The Journey with CTC
In the summer of 2015, I was confronted with my past harms in a way that was impossible for me to deny. I had been running from the truth for more than three decades and I was exhausted. I made a decision to turn around and face my past so I would be able to move forward without dragging the dead weight of the consequences of those harms along with me for the rest of my life.
I filed a civil suit under the MN Child Victims Act against the company actor that raped me in 1983, Jason McLean, and the Minneapolis theater institution that harbored and protected him, The Children’s Theatre Company and School (CTC). I have been profoundly changed as a result of that decision. I walked through the most difficult period of my life, and more harm was caused in the process, but I can say that I am grateful that I made that choice, in spite of the difficulties that were created because of it.
Seventeen people filed civil suits against their perpetrators from their time as children at CTC, sixteen of them also filed suits against CTC for their negligence. My case was the only one that went to trial. In January of 2019 the institution of CTC was found negligent, McLean found liable for my abuse.
Because of a post trial maneuver by CTC's legal team, known as Taxation of Cost, I called for a boycott of the theater, which inspired two important groups to form in response to and support of the boycott. Standing with CTC Survivors and the CTC Artist Community Council. Visit these link for updates on how things have unfolded with them.
Theater Artist Leader Coalition (TALC) was also born from conversations during the boycott of CTC. Visit this page to learn more.
I highly recommend you listen to the MPR series called Innocence Lost by Marianne Combs to get a better idea of the scope and history of CTC and the harms done to students there in the 1960s 70s and 80s.
In the fall of 2019, CTC settled all of the cases against them out of court. A few of the former litigants have been working with them to ensure that they hold to the reparations they agreed to do in order for the alumni community to find healing. To learn more about the status of the reparations list click here
One of the reparations requested of CTC was $500,000 seed money to create a survivors fund for other alumni who were harmed. A new nonprofit called CTA Wellness was established to hold and administer the fund. Visit CTAWellness.org for more information.
If you would like to learn more about the legal journey with CTC, please click on the links below.