Head of Huntington Theater Company Resigns Amid Internal Strife


The artistic director of the Huntington Theater Company in Boston has resigned, the company said on Wednesday, after months of upheaval over the workplace environment and an airing of grievances about the conduct of senior leaders.

The director, Peter DuBois, led the company for 12 years before his departure, according to a statement from the president and chairman of the company’s board of trustees. The statement did not offer a clear reason for the resignation but said it had come at a time when the challenges of the pandemic had “illuminated concerns about the theater’s workplace environment and issues of structural imbalance.”

A spokeswoman for the theater company, Temple Gill, said that DuBois’s resignation followed a board investigation that began after a complaint was received last month. She declined to elaborate on the nature of the complaint but said that 20 staff members had been interviewed and had spoken about a variety of issues surrounding workplace culture.

The Boston Globe reported that a group of employees had sent an email to board leaders last month expressing concerns about “retaliation from supervisors and an overall lack of accountability in leadership.”

In the company’s statement on Wednesday, the board leaders wrote that the Huntington was using the time while it was not producing shows to “become a more equitable institution” and to increase “dialogue with our BIPOC staff and artists.”

DuBois said in his statement that he was proud of the progress that had been made in diversity at the Huntington during his tenure, noting that if the pandemic had not struck, more than half of the theater’s actor contracts last season would have gone to artists of color. He added that he hoped people of color would be considered to replace him.

“I hope that by resigning I can create an opening,” DuBois said, “which allows the theater to continue on its journey of structural transformation.”


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