Director Ramin Gray investigated over allegations of misconduct
Theatre director Ramin Gray is being investigated after being accused of inappropriate behaviour in his role as artistic director of Actors Touring Company.
ATC has initiated an “independent investigation” into the director in consultation with Equity and by agreement with the Young Vic, which is currently staging Gray’s production of The Suppliant Women.
ATC has refused to confirm the nature of the allegations.
London’s Young Vic is currently hosting The Suppliant Women, but the theatre says that no complaints have been lodged in relation to this staging of the production.
The allegations came to light after blogger Carl Woodward interviewed Gray, who said he was “shocked by the current abuses of power” tearing through the industry in relation to Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
Following the publication of the blog, Woodward claims he was approached by a number of people with complaints about Gray.
Malinda Smith, a member of the chorus that features in The Suppliant Women, says she has chosen to no longer be part of the production, saying she took the knee in the curtain call at press night in protest at an alleged lack of support from the Young Vic.
She said: “The Young Vic and the creative team from ATC are aware of the allegations against Ramin Gray and yet [at the time the play opened] no party had reached out to ensure the well-being of The Suppliant Women chorus despite all of us having worked with Ramin during this process. There has been no transparency and the Young Vic has offered no support for anyone who may be directly or indirectly affected by these allegations having arisen.”
A statement from the Young Vic has said that, in accordance with the theatre’s longstanding Dignity at Work policy, the theatre does not tolerate inappropriate conduct of any kind.
The spokeswoman said: “The safeguarding of those we work with is our priority. As soon as we were made aware of allegations, all of which related to historic events, the Young Vic took action to look after all participants in The Suppliant Women. Actors Touring Company have initiated an independent investigation into this matter in consultation with Equity and by agreement with the Young Vic.”
She added: “Our policies were shared with the entire company of The Suppliant Women and include resources for reporting concerns or complaints of this nature. As outlined in our safeguarding policy, experienced members of staff oversaw rehearsals with the community chorus to ensure their well-being. When the investigation was initiated, senior members of our team spent time with our participants to share as much information as we were advised was permissible at that time.”
A spokesman for the Actors Touring Company said: “ATC has policies in place to deal with any allegations of misconduct, whatever the nature of those allegations. We take any such allegations very seriously.
“The ATC board, working in full collaboration with Equity and the Independent Theatre Council, has already undertaken steps to initiate an independent investigation process, with appropriate safeguards in place to ensure fairness to everyone concerned. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
Gray has been approached for comment, but has not yet responded.