UPDATE: 1:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2: This news just came from Jubilee Theatre:
Fort Worth, TX – Jubilee Theatre’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee, in emergency session on Sunday, February 1, 2015 placed Artistic Director Tre Garrett on paid administrative leave - effective immediately, pending further developments.
Jubilee Theatre has an excellent administrative staff in place, led by Managing Director Glenda Thompson. During this interim period, Ms. Thompson has also been appointed to manager of normal operations of the skilled artistic staff as well.
Performances of the current production- In Real Life continue through March 1. The next production, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, will be directed by Akiń Babatundé and runs April 3 through May 3, 2015.
Mr. Garrett has been the Artistic Director for Jubilee Theatre since end of the 2011-2012 Season, and has not shown any indication that he would participate in the type of behavior he is accused of. He has done excellent work during his tenure.
Jubilee Theatre has begun its own internal investigation and will take further action as warranted. Outside legal counsel will also be hired to help with this process. Jubilee Theatre strongly believes that Mr. Garrett’s alleged actions are not a reflection of Jubilee Theatre, which has been in operation for 34 years with an ongoing excellent reputation.
Original post: 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30:
Jubilee Theatre Artistic Director Declois Garrett Beacham, professionally known as Tre Garrett, was arrested today, accused of soliciting underage boys for sexual favors. Garrett surrendered at the Tarrant County Jail and was released on bail after arranging a "walkthrough."
According to the Star-Telegram, his attorney, Pat Curran, maintains his innocence.
The Fort Worth Police Department report says "there's no indication...he victimized any child within the scope of his employment."
A theater spokesperson released this statement from the Board of Trustees:
I only know what I’ve seen and heard in the news and cannot make any comment on the allegations against Tre Garrett. I have known Tre for five years and have not seen any indication he would participate in the kind of behavior he is accused of. He is a very talented individual and has done excellent work at Jubilee and other theaters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We will have to wait to see how the situation unfolds.
The theater was to begin the first preview of Charlayne Woodard's In Real Life tonight—the third play in a trilogy that Jubilee has produced in the last few seasons. Garrett directed all three installments.
Garrett, 33, was hired as Artistic Director of Jubilee in the fall of 2010, following previous artistic director Ed Smith, who resigned earlier that year. Smith was hired in 2005 after the untimely 2004 death of Jubilee co-founder Rudy Eastman. Garrett's résumé includes working for Disney and serving as assistant director on the 2005 Broadway revival of Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington.
In 2013, Garrett directed A Raisin in the Sun at Dallas Theater Center, and has worked with the Ensemble Theater in his hometown of Houston, and various regional theaters.
Garrett greatly increased the artistic level of drama at Jubilee, beginning with the first show he directed there, a searing production of Suzan-Lori Park's Topdog/Underdog. 2014 was a banner year for Garrett; his September 2014 staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size was named my favorite theater production of the year. in both TheaterJones and the Star-Telegram. His 2014 productions of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop and August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom were also critically well received. Garrett was named one of TheaterJones' Forward Thinkers in our ongoing series profiling the local movers and shakers in the performing arts.
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