Throughout a latest video interview, Martin stated he didn’t know why he was dismissed. “The board knowledgeable me that I used to be being launched from my inventive director contract at Victory Gardens with trigger,” he stated, studying from a press release he later posted on his private web site. “I requested twice within the assembly what was the trigger and was not given any.”
He stated he was requested to signal a nondisclosure settlement and quit all claims on future lawsuits. “I’m declining the supply,” he stated. “It’s vitally necessary that I be capable to converse in truth concerning the wants of the artists and employees.”
His removing was seen by his supporters as a betrayal, following what some noticed as a scarcity of help for Martin and Conner. Victory Gardens has been with out an government director, the highest job on the theater, since 2020, and although a search committee finally interviewed candidates, the put up stays vacant.
“As someone who has labored within the nonprofit sector for a very long time and had a reasonably close-up view of the relationships between boards and management and staffing buildings, it appeared like operationally there have been numerous holes, and Ken-Matt and Roxanna had been being relied on to plug all of them,” stated Marisa Carr, whom Martin invited to hitch the playwrights’ ensemble in June 2021 and who resigned a 12 months later. She cited creating the working funds (a process an government director would probably be concerned in) and even cleansing the theater as duties that fell on their shoulders.
Martin took the reins at Victory Gardens throughout the pandemic, and at a time when newly shaped teams like “We See You, White American Theater,” a nationwide coalition of theater artists, had been demanding that antiracism and important hiring of individuals of shade develop into the trade customary. Martin supported such efforts, pushing for a pay fairness plan at Victory Gardens.
Simply over a 12 months later he has now joined a bunch of Black inventive leaders just lately separated from the establishments they’d been employed to guide. Elsewhere in Chicago, the Home Theater closed its doorways this summer season after its new inventive director, Lanise Antoine Shelley, had offered simply two reveals; Jon Carr, the Second Metropolis government producer, left his place in February after 14 months; and Regina Victor, inventive director of Sideshow Theater, resigned on July 20.