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Baldwin Wallace University strips theaters of names amid sexual misconduct allegations

July 30, 2018

Baldwin Wallace University strips theaters of names amid sexual misconduct allegations

BEREA, Ohio — Baldwin Wallace University on Monday stripped two campus theaters of their names after decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct emerged against their long-dead namesakes.

The university in a statement said that it received credible allegations against William Allman, a long-time Baldwin Wallace theater professor, and playwright John Patrick who visited campus during Allman’s time there. The information triggered the university to remove their names from the Allman Theatre and the John Patrick Theatre in the Kleist Center for Performing Arts.

Allman died more than a decade ago, while Patrick died in 1995.

“We are deeply sorry for any harm that may have been caused by this misconduct. No matter how much time has passed, the correct choice is to remove their names from the theatres now,” the university said in a news release.

The specific allegations against the men are unclear. The university said “the conduct in question occurred decades ago.”

Allman, was Baldwin-Wallace College drama professor who began teaching at the school in 1957. He founded the Berea Summer Theatre and managed it for 40 years.

He also was instrumental in the design and development of the school’s Kleist Center for Art & Drama, which was completed in 1972.

Many of his students went on to successful careers as actors, directors and technicians, including John-Michael Tebelak, who created “Godspell.”

The is a developing story.

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