The results of a two-month-old investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Playhouse on the Square founder and executive producer Jackie Nichols
will be made public soon according to a consultant* handling news media contacts on behalf of the organization. Possibly as early as Monday, March 12th.
On January 5th, Playhouse on the Square announced
that Nichols, 70, would take a leave of absence until the investigation was complete. From the media release:
The Executive Committee of Circuit Playhouse Inc. today announced that Executive Producer Jackie Nichols is taking a leave of absence pending an investigation of a sexual misconduct allegation against him, which he denies. This allegation is unrelated to the operations of Playhouse on the Square. Our board of directors take this matter seriously and will appoint an independent investigator to investigate the allegation.
On January 12th, POTS named the investigator
, Jennifer S. Hagerman of the Burch Porter and Johnson law firm. It was also announced that a review of policies and procedures would be conducted.
The investigation into Nichols' conduct was triggered when the now 49-year-old daughter of his first wife posted detailed allegations on Facebook, describing events dating back more than 40 years. Since that time, more adult women have come forward and spoken to the investigation with allegations of misconduct that occurred when they were still minors.
The Flyer has identified and spoken to three. All have described their contact with the POTS investigator as being professional and satisfactory.
According to longtime associates, POTS has a strong, decades-old track record of arranging child-advocacy training for staff working with its Summer Conservatory and other youth programs. Similar training has not historically been required for all employees.
Last week Playhouse on the Square announced its 50th anniversary season.
This report has been updated to correct an inaccuracy.