The safety of our audiences and our artists is our highest priority. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and how it affects our programming.

  • On March 12th, we indefinitely postponed our SmörgåsBoard fundraiser.

  • On March 18th, we suspended all rehearsals and postponed our production of Embodied Truth: Finding Ways to Move Together until later in the summer. On April 14th, we moved the production to our 2020-2021 season.

  • All board meetings since April, as well as our annual member meeting (held on May 17th) have been conducted virtually. The board is continuing to meet virtually at this time to accommodate social distancing.

  • Our fall production, Embodied Truth: Finding Ways to Move Together, was presented online streaming on-demand from November 13th, 2020 to February 7th, 2021.

  • Our winter production, One Woman, One Universe: From the Big Bang to the End of the World as We Know It, has been indefinitely postponed as of November 1st. We hope to bring you this offering at a later date.

  • Our new winter production, RE: Social/Divide, was entirely cast and rehearsed virtually. It is available to stream on-demand from March 12th to April 11th, 2021.

Please note that we remain firmly committed to maintaining a safe environment for our artists and audiences and will not resume in-person programming (including rehearsals or performances) until we feel we are able to do so safely and with adequate guidelines in place. At this time, we are still in the process of developing the details of such guidelines; we will update this page as more information is available.

Although we are still navigating our re-entry into the social and artistic world, we are committed to supporting new work as safely as possible. We thank you for your patience and wish everyone good health.

For more information about Coronavirus in Wisconsin, please visit the WI Department of Health Services.

Physical Safety & Comfort

Cooperative Performance is devoted to providing a forum for artists to explore, create, experiment, and ultimately, hone their craft. We believe that the body and voice are a performer’s truest instrument of creativity and craft through which we communicate our message. Through our rehearsal processes and training courses, we seek to discover new ways these instruments can be used to communicate through physical and vocal experimentation.

The nature of our performance work may at times require physical touch between performers, instructors, and directors throughout the process. This is utilized to clarify or demonstrate the body’s processes as related to actor training or performance. We acknowledge that this exploration can reveal incredibly intimate moments and may require a need to establish boundaries based on an artist’s comfort level. Cooperative Performance strives to provide a safe and accepting space for all those involved to grow through this work.

If you have special needs or concerns, are uncomfortable with the nature of this work, or have past physical injuries that may restrict or prevent your taking part in the work, please speak to the instructor and/or director for further discussion. If you are uncomfortable discussing this with said party for any reason, please reach out to the production’s Project Manager or any member of the Board of Directors for Cooperative Performance.

Sexual Harrassment Policy

Cooperative Performance does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment in the working space. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which makes an artist feel offended, humiliated, and/or intimidated. This can involve one or more incidents of physical, verbal, and non-verbal behavior. If, at any time, you feel harassed while working on a Cooperative Performance affiliated project, please reach out to any member of the Board of Directors for Cooperative Performance or email directly. We take all allegations seriously and will thoroughly investigate the situation. If allegations prove true after investigation, Cooperative Performance will take appropriate action up to and including removal of one or more parties from the project or cancel the project in its entirety depending on severity. The company will also aid in any outside investigation that may be appropriate.