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September 23, 2020
Ex Boston Children's Theatre ED Files Suit for Unpaid Wages
Toby Schine
Toby Schine

July 26, 2020 — The former executive director of the Boston Children's Theatre, which engaged children in professional level theatrical performances for nearly 70 years before ceasing operations after filing for bankruptcy last November, last week filed a lawsuit against the shuttered Boston nonprofit for unpaid wages he said are owed to him.

The suit, filed Thursday in Salem Superior Court by Tobias "Toby" Schine, seeks a minimum of $65,000 for allegedly unpaid wages covering the final three years of his employment, The Salem News reported yesterday.

"Schine said the board required him to defer part of his approximately $62,300 salary to help meet the rest of the nonprofit's payroll in 2017, 2018 and in 2019, the paper reported.

The lawsuit also is seeking treble damages "on the grounds that the nonprofit violated the state's wage and hours law," the paper reported.

Schine also filed a complaint with the Attorney General's office prior to filing the civil suit, and is listed as a creditor in the theater company's bankruptcy filing, according to The Salem News report.

Schine is the fifth former employee of the Boston Children's Theatre (BCT) to sue over unpaid wage allegations, The Boston Globe reported today.

Schine stepped down from his post less than three weeks after its executive artistic director, Burgess Clark, resigned amid reported allegations of "inappropriate behavior.

When the BCTG board announced the end of Schine's employment, it did not disclose the circumstances of his departure, The Globe reported.

Schine joined BCT as associate artistic director in 2008, and was named executive director in 2012.

Last fall, a number of directors reportedly resigned from BCT, leaving only three on the board – Jim Solomon, who was then interim head of the board, James Reginald Colimon, and Elin Schran. Three years earlier, BCT had 17 board members.

In late November, Solomon, in a letter to students and parents, wrote, that “we hoped to provide” refunds and urged parents to contact the organization by Dec. 3, or else submit a request to bankruptcy court, according to The Globe.

He added, “We are sadly left with no choice but to file for bankruptcy while we investigate the factors that led to our dire financial situation," according to the report.

For the year ending Sept. 30, 2016, BCT reported $66,900 in assets and $270,000 in liabilities, according to its most recently available federal tax filing. Its last financial statement filed with the Massachusetts attorney general's office was for the year ending Sept. 30, 2015.

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