The Weinstein Effect. Initiatives, changes and movements to combat abuse of power in the performing arts

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This is a list of initiatives started in different countries after the Weinstein case. It's not exhaustive, and could be further updated at a later stage (also with your help - feel free to share your own resources!). This list was helfpul to prepare the discussion on bullying and harassment in the performing arts held at IETM Porto, April 2018.

International 

Stories
Testimonies gathered and petition signed by over 800 international circus artists
https://womenincircus.wordpress.com/ 

Australia

Stories
Widespread harassment claims
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-08/sexual-harassment-and-bullying-in-australian-theatre/9124070 

Safe Theatres Australia, led by actors Sophie Ross and Eryn Jean Norvill bring leading Australian theatre organisations together to discuss how to eliminate harassment 
https://www.safetheatresaustralia.com/

Research
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) 2017 sexual harassment in live theatre survey
https://www.meaa.org/download/meaa-2017-sexual-harassment-in-live-theatre-survey/ 

Belgium

Research
Article by Ilse Ghekiere about research into sexism in Belgium dance community
https://www.rektoverso.be/artikel/wetoo-what-dancers-talk-about-when-they-talk-about-sexism 

Canada

Stories
Four actors, Patricia Fagan, Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley and Hannah Miller, accuse Soulpepper Artistic Director, Albert Schultz, of sexual harassment and assault. He resigns.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/albert-schultz-soulpepper-sexual-harassment-allegations-1.4470036 

Government putting money into the area
https://www.calq.gouv.qc.ca/actualites-et-publications/pour-un-environnement-de-travail-exempt-de-harcelement/?utm_source=Openfield&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=B2647584 

Resources
Consent & respect in theatre group (CART) in Calgary
https://www.theatreconsent.com/

CART’s audition best practice policy
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/590f8b1b1b10e3154469d8f9/t/5a85de570d92979a164c2528/1518722647812/

Finland

Stories
Kenneth Greve dismissed as Artistic Director of Finland’s National Ballet https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finnish_ballet_artistic_director_stripped_of_managerial_role_over_improper_conduct_claims/10133557 

France

Stories
Paris Opera Ballet dancers make complaints about sexual harassment
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/16/paris-ballet-dancers-complain-bullying-sexual-harassment-poor/ 

Germany 

Stories
A number of actors accuse Dieter Wedel, artistic director of Bad Hersfeld Theatre Festival, of sexual assault. He resigns. A criminal investigation is opened. 
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/german-director-resigns-as-head-theater-festival-sexual-assault-claims-1077058 

Hungary

Stories
Actor Lilla Sárosdi accuses László Marton, director & professor emeritus at University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest, of sexual assault. He apologises and is being investigated by the university?
https://budapestbeacon.com/laszlo-marton-apologizes-sexual-assault-allegations/ 

India

Stories
Workshop students make complaints about director Premangshu Roy. He is suspended and investigation started.
https://www.indiatoday.in/pti-feed/story/theatre-director-accused-of-sexual-harassment-suspended-1064109-2017-10-13

Ireland 

Stories
Director Grace Dyas and a number of theatre workers accuse Michael Colgan, former Artistic Director of Gate Theatre, of bullying and abuse
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/seven-women-allege-abuse-and-harassment-by-michael-colgan-1.3279488

Gate Theatre commission an independent investigation into Michael Colgan’s behaviour, find he ‘has a case to answer’, and implement recommendations from the report 
https://www.gatetheatre.ie/the-board-of-the-gate-theatre-issues-apology/ 

Theatre community event in Ireland to formulate a sectoral plan
http://www.irishtheatreinstitute.ie/event.aspx?t=speak_up_and_call_it_out_establishing_a_code_of_conduct_for_irish_theatre&contentid=209234

Resources
A toolkit developed for Irish individuals experiencing harassment or bullying https://www.dropbox.com/s/q0buy4wr4fyc4sa/WTF_Harassment_Toolkit_AmplifyWomen-1.pdf?dl=0 

Korea 

Stories
Kim Soo-hee is the first of a number of actors to accuse director Lee Youn-taek of sexual harassment and assault. He apologises for 18 years of sexual harassment, but denies rape. Yeonhee Street Theatre Troupe disbanded http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180219000779
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/world/asia/south-korea-metoo-lee-youan-taek.html

Lithuania

Stories
Director Jonas Vaitkus removed from working with students after complaints
https://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/society/lithuania-vaitkus-removed-from-work-with-students-amid-sexual-misconduct-allegations.d?id=77126147 

Netherlands

Stories
Students at de Theaterschool Academy of Theatre & Dance in Amsterdam make complaints about ex-Artistic Director Jappe Claes 
https://www.atd.ahk.nl/en/news-and-events/news/article/artikel/2017/10/statement-in-response-to-recent-press-reports-of-historical-sexual-harassment-at-de-theaterschool/ 

Sweden

Stories
Hundreds of theatre and film actors share stories of endemic sexual harassment
https://www.thelocal.se/20171109/456-swedish-theatre-stars-share-stories-of-sex-harassment 

Resources
Swedish Performing Arts Association and Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film set up a Commission against harassment, who published a report of recommendations (with a summary in English) 
http://www.svenskscenkonst.se/media/1736861/rapport_ett_tillfalle_att_ta_vara_pa_webb.pdf

UK

Stories
Kevin Spacey scandal, ex-Artistic Director of Old Vic
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/kevin-spacey-third-complaint-sexual-assault-scotland-yard-oscar-winner-london-2005-a8165096.html 

Staff members Gina Abolins and Steffi Holtz accuse director Max Stafford Clark of inappropriate behaviour. He is forced to leave his company, Out of Joint
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/oct/20/theatre-director-max-stafford-clark-was-ousted-over-inappropriate-behaviour 

Waking The Feminists NI unites women actors, resulting in Belfast-based actors’ agent being banned 
https://theatreni.org/press-release/

Research
The Stage survey says 40% of those polled have been bullied, 1 in 3 sexually harassed
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2018/exclusive-report-reveals-worsening-scale-harassment-theatre/ 

Resources
A code of behaviour developed by the Royal Court after their No Grey Area event
https://royalcourttheatre.com/vicky-featherstone-releases-industry-code-behaviour-prevent-sexual-harassment-abuses-power/ 

Best practice guidelines for intimacy on set
http://www.itaobrien.com/sex-scenes-on-set-guidelines.html

United States

Stories
Five dancers accuse Peter Martins, NYC Ballet Director, of sexual harassment and physical abuse. He resigns.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/arts/dance/peter-martins-resigns-ballet.html

Four women accuse Gordon Edelstein of Long Wharf Theatre of sexual harassment and misconduct. He is fired https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/theater/gordon-edelstein-long-wharf-theater-sexual-misconduct.html

Four (male) musicians accuse James Levine, conductor at Met Opera, of sexual assault. He is fired, and an internal investigation is carried out
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/arts/music/james-levine-metropolitan-opera.html

Justin Huff, Broadway casting director, fired after sexual misconduct accusations
http://variety.com/2017/legit/news/casting-director-fired-sexual-misconduct-1202627410/

Gregory Boyd accused of misconduct, following retirement from Alley Theatre
http://www.playbill.com/article/alley-theatres-gregory-boyd-faces-misconduct-allegations

Michael Halberstam of Writers Theater investigated. Agrees to ‘participate in compliance training’
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ent-halberstam-writers-theatre-1130-story.html

Marcelo Gomes, principle dancer at American Ballet Theatre, resigns
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/arts/dance/marcelo-gomes-abt-sexual-misconduct-allegation.html

Public Theater ‘Town Hall’ meeting 
http://variety.com/2017/legit/news/casting-director-fired-sexual-misconduct-1202627410/

Resources
Public Theater resource list
https://www.publictheater.org/Sexual-Misconduct-Resources/

Dance NYC resources including model policies
https://www.dance.nyc/for-artists/resource-pages/sexualharassment/resources 
 

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