×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Four Actresses Accuse Toronto Theater Leader of Sexual Harassment, Assault

Four women have accused Albert Schultz, the artistic director of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, of sexual harassment and assault in four separate civil lawsuits, according to a report in the Globe and Mail.

Schultz is one of the co-founders of Soulpepper, which is the largest nonprofit theater company in Toronto and recently played a month-long Off Broadway residency at the Signature Theatre Center. In their allegations, the four actresses describe incidents that occurred over the last 20 years and now seek damages totaling $4.25 million from the company and $3.6 million from Schultz, according to the report. His recent TV credits include Netflix’s “Alias Grace” and BBC America’s “Copper.”

Also an actor and a director, Schultz is accused of inappropriate sexual talk, groping, bullying, exposing himself to an actress before she was about to go onstage, and inserting himself into rehearsals to demonstrate how an actor should touch or kiss an actress during particular scenes, among other allegations.

“Soulpepper Theatre Company confirms that, today, it received statements of claim from four actors regarding a number of workplace issues including allegations against the organization’s Artistic Director Albert Schultz,” the company said in a statement. “The Board of Directors has commenced an immediate investigation. The board has further instructed Mr. Schultz to step down from all his Soulpepper responsibilities while this investigation takes place.”

The statement also expressed the theater’s commitment to creating a safe workplace, but added it would not comment further because the matter is the subject of an ongoing litigation.

The lawsuits against Soulpepper and Schultz are the latest examples of facets of the theater industry caught in the wave of allegations and exposes that have come in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Among the subjects of recent allegations have been a casting director at a prominent Broadway casting agency as well as the playwright Israel Horovitz.

More Legit

  • Hillary and Clinton review

    Broadway Review: Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in 'Hillary and Clinton'

    If anyone could play Hillary Clinton, it’s Laurie Metcalf – and here she is, in Lucas Hnath’s “Hillary and Clinton,” giving a performance that feels painfully honest and true. And if anyone could capture Bill Clinton’s feckless but irresistible charm, that would be John Lithgow – and here he is, too. Who better to work [...]

  • Hadestown review

    Broadway Review: 'Hadestown'

    “Hadestown” triggered a lot of buzz when this wholly American show (which came to the stage by way of a concept album) premiered at Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2016. Arriving on Broadway with its earthly delights more or less intact, this perfectly heavenly musical — with book, music and lyrics by Anaïs [...]

  • Burn This review

    Broadway Review: Adam Driver, Keri Russell in 'Burn This'

    The ache for an absent artist permeates Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This,” now receiving a finely-tuned Broadway revival that features incendiary performances by Adam Driver and Keri Russell, playing two lost souls in a powerful and passionate dance of denial. AIDS is never mentioned in this 1987 play, yet the epidemic and the profound grief that [...]

  • White Noise Suzan-Lori Parks

    Listen: The 'Dumb Joke' Hidden in 'White Noise'

    Suzan-Lori Parks’ new play “White Noise” tackles a host of urgent, hot-button topics, including racism and slavery — but, according to the playwright, there’s also a “dumb joke” buried in it. Listen to this week’s podcast below: Appearing with “White Noise” director Oskar Eustis on “Stagecraft,” Variety‘s theater podcast, Parks revealed that the inspiration for [...]

  • Adam Driver appears at the curtain

    Adam Driver on Starring in 'Burn This' for a Second Time

    The Hudson Theatre’s new production of “Burn This” marks its first Broadway revival since it premiered on the Great White Way in 1987, but Adam Driver is no stranger to the work. He starred as Pale in a Juilliard production of the Lanford Wilson drama when he was still a student — and only now, [...]

  • Alan Wasser

    Alan Wasser, Tony-Winning Broadway General Manager, Dies at 70

    Alan Wasser, a veteran Broadway general manager who received an honorary Tony Award, died from complications from Parkinson’s disease in New York on Sunday. He was 70. Wasser founded Alan Wasser Associates and general managed “Les Misérables,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Miss Saigon,” three of the most successful productions of all time. He [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content