Following controversy over the content of open mic event No-Shame Theater, the Springer Opera House’s board of directors has voted unanimously to continue the event starting April 5.
To bring the community together to discuss the issues that rose to the surface after the most recent No-Shame, Paul Pierce, the Producing Artistic Director, organized a No-Shame Summit for March 23 to let everyone’s voices be heard on the subject.
After the summit, the Springer’s board voted on reinstating No-Shame on Tuesday, March 26. While the event will continue on, the board voted to change two customs of earlier versions of the show into new rules.
Until the vote on Tuesday, No-Shame had been suspended indefinitely following a complaint over the content of the show and a Springer employee’s reported response by Howard Jefferson, a local real-estate broker with Coldwell Banker.
Going forward, people who put on acts that become abusive or hateful will be removed from the stage. The host now also has the authority to remove disruptive audience members from the venue.
“From now on, those customs become policy,” Pierce told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “Hate and disruption won’t be tolerated.”
Additionally, there will now be a sign posted at the door reading that No-Shame is an “open stage” event and may not be for everyone.