Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association

TSDCA Code of Conduct:

We advocate for a diverse creative community, as we know it strengthens and enriches the field of sound design and composition. We recognize and celebrate individual differences among all theater artists, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, nationality, language, religious beliefs or socioeconomic background. All artists deserve equal access and a safe working environment where the only risks people face are artistic challenges. We are committed to the pursuit of professional standards that include equitable fair dealings with all our collaborators.



Extent at which an organization has people from diverse backgrounds represented throughout. It is a recognition of individual differences: race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, nationality, language, religious beliefs, socioeconomic background.


The state, quality or ideal of being just. Applying the principles of fairness and ethics to a given circumstance or set of conditions.


Equal access, well being, and a sense of belonging for all members of the organization.


Our Community Agreements: For Discussions/Meetings.   For Webinars.


Where are the Diverse Theatre Artists?

TSDCA & TSDCA Member Initiatives

Resources if you are being Harassed

Anti-Racism Resources and Trainings

Mental Health Resources

Resources at Other Associations

Further Reading


Diverse Theatre Artists

Maestraprovides support, visibility, and community to the women and nonbinary people who make the music in the musical theater industry.

Muse –  cultivates more racial equity in theatrical music departments by providing access, internships, mentorships, and support to historically marginalized people of color.

Parity Database – Creates visibility for women, trans, and gender-expansive playwrights, directors, and designers working in professional theatre in New York City. Provides a free online tool for artistic leaders who seek to create more equitable hiring practices for creative teams.

Women+ in Theatrical Sound
Theatre Designers and Technicians of Color
POC in Audio database
Make it Equal – via SoundGirls
Scholarships for Theatre Design 

Please email with any additions to this list of resources. Thank you!



TSDCA & TSDCA Member Initiatives:

Black Lives Matter Statement 

Support of AAPI Community Statement

Diversity Statement from the Women+ of TSDCA

Sharath Patel‘s class at Reed College – Equity in Art: Design Perspective

  • This course focuses on the role of design in a theatrical production when it is incorporated as part of the storytelling process. Students will be studying dramatic literature created by playwrights of varying gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. We will explore how design can be used as vehicle of artistic practice to help emphasize focus on a particular subjects or ideas. Scripts will be broken down and analyzed to identify the recurring themes, concepts, and motifs. Based on this analysis we will incorporate design areas including but not limited to scenic, lighting, sound, and costumes into class discussions and paper project presentations throughout the course of the semester. Students will have access to the living playwrights featured in the course through the instructor. The class will also attend a fully realized production to better understand the application of theatrical design in professional environments. This course is intended for students interested in directing, playwriting, performance and design. Lecture-Lab.

For members who want to create an EDI initiative.


Resources if you are being Harassed

If you or someone you know has experienced inappropriate behavior – please consider the following:

  • The Actors Fund makes free counseling available to everyone in our industry. Not just actors.  One-on-one counseling, referrals to helpful resources, and support for issues around sexual harassment.
    • New York City
      212.221.7300, ext. 119


      Los Angeles
      323.933.9244, ext. 455
    • If you call after office hours, the recorded message includes an after-hours emergency number.
    • Actor’s Fund has “Options Counseling”. Their practitioners are trained in federal, state, and local laws. If you feel you have nowhere to turn, they can help you understand what is possible.
  • If the event was on a job site, please consider contacting the Employer or their Human Resources Department.
  • If the event involved a Union USA 829 member, contact USA 829 at 212-581-0300, National Business Agent Cecilia Friederichs at
  • If the event involved an IATSE member:
    • call the  IATSE Safety Hotline (Toll free: 844-IA AWARE, 844-422-9273).  The caller can either leave a message for or talk to a safety representative who will begin handling the issue. Depending on the circumstances, the safety representative will contact the Local’s representative and assist them with the issue, or call the employer directly.  NOTE: They serve all departments – Broadway, commercials. We confirmed with them that they take complaints from Union and Non-Union folks.
  • If you are in danger, please call the police at 911.



Note: These organizations may be able to supply sexual harassment support and harassment training, as well as additional resources addressing LGBTQ identity and issues. We encourage members to reach out to their local chapters and centers for more information.

  • Local GLAAD Chapter
  • Local Bar Association
  • Local LGBTQ Center
  • Sexual Assault and Harassment Resource Centers located on college and university campuses.

If you have an EDI concern, please contact us


Anti Racism Resources and Trainings:


From #BwayforBLM: A resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.

Anti Racist Resources for White Led Organizations

New Tactics in Human Rights has developed this Strategy Toolkit to support the important work of human rights advocates around the world. Creating change is challenging. If we’re clear about where we are starting from, where we want to get to, and the path from one to the other, we’re more likely to get there.

The goal of the artEquity training will be to create a diverse, well-equipped cadre of national facilitators who can support equity-based initiatives nation-wide. Alumni of the training will be supported to sustain peer networks, intentional collaboration, and ongoing learning.

Undoing Racism workshop. The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.

Equity Quotient’s consulting practice supports non profit arts organizations wanting to transform to more equitable, creative entities reflecting their communities in their vision, staffing, programming, board, and audiences.

Red Door Project:  Mission: change the racial ecology of Portland through the arts.


Note: These trainings focus on race and do not necessarily provide an intersectional approach but we support the centrality of race in equity and inclusion conversations because race plays a prominent role when we look at other areas of identity (gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc.).


Further Reading:

How White People can talk to each other about Disrupting Racism


The Nuances of Racism in Theatre School


Gender pronouns:
Resources on Sexual Abuse and Misconduct in Theatre


Being an Ally

Understanding Privilege