Michael Halberstam, Writers Theatre AD, Accused of Sexual Harassment

In a long Twitter thread, a former intern at Glencoe's celebrated Writers Theatre alleges that Artistic Director Michael Halberstam repeatedly sexually harassed him in 2003.

Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL.

A former intern at Writers Theatre, a well-respected 25-year-old company just outside of Chicago, has alleged on Twitter that in 2003 he experienced repeated sexual harassment from its co-founder, Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, in the context of a production.

On Nov. 2, in a thread of 16 tweets, Tom Robson, now a director and associate professor at Millikin University, describes his experiences with Halberstam, which took place during Robson’s time as the assistant director and dramaturg for Writers Theatre’s production of Crime and Punishment.

Located in Glencoe, IL, in a new facility opened in 2016, Writers Theatre holds a national reputation as one of the largest, most acclaimed regional theaters in the Chicago area.

In 2016, The Wall Street Journal declared it “Company of the Year” as well as “the best regional drama company in America.” An award-winning director and occasional actor, Halberstam has served as Writers Theatre’s artistic director since the company was founded in 1992.

When reached by email, Robson told The Clyde Fitch Report that he had no further comment on his claim. Writers Theatre has yet to release an official statement, but Cathy Taylor, a spokesperson for the organization, told the CFR on Nov. 4 that Writers Theatre’s board is taking Robson’s allegation very seriously and is doing their best to investigate it.

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