Group Constitutions
King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe

Article 1. The King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe is chartered with the two following purposes: 1 ) to provide inexpensive theater on campus and 2) to involve as many people as is possible in each production.

Section 1. The piece must be presented with little or no admission charge; in order to create revenue co-sponsorships, advertisements, and donations, as well as whatever other devices deemed appropriate by the Producer and the executive board, may be employed.

Section 2. Any works presented must be either in the form of straight comedy or drama (i.e., excluding musicals). Shakespearean pieces are preferred but should a non-Shakespearean piece be deemed appropriate by the executive board, it may be selected.

Section 3. The productions of the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe must be presented in such a way as to make theater accessible to as many people as is possible. Productions do not have to be given an outdoor venue, but such a venue is preferred.

Section 4. In. any production as many rolls (both performance and non-performance) as is possible must be created. Under these guidelines the director is entitled to employ as many actors, stage hands, assistants, etc. as he or she sees fit.

Article 2. Membership in the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe shall be restricted to those who have been involved (in any position) in any of the Troupe's previous productions to that production's point of fruition.

Article 3. The King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe shall be put under the auspices of an executive board composed of a President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, one member of the most recent production's production staff and one member from any area of the most recent production.

Section 1. The President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected on the basis of a simple majority vote of the entire membership of the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe. The representative of the most recent production board and most recent production shall be elected by only those members of the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe who are also members of the most recent production. This vote may be either open or secret, as expressed by an open vote in which a single vote for a secret vote will carry the motion.

Section 2. The President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall have terms of one full calendar year. The representatives shall have terms which run through the completion of the project they are elected before.

Section 3. The President shall preside at all meetings of the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe at which is conducted any business of the Troupe, not including any rehearsals, auditions, or other meetings which are directly involved with the creative process of the show. The President shall also be in charge of setting both the time and location of these meetings and of securing these locations.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall be in charge of maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of the Troupe's finances.

Section 5. The Secretary shall be responsible for notifying all members of the Troupe of meetings, keeping notes on the proceedings of the meetings, and maintaining any and all official communications of the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe.

Section 6. No member of the executive board, while in that office, may serve as director of a show.

Article 4. At some point in advance of the beginning of a semester in which the Troupe intends to mount a production, the executive board shall advertise for a director.

Section 1. The executive board will schedule a meeting with the perspective director(S) at which he or she will present a proposal which will include: the show intended, the manner in which this show is to be presented, the location in which this show is intended to be performed, the approximate cost for the production, the approximate cast size (including male:female numbers), and any members of his or her production staff which the director will need help in securing or has not yet secured.

Section 2. If, having viewed all the candidates, the executive board desires some further examination, a majority vote will suffice to bring any prospective director(s) back for a second interview.

Section 3. Having seen the prospective directors, the executive board will vote on them, in an open ballot. The accepted director must have received at least four of the five, votes as well as the president's vote, in order to be selected.

Article 5. The director shall have all powers necessary to the production of show.

Section 1. The director will have full creative control.

Section 2. The director has the power to hire/dismiss any members of the cast/production staff at any point.

Subsection 1. The director may only dismiss the producer with the consent of a majority of the executive board.

Article 6. The president shall serve as the producer for the show.

Section 1. The producer shall be responsible for the business side of the production, having all powers necessary for the following: form (though not content) of advertising, gaining of revenue, securing of locations (both for rehearsal and production), reimbursal of individual debts incurred (with his consent) for the show, and paying of King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe monies to cover the expenses of the show.

Section 2. Under extreme circumstances the producer may move to have the director removed from his post.

Subsection 1. Extreme circumstances include, but are not limited to, inability to bring the production to fruition near budget, inability to bring the production to fruition upon schedule, or mental instability. In order that this act be justified the situation must be obvious and clear, and must admit of the single conclusion that leaving the director in his office will seriously and irretrievably prejudice the Troupe's interests

Subsection 2. Should the Producer come to the conclusion that such an action is necessary he shall call an emergency meeting of the executive board. At this meeting all evidence and concerns shall be put forward. Should it be unanimously agreed, by closed ballot, that the extreme circumstances exist, an emergency meeting shall be held between the executive board and the director, at which he or she shall be given the chance to explain his or her actions. If, upon voting after this meeting, a majority of the executive board still holds that extreme circumstances exist, the director shall be either removed from his post to be replaced as the executive board sees fit, or retained with the provision that creative control now lies with the producer

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