The Weinstein Effect. Initiatives, changes and movements to combat abuse of power in the performing arts
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.
Testimonies gathered and petition signed by over 800 international circus artists
Widespread harassment claims
Safe Theatres Australia, led by actors Sophie Ross and Eryn Jean Norvill bring leading Australian theatre organisations together to discuss how to eliminate harassment
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) 2017 sexual harassment in live theatre survey
Article by Ilse Ghekiere about research into sexism in Belgium dance community
Four actors, Patricia Fagan, Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley and Hannah Miller, accuse Soulpepper Artistic Director, Albert Schultz, of sexual harassment and assault. He resigns.
Government putting money into the area
Consent & respect in theatre group (CART) in Calgary
CART’s audition best practice policy
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
Paris Opera Ballet dancers make complaints about sexual harassment
A number of actors accuse Dieter Wedel, artistic director of Bad Hersfeld Theatre Festival, of sexual assault. He resigns. A criminal investigation is opened.
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?
Workshop students make complaints about director Premangshu Roy. He is suspended and investigation started.
Director Grace Dyas and a number of theatre workers accuse Michael Colgan, former Artistic Director of Gate Theatre, of bullying and abuse
Gate Theatre commission an independent investigation into Michael Colgan’s behaviour, find he ‘has a case to answer’, and implement recommendations from the report
Theatre community event in Ireland to formulate a sectoral plan
A toolkit developed for Irish individuals experiencing harassment or bullying https://www.dropbox.com/s/q0buy4wr4fyc4sa/WTF_Harassment_Toolkit_AmplifyWomen-1.pdf?dl=0
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
Director Jonas Vaitkus removed from working with students after complaints
Students at de Theaterschool Academy of Theatre & Dance in Amsterdam make complaints about ex-Artistic Director Jappe Claes
Hundreds of theatre and film actors share stories of endemic sexual harassment
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)
Kevin Spacey scandal, ex-Artistic Director of Old Vic
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
Waking The Feminists NI unites women actors, resulting in Belfast-based actors’ agent being banned
The Stage survey says 40% of those polled have been bullied, 1 in 3 sexually harassed
A code of behaviour developed by the Royal Court after their No Grey Area event
Best practice guidelines for intimacy on set
Five dancers accuse Peter Martins, NYC Ballet Director, of sexual harassment and physical abuse. He resigns.
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
Justin Huff, Broadway casting director, fired after sexual misconduct accusations
Gregory Boyd accused of misconduct, following retirement from Alley Theatre
Michael Halberstam of Writers Theater investigated. Agrees to ‘participate in compliance training’
Marcelo Gomes, principle dancer at American Ballet Theatre, resigns
Public Theater ‘Town Hall’ meeting
Public Theater resource list
Dance NYC resources including model policies