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How Is The Houston Arts Community Dealing With Sexual Misconduct Allegations?

Houston Matters discusses how issues of sexual misconduct are handled in Houston’s srts community.

The Alley Theatre just replaced the director of an upcoming show amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The move comes just days after an article in The New York Times. The publication spoke with four women who accused director Gordon Edelstein of unwanted sexual contact.

In an e-mailed statement to News 88.7, the Alley Theatre’s board says: “A year ago, Gordon Edelstein had been hired to direct the upcoming Alley play, Satchmo at the Waldorf…[Monday] when the Alley Theatre was made aware of sexual harassment allegations against him, he was replaced as Director.”

This comes on the heels of the abrupt retirement of the Alley Theatre’s artistic director, Gregory Boyd. Boyd is at the center of numerous reported misconduct allegations made by current and former employees of the theater.

We learn more about the latest developments at The Alley from Susan Carroll, an investigative reporter with the Houston Chronicle. Then, we discuss how the Greater Houston arts community is talking about — and dealing with — sexual harassment with Karen Farber, director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston.

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