Constitution and Bylaws

PLAYWRIGHTS’ PLATFORM CONSTITUTION

Ratified May 10, 1992.
ARTICLE I

The name of this organization shall be Playwrights’ Platform.
ARTICLE II

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide a place for Boston area playwrights to develop their craft.
ARTICLE III

Associate Membership will be open to any interested persons upon the payment of dues. Playwright Membership applicants must attend at least two readings before being accepted, and submit a sample of their work. This sample must be at least one complete scene and not more than a full-length play. Eligibility will be determined by a committee of three members of Playwrights’ Platform chosen by the President to read the sample. To remain a member in good standing, Playwright Members must attend at least two readings each year, other than their own, and pay yearly dues.
ARTICLE IV

The Officers of Playwrights’ Platform shall consist of a President and four members of an Executive Board, namely, a Chairman, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary, who shall be elected in May of each year to serve from September 1st for one year. Officers may serve consecutive terms. An Advisory Board shall be appointed by the President to serve from September 1st for one year.
ARTICLE V

Playwrights’ Platform shall hold readings of the works of Playwright Members on a regular basis, free and open to the public, and from time to time produce selected works for the general public.
ARTICLE VI

The Chairman must call a Members’ Meeting upon the request of ten percent of the Playwright Membership.
ARTICLE VII

This Constitution can be amended only through the assent of 2/3 of the current Playwright members in attendance at the meeting at which the vote is held. Notification of any proposed change to the Constitution or Bylaws must be made by mail at least two weeks before the vote. Members unable to attend such a meeting may submit their votes by mail or by written proxy to the Chairman at least 24 hours before the vote is to be held.

PLAYWRIGHTS’ PLATFORM BYLAWS

OFFICER RESPONSIBILITIES

The President is responsible for the over-all governing of Playwrights’ Platform. He or she may form and dissolve committees as needed, with the exception of the Executive Board. S/he selects members for the committees, excepting the Executive Board. His/hers is the ultimate decision as to meeting scheduling, the events at each meeting, and other interests of Playwrights’ Platform. The President shall be responsible for the disbursement of funds, in coordination with the Treasurer. S/he may be a member of any committee, and is a non-voting member of the Executive Board, except the President has the deciding vote in the case of ties. The Executive Board has the right to approve or disapprove Presidential decisions by majority vote.

The Executive Board shall consist of four elected officers, whose function is to help the President with the operation of the organization. The Chairman of the Executive Board shall be responsible for convening the Board at least once a year.

The Vice President shall perform any or all functions of the President should the President be absent or otherwise unable to carry out the duties of the office.

The Treasurer shall be responsible for collecting and accounting for dues and other revenues and expenses, and must report to the general membership on the financial status of Playwrights’ Platform at least once a year.

The Secretary shall maintain the scheduling of events and meetings, membership lists, and records of events.

Any formal communication made by a member as a representative of Playwrights’ Platform must be pre-approved by the Executive Board or the President. No one may use the Playwrights’ Platform name without such prior approval.

CHANGES TO BYLAWS

The Bylaws of Playwrights’ Platform may be revised only through the assent of 2/3 of current Playwright membership in attendance at the meeting at which the vote is held. Notification of any proposed change to the Bylaws must be made by mail at least two weeks before the vote. Members unable to attend such a meeting may submit their votes by mail or by written proxy to the Secretary at least 24 hours before the vote is to be held.

DUES

The Executive Board shall determine the dues for Playwright Members and Associate Members, due September 1st annually. Dues may be prorated for members initially joining after March 1st, except for those Playwright Members whose work is being read or produced by Playwrights’ Platform.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Dues shall support our meeting-space and performance-related expenses, our newsletters, and our general organizational expenses. Members may attend Playwrights’ Platform paid events for a reduced charge. Only Playwright Members in good standing may present scripts at readings or in Playwrights’ Platform productions.