BOSTON - The Boston Children’s Theatre will file for bankruptcy following months of scandal involving the resignation of former executive artistic director Burgess Clark.
The news of the theatre’s plan to file for bankruptcy was announced via an email sent out on Wednesday evening by interim president of the Board of Directors, Jim Solomon.
Solomon announced the cancellation of all Boston Children’s Theatre events with information regarding the bankruptcy that will be handled by trustee Mark Degiacomo.
“As of now, all classes, productions, trips, and birthday parties run by BCT are cancelled,” Solomon said in the email. “Many of you have asked about refunds, and we hope to provide these as soon as possible. These matters will be handled by Bankruptcy Trustee: Mark Degiacomo.”
Troubles for the Beverly theater that has been open since 1951 came in October when Burgess Clark resigned, days later being accused of “inappropriate behavior” in a letter sent to Solomon.
Following Clarke’s departure, the Boston Children’s Theatre then released former executive director, Toby Schine, who is said to live with Clarke and his partner in Beverly, per WBUR.
When asked about the financial state of Boston Children’s Theatre and the leave of both Clarke and Schine, Solomon would not comment.
“We are sadly left with no choice but to file for bankruptcy while we investigate the factors that led to our dire financial situation,” Solomon shared in the email.
Adding, "It would not be responsible to comment while allegations are pending," Solomon said of Clark's resignation. "Out of respect for the process, I will refrain from any subjective or objective remarks...It appears that financial mismanagement is apparent. While we have no specific indication of fraud, it will be investigated."
While Solomon will not comment on Clark, the Boston Globe has reported that several students have come forward accusing Clark of inappropriate behavior. Those students shared that they were inappropriately touched and kissed by Clark during private lessons with the 58-year-old.
The Essex District Attorney's Office is said to be assisting the Beverly Police in the matter. It is unclear if the case is still currently under investigation.
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