Comp Show & Training Center Discount Policy

as of 2/28/19

  • All ensemble and staff receive two free tickets to any performance in CSz Theater Chicago, regardless of whether performing or working that show.  All ensemble and staff may also purchase additional, unlimited tickets for half price.

  • CSz Training Center students may attend all CSz Theater performances for free.

     

24 HOURS IN ADVANCE:

Please submit all comps to Renee Rock (renee@cszchicago.com) in writing 24 hours prior to the show with the following information:

  • ENSEMBLE/STAFF NAME & EMAIL

  • WILL CALL NAME

  • WILL CALL PHONE

  • PERFORMANCE DATE

  • PERFORMANCE TIME

  • NUMBER OF TICKETS

Comps submitted 24 hours in advance will be honored, and will receive written confirmation.


DAY-OF COMPS:

Day-of Comps should be considered a last resort, not a common practice, and will be honored based on seating availability. Please submit Day-of Comp request directly to the Box Office.  

  • If the house is sold to 100 or more, Day-of Comps will receive a yellow walk-in ticket, and asked to wait for seating until five minutes before show time. These Comps should expect a “standing room only” possibility, with priority going to paying customers.

  • If there are less than 100 seats sold, these Comps will be issued a normal comp ticket and are welcome to be seated with the rest of the house.

Box Office staff will make the determination about what type of ticket each comp will receive for Day-of requests.


SPOUSES/PARTNERS:

Spouses/Partners are welcome to watch shows freely provided they wait for paying patrons to be seated first.

TRAINING CENTER

All ensemble members may attend CSz Training Center classes for free.

  • All House Team and CSz staff members  may attend CSz Training Center classes for $75.

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DISCRIMINATION POLICY

We are committed to ensuring a safe, welcoming and respectful workplace that provides employees and prospective employees with equal employment opportunities and we therefore maintain policies that prohibit discrimination, harassment and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, or disability:

▪ Race discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because he or she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features);

▪ Color discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because of skin color complexion;

▪ Religious discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because of his or her sincerely held religious beliefs;

▪ Sex discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because of that person's sex. Discrimination against an individual because of gender identity, including transgender status, or because of sexual orientation is discrimination because of sex;

▪ Pregnancy discrimination involves treating a woman (applicant or employee) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth;

▪ National origin discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because he or she is from a particular country or part of the world, because of ethnicity or accent, or because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background (even if they are not);

▪ Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age (the ADEA only forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40); and

▪ Disability discrimination occurs when an employer treats a qualified employee or applicant who has either a disability, a history of disability or a perceived disability unfavorably because of that disability.

▪ Discrimination can also involve treating someone unfavorably because that person is married to a person of a certain race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, or disability.

Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, or disability. Harassment may be considered unlawful when (1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or (2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. Harassment also includes sexual harassment which involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Although the law does not generally prohibit simple teasing or offhand comments, such conduct can rise to a level at which it would be considered harassment if it so severe or frequent as to create a hostile work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

You should be able to tell anyone here, who you feel is harassing or discriminating against you, that their conduct is unwelcome and must stop. You should also report any such conduct to management as soon as possible so that the company can address the situation early on. If you are not comfortable talking to your direct supervisor, or if their conduct is the problem, you should contact our Board-Staff Liaison, Jill Shely, at jillshely@aol.com or (917) 208-7280. The company will investigate any and all such claims and take action, as appropriate, to address the situation. To the extent possible under the circumstances, the company treats all such investigations, including the results, as confidential.

The company will take appropriate action in each case, in consultation with the parties involved, and may require restrictions on conduct or counseling, or suspend or terminate the employment of anyone found to be in violation of these policies. You should also know:

▪ We have a CSz Advocate Team composed of individual volunteers from within the company who are available for you to talk to and who can help you work through what steps to take in a given situation. These volunteers have not undergone any specific training and they are not able to provide you with legal advice, but they can provide both a shoulder and perspective and they are available so that, if you do experience harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, a support base is there for you. For a list of CSz Advocates, please contact Rene Duquesnoy at rene@reneduquesnoy.com.

▪ We maintain a ListServ program and we schedule meetings from time to time so that all of us here can get together to discuss issues affecting the theater and our community as a whole. Please remember that these are semi-public forums in which everyone is asked to refrain from talking about any investigation they may be a party to or circumstances involving specific people (who also have privacy interests that should be respected).

▪ No employee should be retaliated against for making a complaint in good faith or participating in good faith in an investigation pursuant to this policy. If you feel you have been retaliated against for any such reason, please contact Jill Shely at jillshely@aol.com or (917) 208-7280.

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BAR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Bar Hoursbar lobby to be ready and open one hour before curtain time.

  • Mondays-Thursdays the bar closes at 12 midnight;

  • last call is 11:30 p.m. (exception: if The Chaser on Monday runs long, the bar may remain open until 1 a.m. at the latest based on the decision of the bartender and manager on duty).

  • Fridays and Saturdays the bar closes at 2 a.m.;

  • last call is 1:30 a.m.

  • Sundays the bar closes at 10:30 p.m.;

  • last call is 10 p.m.


Drink Discounts:

  • Performing and non-performing ensemble members, guest players and House Teams get half-price on all NON-PREMIUM drinks, as many as they would like, with the following exceptions:

  • $2 off for craft beers and premium cocktails

  • $1 off for Old Style and Red Bull

  • Odd numbers round up (e.g. wine is $9; half-price is $4.50, so folks would pay $5)

  • PREMIUM drinks will cost $8

  • Working staff, including office, box office and front-of-house plus bartenders and servers, get one free, NON-PREMIUM after-shift drink.  All subsequent drinks are half-price as above.


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NAME IMAGE AND LIKENESS

AUTHORIZATION FOR COMEDYSPORTZ OF CHICAGO
TO USE NAME AND LIKENESS FOR COMPANY PURPOSES

For value received, intending to be legally bound, I hereby grant to ComedySportz of Chicago, an Illinois corporation (“CSz”):

A world-wide, perpetual, royalty–free, non-exclusive, irrevocable right and license to publish, display, reproduce, distribute, telecast and otherwise use my name and likeness, and any photograph, film and/or recording of me taken, filmed or recorded by or on behalf of CSz and any letters (such as testimonials) or other writings of mine I provide to CSz, in whole or in part, in any non-commercial manner in furtherance of CSz’s purposes or activities as CSz sees fit, including for purposes of general publicity or promotional advancement of CSz.

In granting this right and license, CSz acquires no ownership in any trademarks, names, logos, designs, identifying indicia, materials, copyrights, patents or other intellectual property of mine.

I waive any right that I may have to inspect or approve any finished product containing my name or likeness, or any photograph, film and/or recording of me or any letters or writings of mine, including any promotional or printed matter which may be used by CSz for its purposes or activities.

I represent and warrant to CSz that I have the right to grant to CSz the right and license set forth above and that I am of full age and have every right to contract in my own name in the above regard.

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SHOW CANCELLATION POLICY 

Shows should be expected to be played unless the below occurs:

  • “Fair Fight” Policy:  there should be at least SEVEN audience members on the books (including paid, discounts and comps) ONE HOUR BEFORE ENSEMBLE CALL (which is 1 hour before the show for first shows; 45 minutes for subsequent shows) for the show to proceed (this can be augmented at the discretion of the Manager on Duty).  

  • If there are six or fewer audience members listed, the Manager on Duty will contact the Director of Operations, Artistic Director, Intern Coordinator (if applicable), and Signature Show Director:

  • Artistic Director will contact the ensemble, music director and stage manager to cancel before they leave for the theater;

  • Director of Operations will contact the FOH  staff to cancel shifts, Box Office staff will post a “Theater Closed” sign on the front door (laminated, in box office), as well as call GoldStar Venue Services at 626-204-3960, x 4 (open until 8 p.m. PST) to alert any ticket purchasers from those outlets;  

  • Intern Coordinator will call to cancel the intern Brand Ambassadors;

  • Signature Show Director will cancel  Signature Show ensemble and crew if there is a show following ComedySportz that night;

  • Any audience members in the system will also be contacted to cancel; ticket price will be refunded and they will also receive one comp ticket per person.    

  • If a show is cancelled, all personnel will be cut (ensemble, FOH, etc.) EXCEPT for the box office staffer, who will work in the box office, answering phones until 30 min after show time to answer calls and inform potential patrons and others that there is no show that night.  

  • If there are SEVEN audience members on the books, but fewer than SEVEN show up by TEN minutes before curtain, the Manager on Duty will contact the above manager list to confirm cancellation.  The ensemble, music director, and stage manager who have showed up for a canceled show will receive HALF PAY ($5) plus one free NON PREMIUM drink if they’d like.

  • Signature Shows are called by the show’s Artistic Point Person at curtain time, and are encouraged to follow the at least SEVEN audience members rule.  Signature Show cancellations are NOT determined by pre-sold tickets as most of these low-priced tickets are purchased at the door, not beforehand due to extra Ticketmaster fees.  

    Weather Cancellation:

  • If the office and/or theater are to be closed due to weather, the Director of Operations will communicate with the below senior staff as soon as a decision is made, then they will communicate the closure (beginning, length of closure, other info) to their reports:

  • Director of Operations will contact office and FOH staff (box office, bartenders and servers)

  • Artistic Director will contact ensemble, music directors, and stage managers

  • Intern Coordinator will contact interns

  • Signature Show Director will contact Signature Shows players, musicians and stage managers

  • Marketing Director will post closure(s) on website landing page and on social media

  • Manager on Duty will post “Theater Closed” sign on the front door (laminated, in box office)

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