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In Wake of Kevin Spacey Scandal, Broadway Puts Harassment in the Spotlight

Tuesday Nov 7, 2017
In Wake of Kevin Spacey Scandal, Broadway Puts Harassment in the Spotlight
  (Source:AP )

As allegations of sexual harassment mount against Kevin Spacey, the theater industry is taking action.

According to a report by Variety, last week Actors Equity Association sent an email to some 1,500 employers of Equity actors, emphasizing the expectation that harassment policies be addressed on the first day of rehearsal. The email also vowed to monitor existing policies.

"In the coming days, Equity staff will be reaching out to request your policy on harassment so that Equity knows what your policy states," AEA exec director Mary McColl said in the email.

From the business side, Broadway general managers spoke to Variety about blurred lines of professionalism in a theatrical work environment. "We can all be so lackadaisical sometimes," noted one manager. "That's something everyone is very aware of now."

On the social services end, the Actors' Fund is working with theatrical unions to launch a communications campaign to point union members to resources of which workers may be unaware - like counseling offered by the Fund to anyone in the entertainment industry.

The front page news that put Spacey's alleged history of sexual harassment of young male actors into the spotlight last month, has its roots on Broadway. "Star Trek" actor Anthony Rapp first raised accusations against Spacey in an article published by Buzzfeed last month that went back three decades when both actors work working on Broadway shows. Rapp was 14 years old at the time.

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