Playhouse founder retires following investigation into sexual misconduct allegations

Playhouse founder retires following investigation into sexual misconduct allegations

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Circuit Playhouse founder Jackie Nichols retired Monday following an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Nichols, 70, founded The Circuit Playhouse in 1969 and spearheaded the creation of Playhouse on the Square. He served as an executive producer for Playhouse on the Square prior to his retirement.

A social media post recently accused Nichols of sexual harassment several decades ago.

Nichols denies the accusations and does not currently face any criminal charges related to them.

He voluntarily and temporarily stepped down from his board position at Circuit Playhouse in January when Playhouse announced an investigation into the allegations.

Monday, Nichols released the following statement to the Playhouse on the Square Board of Directors:

Dear Members of the Playhouse on the Square Board of Directors:

The company has named Michael Detroit the new executive producer. Detroit has been with the theatre for 20 years.

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