'We should have handled it differently': Alley Theatre apologizes for handling of abuse allegations

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Alley Theatre apologizes for handling of abuse allegations. (KTRK)

The Alley Theatre is apologizing over how it handled allegations of abuse against its former artistic director.

Gregory Boyd retired earlier this month after several former and current employees claimed it was because of questionable behavior.
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Fallout continues over the Alley Theatre's former Artistic Director Gregory Boyd.

Full statement released:
"On behalf of the Alley Theatre, we apologize for recent events and the actions that led to these news stories.

Long-time Alley Artistic Director, Gregory Boyd, had been discussing retirement options with members of the Board of Directors. When the Alley Theatre Board Leadership learned of the depth of staff concerns regarding his behavior, they requested he proceed with his retirement. Part of the negotiated retirement contract included a severance payment and an immediate departure from his post.

We recognize that this lack of transparency has been viewed negatively. We should have handled it differently. We apologize to those impacted, the Alley staff, patrons, donors, press, and to the city of Houston.

Moving the Alley Theatre forward is our primary goal. To that end, Walker Consulting Group has been selected by the Alley. The consultant will provide input to management and the Board-led Work Environment and Governance Committee to assess the workplace and make recommendations for change. Robbin Walker has been in the training and development field for over 30 years and has consulted for Target Stores at their Minneapolis headquarters, facilitated for Theatre Communications Group, and worked with major theatres across the county. Robbin begins meeting with the staff at all levels this Monday, January 29. We look forward to her findings and changes to be implemented.

We vow to move forward in ensuring a healthy work environment and the Alley Theatre will continue to bring quality productions to Houston audiences in a new era."
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