Soulpepper Theatre icon Albert Schultz accused of sexual misconduct by four actresses

Plaintiffs describe years of harassment and assault while working for Soulpepper's co-founder, who has been described as a 'serial sexual predator' in separate civil suits seeking millions of dollars in damages

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Actresses Kristin Booth and Trish Fagan, shown in Ms. Fagan’s Toronto home, are two of the four women suing Soulpepper Theatre Company and its artistic director, Albert Schultz. (GALIT RODAN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Four actresses have launched civil suits against the Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company, and its artistic director, Albert Schultz, alleging he sexually harassed and assaulted them, on stage and off, in incidents that span two decades.

Patricia Fagan, Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley and Hannah Miller are plaintiffs in separate suits that seek damages totalling $4.25-million from the theatre company and $3.6-million from Mr. Schultz – who is described as a “serial sexual predator” in their statements of claim.

Mr. Schultz, who founded Soulpepper along with 11 other artists in 1998, is one of the most prominent artistic directors in the country – an Order of Canada recipient who has starred in Canadian TV series from Street Legal to Alias Grace and whose knack for fundraising helped grow his theatre company from its initial two-production summer season into a year-round “national civic theatre.”

The actor and director wields enormous influence at Soulpepper, not only in his role as artistic director but also as head of the Soulpepper Academy; general director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, the building that houses the company and George Brown Theatre School; and executive producer of the CBC-TV comedy series Kim’s Convenience, a spinoff of a popular Soulpepper play.

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