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Canada Heritage ministry, Theatre Ontario react as Schultz allegations rock arts community

12:25  07 january  2018
12:25  07 january  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Canadian theatre star Albert Schultz sued by 4 women who call him 'serial sexual predator'

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Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly said in a statement Friday, the © Fred Chartrand Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly said in a statement Friday, the "wave of reports and allegations about harassment in the cultural sector and beyond" prompted the Ministry to review funding practices.

The Canadian Heritage ministry and Theatre Ontario are among the latest to comment on the state of the industry following a “wave” of abuse allegations, including the latest against Soulpepper Theatre co-founder Albert Schultz.

“Following the wave of reports and allegations about harassment in the cultural sector and beyond, we are currently reviewing our existing funding policies to ensure that recipient organizations promote healthy and harassment-free work environments,” said Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly in a post to Twitter.

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The Canadian Heritage ministry and Theatre Ontario are among the latest to comment on the state of the industry following a “wave” of abuse allegations , including the latest against Soulpepper Theatre co-founder Albert Schultz .

In a statement Friday, the Ministry said it’s currently reviewing its funding policies to ensure that “recipient organizations promote healthy and harassment-free work environments” and comply with the public sector’s ethics code.

The Ministry said “recent events” have prompted it to reaffirm a zero-tolerance approach to harassment on the job, though Schultz was not named in the statement.

Founded in 1998, Soulpepper is one of Canada’s most prestigious stages and paid training programs, with a notable annual budget of $12 million to run its year-round shows.

The company has received almost $3-million worth of grant funding since 1999 from the Canada Council for the Arts, which reports to parliament through Canadian Heritage. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Soulpepper was awarded $185,850 in total through audience development and multi-year operational grants.

A quick sketch of Albert Schultz

  A quick sketch of Albert Schultz A quick sketch of Albert SchultzBiographical details: Schultz was born in Port Hope, Ont., in 1963, but grew up in Okotoks, Alta. He was among the founding members of Soulpepper when the company launched in 1998 and served as its artistic director ever since.

The Canadian Heritage ministry and Theatre Ontario are among the latest to comment on the state of the industry following a “wave” of abuse allegations , including the latest against Soulpepper Theatre co-founder Albert Schultz .

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Theatre Ontario, which offers programs and services to the performing arts community in the province, issued a statement denouncing sexual misconduct on the heels of the civil lawsuits.

The organization noted it has observed, “the steady rise of whispers” on what they believe to be “part of a greater pattern in our theatre community, one that is regretfully not new.”

“Even though it is individuals that have been perpetrators, it is our institutions, associations and agencies that have failed to expect and demand greater accountability and action,” the statement said.

Schultz and Soulpepper were served with multimillion-dollar civil lawsuits earlier this week by four women who claim the 54-year-old sexually abused and harassed them in what they all characterized as “Soulpepper’s best known secret.”

The claims have not been proven in court. Soulpepper and Schultz have not yet filed a statement of defence.

With files from Canadian Press

Former George Brown theatre students allege they were humiliated, abused by faculty .
Former George Brown theatre students allege they were humiliated, abused by facultyThe allegations, some dating back more than a decade, describe an environment in which students were bullied by teachers, and feared being kicked out of the program if they spoke up.

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