Treatment of the House and Stage Areas of the '92 Theater

All shows, events, and activities through Second Stage must make every possible effort to protect and preserve the ‘92 Theater. Funding for repainting the walls of the ‘92 only becomes available approximately every five years. Every effort must be made to respect other events that occur in the ‘92 and maintain the space. To that end, Second Stage requires:

  1. In regards to the floor of the ‘92 house

    1. Any materials placed on the floor, such as tile or stage deck, must be protected fully underneath using a tarp or other method
    2. No adhesive may be applied to the floor at any time
    3. No water may be used in the ‘92 theater for set pieces, either in the form of a pool or otherwise
    4. Do not drag furniture or other materials across the floor
    5. Always use a drop cloth when painting
  2. In regards to the walls of the ‘92

    1. The metal pipes along the walls of the house are not considered a proper storage location for riser parts or other materials that may damage the paint or plaster

    2. No tape may be applied to the walls at any time
    3. No holes may be made in the walls, either for screws or other materials
    4. Do not use the single pulley system to pull lights up to the brig- only the double pulley system may be used. When using the pulley, make every effort to prevent lights from swinging into the wall and always use the cushioning curtain.

Shows may be granted an exception to this official policy if:

  1. The Manager of the ‘92 Theater, in conjunction with the relevant Staffer (most frequently the Buildings and Maintenance Liaison), balance the needs of the production against the potential damage to the theater and deem the need of the production is greater than the potential damage.
  2. The granting of exceptions to this policy is solely up to the discretion of Second Stage and the Manager of the ‘92 Theater.

Procedure for obtaining an exception to this policy:

  1. At any given time, a show or individual may request an exception to this policy. At this time, the individual or show must contact their GA or the acting Managing Liaison of Second Stage. The individual must detail, in writing, the precise needs of the production that conflict with this policy.
  2. Upon notification, the GA or ML must contact the Manager of the ‘92 Theater. The Manager of the ‘92 will then decide, in conjunction with the relevant Second Stage staffer, whether to grant an exception. 
  3. If the individual fails to meet the exception, the individual will be notified within 24 hours of the decision.
  4. If the individual does meet the exception, Second Stage will inform the individual and the DSM team of the production in question. In either case, that is, whether the exception is granted or not, it is the responsibility of both the DSM team and the person seeking the exception to ensure that all policies are followed and exceptions are limited specifically to the issue in question.

Consequence for failing to comply with this policy:

  1. If an individual or show is found to have violated this policy, a flag will be issued based on the extremity of the violation. The flag, and any consequence associated with the flag, will be decided upon by Second Stage in conjunction with the Manager of the ‘92 Theater. 
  2. Second Stage also reserves the right to refuse to train individuals who violate this policy in the scene shop, costume shop, or on lighting equipment. 


GA- general advisors; A show has two to three second stage staff members specifically chosen to assist the show with any problems that may arise throughout the process. Should a show have any problem, the GA is the primary point of contact with Second Stage and should be the first to know of any problems associated with the show. 
Show- refers to the Director, Stage Manager, and any other significant members of the team, such as Music Director
Design Team- refers, in this case, to all designers, assistants, electricians, carpenters, and any other person who has committed to assist with the production
Second Stage- refers to all Second Stage staffers considered to be active and, if during the semester, on campus when the exception is requested.

Notice regarding Second Stage Policy:

Second Stage always attempts to best serve the needs of the Wesleyan theater community. Thus, Second Stage policy is considered fluid- it may be altered or amended at any time as the needs of the Wesleyan theater community grow and change. Second Stage pledges to always attempt to give a show time to adjust after the adoption of a new policy. Whenever possible, Second Stage will attempt to grandfather shows into new policy, such that only shows whose show flow date follows the effective date of a policy are required to follow said policy. Shows whose show flow date precedes the effective date of a policy have the option of following the new policy or remaining with the earlier policy.