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“While I will continue to vigorously defend myself against the allegations that are being made, I have made this decision in the interest of the future of the company into which I poured the last 20 years of my life, and in the interest of the aspirations of the artists and administrators of the company,” Schultz said in the statement issued Thursday evening.
Soulpepper’s associate artistic director, Alan Dilworth, will serve as acting artistic director, the company said in a separate statement.
“While this has been a tremendously difficult chapter in Soulpepper’s history, today’s decision ensures the organization is able to move forward with confidence and remain a leading Canadian theatre company.”
“Albert is a serial sexual predator who … had well-developed methods for targeting actresses and luring them into situations that he considered optimal for sexually harassing and assaulting them,” the lawsuits allege.
“These claims make serious allegations against me which I do not take lightly,” Schultz said in a statement Wednesday.