activity, or ANY activity on The Bradley Playhouse premises, may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent prohibition from participation in the organization’s activities and prosecution by the approprate governmental authorities, even after the first offense. Where suspicion is extremely high that an individual is violating this policy, the Board of Directors and Theatre Management reserves the right to search the building for banned substances. Any personal possessions that are brought onto the property are also subject to search in such situations.


Substance abuse includes possession, use, purchase or sale of drugs or alcohol on theatre property, including outside areas. It also includes arriving at the theatre to work or volunteer in any capacity under the influence of drugs or alcohol so as to impair behavior. Anyone visibly impaired who is involved in theatre activities is unable to perform as required. The Director or other person in charge should be notified immediately, and he or she should then consult with another person in authority (i.e. Asst Director, Stage Manager, House Manager, Producer) about the degree of impairment. The two people in authority should then consult with the offending individual to rule out any problems that may be caused by prescription drugs, which are not prohibited as long as the individual has a physician-approved prescription. Drugs prescribed by a physician may be taken during participation, but the individual should notify the Director or other person in authority if the use of such medication will affect his or her performance. Abuse of prescription drugs will not be tolerated.


If, in the opinion of those in authority, impairment is the result of alcohol or drug abuse, the individual will be sent home or to an appropriate medical facility by taxi or other safe transportation alternative, and depending on the degree of impairment, will be accompanied if possible. The individual should never be allowed to drive