Student Code of Conduct
We strive each day to develop the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. We work to teach our Ten Characters both on and off the stage and to deliver the very best possible learning experience for our students.
Our Students and Performers will abide by these terms:
- We expect our Students to portray at all times the very best of our Ten Characters. The Ten Characters of the North Texas Performing Arts are as follows:
- Teamwork: Be a team player. Everyone has an important role to play, and every role, large and small, is critical to the team’s success.
- Leadership: Be a role model for others on and off the stage and lead others to do and be better.
- Responsibility: Be accountable for your actions, for delivering on your commitments, and be willing to admit it when things go badly.
- Respect: Show respect for others and their gifts. Respect for teachers, parents, and one another, and celebrate our differences.
- Confidence: Believe in yourself and your abilities, and communicate like a winner. Know you have a gift to share.
- Integrity: Be honest, trustworthy, trust and be trusted, and demonstrate strong moral principles.
- Discipline: Stay focused on what you are trying to accomplish, and show obedience to those trying to instruct and guide.
- Creativity: Think “outside the box”, be willing to take risks and explore. Be inspired to imagine all possibilities and open to new ideas.
- Positive Attitude: Be positive about a wonderful future, and pass along to others your bright outlook.
- Love one another: Show kindness and patience, and be inclusive and accepting of others and build lasting relationships.
- Show respect for others: Our students will respect the rights and feelings of the other participants. Fighting, bullying, name calling, intimidation, bigotry of any kind, inappropriate language or any other form of emotional or physical abuse or unwanted contact directed at one another, Directors, Staff or Volunteers will not be tolerated, both in and out of the theatre, or in digital media.
- Maintain a Professional Focus: Our students are expected to pay attention to and follow the guidance of the Directors so that they can get the most out of their time here. Disruptive, distracting or problematic behavior that affects this learning environment will not be tolerated. Students may not use cell phones or electronic games during instructional periods, rehearsals, or performances. Cell phones must remain off during these periods. Our students are expected to maintain a professional focus if referring to PCT in digital media.
- Respect our Theatre: Participants will respect the theatre facilities, costumes, props, sets, and all other playhouse property including the property of other participants. They will pick up after themselves and work to keep the theatre and class rooms clean.
- Not handle Dangerous Items: Our students never carry or wield any potentially dangerous weapons, tools or equipment while on NTPA premises without proper permission.
- Drugs & Alcohol: Our students are not permitted to have in their possession or use drugs, alcohol, or tobacco on NTPA premises or at NTPA sanctioned events and their use is always discouraged.
- Not Engage in Public Displays of Affection: Our participants will not engage in inappropriate public displays of affection. Our students and performers are expected to act as professionals on and off the stage, and no unprofessional or suggestive conduct will be tolerated.
- Always Be On Time: Our participants show up to rehearsals, classes and shows on-time and ready to work with all necessary props, costumes, notes or scripts.
- Not Leave Unless Dismissed: Our Students will not leave NTPA premises during any activity unless excused by the Director. Students will not leave NTPA premises without their parent and it is the students responsibility to follow this rule.
- Respectful and Positive Social Media Interaction: Our participants will not engage in social media communications that are of a critical, negative or bullying nature of fellow cast members, NTPA or its Directors or volunteers, and will refrain from posting video or audio content that violates NTPA licensing rights.
- Dress according to the Plano Children’s Theatre Dress Code. NTPA has adopted a variant of the dress code which outlines the following guidance for acceptable dress except where otherwise guided by the Director for a show’s costume or for specific program activity (dance classes, etc) or as determined by the Managing Director or as delegated to the Director in a manner consistent manner with respect to community standards and age appropriateness: Shoes must be worn at all times. Students may wear shorts but must be loose-fitting; no biking shorts, cutoffs, boxer shorts or combination thereof, Must be hemmed or cuffed, Length must be to the fingertips or longer. Dresses or skirts must be longer than fingertips. Tanks tops with straps less than “two fingers”, tube tops, halter type blouses or mesh shirts will not be permitted. Sun dresses will be permitted if modestly cut. Shirts should overlap the waistband of skirts, shorts, or pants. Items with provocative, offensive, violent, or alcohol, tobacco or drug-related pictures, slogans or references will not be permitted. No sagging pants or shorts. No gang paraphernalia. No visible pierced jewelry other than earrings. All students are expected to meet community standards and school policies with regard to health, cleanliness and appearance.
- Never Discriminate: Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or on any other basis prohibited by law, is never allowed.
- Abide by the Three Strike Rule: Students breaking any of the code of conduct rules may be subject to the following disciplinary actions: In the first instance, the student will be given a verbal warning by the Director; in the second instance the student will be given a verbal warning, dismissed temporarily from participation and the parent notified. In the third instance, the student may be dismissed permanently from the activity. Directors with guidance of the Managing Director, may dismiss a Student from a show or activity and all NTPA privileges revoked without completing the Three Strike Rule process.
- Any student who believes that he or she has observed or has experienced prohibited behaviors should report these immediately to an instructor or Director.
I acknowledge that violation of the above could result in my termination from a show or activity and the revocation of all privileges with the North Texas Performing Arts and tuitions paid may not be refunded.
Staff Code of Conduct
As a member of the North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) team, I agree to strive every day to fulfill the NTPA Mission to develop the character of our students through quality arts education and family entertainment. I will work to focus on our student’s development of the NTPA 10 Characters both on and off the stage and agree that the student’s educational experience is paramount. I agree to abide by and fully adhere to this Code of Conduct and understand that my doing so is a condition of employment.
Our Directors, Teachers and Staff agree that they will:
- Strive to create a cheerful, positive and constructive learning environment for all our students.
- Create and deliver a formal and well planned class plan for every class with a program delivery plan and expected outcomes;
- Be on-time to every class or event, prepared to perform my duties with appropriate preparation, assignments and resources.
- Maintain an orderly atmosphere conducive to learning. Establish rapport and an effective working relationship with students and other staff members. I will maintain appropriate professional educator-student relationships and boundaries based on a reasonably prudent educator standard.
- Report to the appropriate authorities incidents of suspected child abuse or neglect, as required by law;
- Serve as an appropriate role model to our students in accordance with the standards of the acting and the teaching profession;
- Enforce the NTPA Dress Code and abide by that same dress code personally and dress and groom professionally and appropriately for NTPA activities and events. Recognize that I serve as a role model, and I will conduct myself in the highest of integrity and professional standards;
- Make decisions on casting, performer direction and artistic creativity without influence of parents or Board Members and acknowledge such decisions are subject to review by the theatre Managing Director. I will not permit language or actions onstage in violation with NTPA standards.
- Engage volunteers to the extent possible to fulfill my vision of the production to help with costumes, playbills, set build, sound, lights, and costumes.
- Make every effort to avoid any real or perceived “favoritism” or preference for particular students or volunteers and will focus on activities and make decisions that deliver the greatest educational and entertainment experience. I understand and agree that it is not permissible for me or any Director to give special treatment or advantages to students taking private lessons, and I will make every effort to avoid even the appearance of such advantage.
- Conduct all stage direction in a supportive and age appropriate manner. Swearing at and/or humiliation of actors is not tolerated. Disciplinary tone and actions will always be of a constructive manner. I will oversee interactions to ensure that personal, verbal, non-verbal and physical interaction is age appropriate and free of sexual or other harassment. I will not engage in, facilitate or promote the illegal use or distribution any controlled substances including alcohol, prescription drugs and toxic inhalants and not consume alcoholic beverages during compensated hours except for those authorized special events.
- Shall neither accept nor offer gratuities, gifts, in-kind services or favors that might impair, or have the appearance of impairing, professional judgment or to obtain special advantage. This standard shall not restrict the acceptance of gifts or tokens of value less than $50 offered and accepted openly from students, parents of students, or other persons or organizations in recognition or appreciation of service (does not apply to full cast gifts).
- I will report interpersonal disputes between students to parents, though will not become entangled in those disputes.
- I will not exclude a student from participation in a program, deny benefits to a student, or grant an advantage to a student on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, national origin, religion, family status, or sexual orientation.
- I will refrain from inappropriate communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. I will conduct such communications in a non-social nature and confined to that communication necessary to facilitate or promote an NTPA sanctioned activity unless the relationship extends outside NTPA and communication is expressly permitted by the minor’s parent(s). Any and all public or private electronic or otherwise communications that might be visible to our students must be done in a professional and positive manner. I will not date or fraternize on a personal basis with an NTPA student.
- I will not transport any student in any vehicle without the express written permission of the parent.
- I agree that I will not individually or in association with any other individual, party or entity that offers or intends to offer services of a similar nature in part or entirely to those offered by the North Texas Performing Arts, solicit students or parents or accept as students or provide services to any students or parents that participated in NTPA programs, within twenty miles of an NTPA location within twelve months of NTPA employment or contractual service.
- I will manage my schedule to be available at all program classes or rehearsals, and find suitable substitutes well in advance of a missed event which in no case shall be more than two rehearsals per production unless pre-approved by Managing Director.
- I will follow the NTPA Policies and Procedures, and work to ensure our Parents, Students, and Board members adhere to their respective Code of Conduct and appropriately report abuses or violations to the Managing Director.
Parent/Patron Code of Conduct
We strive each day to develop the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. We work to teach our Ten Characters both on and off the stage and to deliver the very best possible learning experience for our students. To make that possible, we require the adoption by Parents, Patrons and Guardians to this Code of Conduct:
Our Parents, Patrons and Guardians will:
- Ensure their student follows the Rules of Conduct adopted by the North Texas Performing Arts.
- Ensure their student attends scheduled program activities regularly and shows up on time with all necessary materials and is prepared to complete the expected activities.
- Encourage their student to work at home to learn materials and is ready to perform.
- Ensure the off-stage conduct of their student is conducive to a proper learning environment;
- Willingly participate in Director discussions to to review a student’s progress and welfare.
- Ensures their student is appropriately dressed for all activities consistent with the published dress code.
- Bring to the attention of NTPA Management conditions that may adversely affect their student’s learning experience.
- Maintain communication with NTPA as needed. Parents are responsible for providing a means by which to receive communication concerning productions and classes and should maintain home, work and emergency contact information.
- Be supportive of theatre activities, set-build requirements, show-support functions and other activities and willingly supports and volunteers to assist as requested.
- Ensure their language to their own student and others is supportive, constructive, and age appropriate and of a positive nature. Swearing, yelling, and humiliation are not acceptable disciplinary techniques within the NTPA.
- Avoid any personal, verbal, non-verbal, physical or sexual harassment between student-to-student, student-to-adult, or adult-to-adult.
- Will follow the direction and guidance of Directors, volunteers or others selected and empowered by the Director to assist in specific responsibilities to produce a given production.
- Understand that the public electronic distribution or livestreaming of any video or audio recording of any activity is not permitted, and any recording must conform to the production’s associated licensing rights.
- The parent assumes full responsibility for any act or omission of their student during any NTPA activity.
- The Parent agrees and understands that the Director is in charge of the production. The Director is accountable for the educational and production outcome and is solely responsible for the creative and artistic process. Concerns with a Director’s actions or efforts should be addressed to the theatre’s Managing Director.
- Parents may not influence or attempt to influence, challenge or question a Director’s casting, role or line assignment, or other show-related decision.
- Parents may not ask or encourage any Board Member to violate their Board Code of Conduct, by requesting a Board Member take action on their behalf to influence or attempt to influence, challenge or question a Director’s casting, role or line assignment, or other show-related decision.
- Understand and agree that the Director may excuse any individual from observing rehearsals.
- Understand and agree to the Tuition and Ticketing policy and will keep accounts current and acknowledges students with past-due balances will not be permitted to take the stage for rehearsals or performances.
- A parent may not own or operate a youth theatre organization offering services similar to NTPA.
If at any time a parent or guardian observes actions or activities from students, NTPA staff or other parents, that they believe is inappropriate, they will promptly make the Managing Director aware of the situation.
I acknowledge that my violation of the above could result in my child’s termination from a show or activity and the revocation of all privileges with the North Texas Performing Arts and that any fees paid may not be refunded.
Board Code of Conduct
As a member of the Board of Directors of the North Texas Performing Arts and its family of Theatres and Management Boards, I agree to strive every day to build character in our students, both on and off the stage. I willingly give my time, support and guidance to ensure the theatre is financially strong and effectively managed in an ethical and moral manner.
Our Board of Directors agree to the following terms:
- Abide in all respects by the North Texas Performing Arts Code of Conduct & Obligations, the Policies and Procedures, and the By-Laws and all other rules and regulations of the organization and will ensure that my membership and financial accounts and obligations remain in good standing at all times.
- At all times obey all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and will provide or cause to provide the full cooperation of the theatre when requested to do so by those institutions and their persons set in authority as are required to uphold the law.
- Conduct the business affairs of the association in good faith and with honesty, integrity, due diligence, and reasonable competence.
- Always hold the betterment of the students and the theatre members and patrons as my first priority, including during all participation in discussions and voting matters and contribute as a productive and positive force acting in support of the Mission, Vision and Values of the organization.
- I recognize that I am obligated to act in a manner which will bear the closest public scrutiny.
- I will not abuse my position as a board member by action, insinuation or suggestion to any theatre student, staff or patron that I am entitled to, and I may not receive or expect any special treatment or benefit beyond that of other patrons and members of the theatre.
- I will make no effort to influence, guide, impact or persuade casting decisions for family members, friends or any other interest, and I acknowledge the Director has complete, independent and unfettered decision-making authority on casting and creative decisions and will distance myself such decision-making except where the ethical or moral standards of the theatre are threatened.
- I will declare any conflict of interest, be it real, potential, or perceived, which is not immediately obvious with regard to any matter being discussed in their presence during a board meeting, and willingly recuse myself from any matter in which such a conflict might exist. I agree that I will not start, fund, create, volunteer for except as simply a participant, work for, or advise any organization that provides similar or generally similar services to the North Texas Performing Arts within twenty miles of an NTPA performance venue. Should the risk of any potential or real conflict arise from an activity I choose to pursue, I agree to disclose such conflict in advance and the Board may approve by a majority vote to allow my participation in that activity.
- I will not knowingly take advantage of or benefit from information that is obtained in the course of my official duties and responsibilities as a board member, and that is not generally available to our membership.
- I will protect the organization’s information closely and will not release or share confidential or sensitive information without the permission, preferably in writing, of the person who provided it. I understand personnel related information that I am exposed to should not be repeated or discussed except in an Executive Session. I understand that issues discussed during Executive Session are confidential in nature, and that I will not repeat, impart or relay any information from an Executive Session to anyone not within that session. I will maintain confidentiality of all information which the board deems confidential.
- I will remain mindful of resources which are in their trust on behalf of the organization, and will help establish policies which ensure the maximization of secure and protected resources.
- I can expect to be reimbursed for legitimate and reasonable expenses incurred on behalf of the organization.
- I will reject gifts, favors, or benefits on a personal basis and recognize that such offers may be an effort to secure advantage.
- I will represent the theatre informally and formally to others in such a way as to others with a positive impression of the organization and preserve and enhance the good reputation of the organization and will avoid behavior which might damage its image. I acknowledge there will be decisions that this body makes that I might disagree with, but I agree to abide by and support those actions adopted by this board.
- I will faithfully discharge my duties without discrimination for race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability.
- I will maintain my status as a Member.