Boston Childrens Theatre Parts Company with Exec. Director
November 16, 2019 Boston Childrens Theatre, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides theatrical experiences aimed at fostering artistic and personal development of diverse youth, yesterday announced that its executive director, Toby Schine, has stepped down from the post, less than three weeks after its executive artistic director resigned amid reported allegations of "inappropriate behavior."
Its with great sadness that the Board of Boston Childrens Theatre and Executive Director Toby Schine have decided to part ways, according to a letter the organizations board sent to parents, The Boston Globe reported.
Jim Solomon, interim head of the board, said of the Boston Childrens Theatre
(BCT) did not offer additional details regarding Schines departure, according to the press report.
No one has been named to fill Schine's role, either on an interim or permanent basis.
Schine joined BCT as associate artistic director in 2008, and was named executive director in 2012.
BCT also reportedly decided to suspend the planned production of A Charlie Brown Christmas," although its website, as of today, lists a performance schedule for the show through Dec. 22.
We simply do not have the staff or funding to support the quality of performance for which our company is known, and we owe our children nothing less. Unfortunately, in light of recent events, our focus as an organization must be rebuilding," according to an email issued by the board, WBUR reported.
According to The Globe, Solomon also reportedly noted that its finances are even more precarious than usual, without elaborating on.
BCT reportedly hired a law firm last week to investigate accusations of "inappropriate behavior" by Clark, who served as its executive artistic director from 2008, recently lodged by more than a dozen former BCT students, The Boston Globe reported.
The Essex County district attorney's office also last week reportedly confirmed that its investigators were notified by Beverly police of the accusations by the former BCT students against Clark.
"In a letter the besieged organization sent to parents Thursday [Nov. 7], the board also said it has engaged an outside specialist to review its internal policies, including hiring, supervision of students, and how the group solicits feedback from parents," The Globe reported.
Clark, who resigned following a six-week medical leave, had reportedly been accused of inappropriate behavior while working at a youth camp in Colorado in 2004, The Globe reported, but that after an investigation no evidence of criminal behavior was found and was not reported to law enforcement.
In recent weeks, membership on the BCT board has reportedly dwindled to three members.