More than 100 Broadway and stage actors, staff and workers marched in protest Thursday, calling for Scott Rudin’s full resignation and calling for additional diversity in the industry. Rudin, an award-winning film, television and theater producer, is accused of bullied and harassed employees.
“We want to expel Scott Rudin from the Broadway League,” Nattalyee Randall, co-organizer in March, told CBS New York, referring to the theater’s largest union.
Rudin stepped down from his current and upcoming Broadway and film projects, including the highly anticipated Broadway revival of “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. This comes after allegations of bullying, harassment and abuse by current and former employees, detailed in a revelation recently published in the Hollywood Reporter.
Last week, Rudin announced his decision and apologized in a statement to CBS News. “After a period of reflection, I have decided to withdraw from active participation in our Broadway productions with immediate effect. My roles are already being cast in these shows by others from the Broadway community and in some cases from the list of participants,” says it in the declaration.
“Much has been written about my history of problematic interactions with coworkers, and I am deeply sorry for the pain my behavior has caused individuals, both directly and indirectly. I am now taking steps I should have taken years ago to address this behavior . “
Nonetheless, protesters on Thursday called for Rudin to be removed as a Broadway League producer. “Scott could still be a silent partner,” said Courtney Daniels, who organized the march. “We want him banned from the Broadway League. We want him banned and put on the non-working list.”
In addition to Rudin’s removal, the march listed five additional requirements related to inclusion, safety, and visibility, such as a list of BIPOC and indigenous groups that the Actors Equity Association works with. They also called for greater involvement of transgender and non-binary artists, diversity in the National Actors’ Equality Council, accessibility for deaf and disabled artists, and a report detailing how actor contributions were spent for 2019-2020.
Those who took part in the march filled Times Square, walking down Broadway with signs and posters highlighting their screams.
“Disability advocacy doesn’t just have to be in shows about disability,” one protester told CBS New York. “We can play any role.”