Ethics, generally considered the principles that guide a society or group, are integral to effective and adaptive stage management. When stage managers are faced with ethical dilemmas, careful consideration of the structural guidelines associated with the circumstances is essential. These may include considering union and house rules, human resource directives, administrative standards, and professional practices. The stage manager’s responsibility to prioritize safety will be influenced by environment, cultural expectations, and the stage manager’s ethics and core values. Language that requires ethical consideration can be referred to as loaded, explicit, charged, or derogatory, referring to words or phrases that elicit a significant emotional or visceral response. Ethical debates flourish in every performative environment, and the stage manager’s willingness to engage in adaptive theory-based practice when questions of ethics arise is one step in cultivating skills that can support the navigation of ethically-charged situations.