The Institut del Teatre withdraws Joan Ollé from classes and opens an investigation into the alleged abuses. A concentration of students at the gates of the center calls for the resignation of the director, Magda Puyo.
The Governing Board of the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, meeting this morning urgently, has decided that the theater director and teacher of the Joan Ollé center stop teaching and has opened an investigation into the alleged cases of abuse reported to the newspaper Ara by female students and former students that involve Ollé and other teachers .
The Institut del Teatre will investigate the alleged abuses
This same Monday morning, students of the Institute have gathered at the doors of the center to protest the inaction of those responsible in the case and have requested the resignation of the director, Magda Puyo. Puyo herself has announced the measure to withdraw Ollé from classes and the internal investigation, and has admitted that “things may not have been done well.”
The complaints of the students collected by the newspaper, which does not offer their surnames, have not yet been presented to any official body or to the bodies that the Institut del Teatre has available for cases of abuse. Joan Ollé has limited himself to saying that he does not answer anonymous complaints. The accusations are for alleged sexual harassment and abuse of power.
The Association of Professional Actors and Directors of Catalonia (AADPC) has advocated for “purging responsibilities” and has stressed that “it is not admissible, in any case and under any circumstances, to take advantage of a position of power before students or future professionals who, in many cases, they will feel admiration for their teachers ”.
For its part, the Department of Culture of the Generalitat has “strongly” condemned the cases of alleged sexual harassment and abuse of power that some teachers allegedly perpetrated at the Institut del Teatre, “such as the artistic director Joan Ollé and, to different degrees, the retired teachers Jorge Vera and Berty Tovías ”.
Culture has lamented the events, which are “especially serious in the fields of education and culture, both inseparable from the transmission of values and personal growth as tools for social transformation.”