BOSTON: Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT) has announced that executive director Toby Schine has stepped down. Schine’s departure follows closely the resignation of BCT’s artistic director, Burgess Clark, in October due to allegations of sexual misconduct from 17 former students. Clark had previously been reprimanded for misconduct by the leadership of a youth arts camp in Colorado, where he had worked in 2004.
The BCT’s board of directors released a statement last week saying that they are “profoundly saddened” by the allegations against Clark, and that they “have great compassion for the brave men and women who have come forward.” Of Schine, they said, “We are grateful to Toby for his many years of service to BCT. He has played an important role in the lives of our children, and we wish him the best of luck in the future. Unfortunately, in light of recent events, our focus as an organization must be rebuilding.”
The board also announced that they have suspended BCT’s upcoming production of A Charlie Brown Christmas, adapted by Eric Schaeffer. The board also added that they will be working with the parents of BCT students to identify new leadership for their theatre, which was founded in 1951.