Legal Battle Brews Following Firing Of Spokane Civic Theater Art - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Legal Battle Brews Following Firing Of Spokane Civic Theater Artistic Director

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE: Press Release From Spokane Civic Theatre

The Spokane Civic Theatre has a long history of producing top-quality productions for the Spokane community. To do so, we consistently strive to make our product the best that it can be.

At the Spokane Civic Theatre, our Board of Directors are all volunteers who are committed to acting with the interests of this community treasure in mind. The Board considers the Theatre's well being and future when making decisions about different matters. The details of Yvonne A.K. Johnson's departure are confidential and shall remain so. We are saddened that Ms. Johnson has decided to air her grievances in a public forum.

The Board is thoughtful in its review of Theatre matters. We ask that you trust that our decisions are made with our mission in mind and in furtherance of continuing to improve our organization.

As part of ongoing efforts, we have hired a former Broadway director and our construction project is ahead of schedule. The show must go on, and we hope you are a part of it.

ORIGINAL COVERAGE:

The Spokane Civic Theater continues to move forward just a week after firing the person in charge, Executive Artistic Director Yvonne Johnson. In 2005 the theater hired Johnson from a pool of 90 applicants following a national search, but now she's out of a job and it looks like a large legal battle is brewing. The board made the decision less than a week ago. On Wednesday we reached out to the Theater Board President for comment, but at this point Larry Wooley could not say anything.

KHQ Local News Reporter Alex Rozier was able to obtain Yvonne Johnson's annual review for 2012-2013. That review took place on June 10th, a little more than a month ago. It was an absolutely stellar review, which only raises more questions about why Johnson was fired. One part read quote:

"The 2012-2013 Theatrical Season for Spokane Civic Theater was again artistically and financially the most successful to date," the report said. "It is a testament to Ms. Johnson's continued leadership and talents as Executive Artistic Director."

A new Civic Theater President started July 1st, and it wasn't long before Johnson was fired by the board. The 10 member board votes and in the event of a tie the President gets the final say. We still don't know how anyone voted, we just know the end result.

Johnson had many accomplishments in her tenure in charge. Her resume says she directed Spokane Civic Theater's top four grossing award winning musicals. There was controversy, though, after she fired the Musical Director James Ryan in 2010.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • BEAUTIFUL HOMES: Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In CDA

    BEAUTIFUL HOMES: Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In CDA

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-03-25 13:20:34 GMT
    KHQ.COM - When it comes to shopping around for a house, it's always fun to dream. We did a search for some of the most expensive homes for sale right now in the Coeur d' Alene area.>>
    KHQ.COM - When it comes to shopping around for a house, it's always fun to dream. We did a search for some of the most expensive homes for sale right now in the Coeur d' Alene area.>>
  • Teen Suspended For Asking Miss America To Prom

    Teen Suspended For Asking Miss America To Prom

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:34:48 GMT
    YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.
    >>
    YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.

    >>
  • Spokane Police Respond To Shots Fired Early Saturday Morning

    Spokane Police Respond To Shots Fired Early Saturday Morning

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:46:42 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- An investigation is underway into shots fired in two separate places early Saturday morning. Police say the first shooting happened on the 1600 block of East Mission. Two armed men forced their way into an apartment and the victim tried to disarm them.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- An investigation is underway into shots fired in two separate places early Saturday morning. Police say the first shooting happened on the 1600 block of East Mission. Two armed men forced their way into an apartment and the victim tried to disarm them.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane Police Respond To Shots Fired Early Saturday Morning

    Spokane Police Respond To Shots Fired Early Saturday Morning

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:46:42 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- An investigation is underway into shots fired in two separate places early Saturday morning. Police say the first shooting happened on the 1600 block of East Mission. Two armed men forced their way into an apartment and the victim tried to disarm them.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- An investigation is underway into shots fired in two separate places early Saturday morning. Police say the first shooting happened on the 1600 block of East Mission. Two armed men forced their way into an apartment and the victim tried to disarm them.
    >>
  • 10 More Bodies Found Inside South Korean Ferry; Hundreds Still Missing

    10 More Bodies Found Inside South Korean Ferry; Hundreds Still Missing

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:00:36 GMT
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested. Yonhap says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok was detained early Saturday. The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.>>
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested. Yonhap says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok was detained early Saturday. The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.
    >>
  • Fallen Hero Banner Project Denied From Marching In Seafair Torchlight Parade

    Fallen Hero Banner Project Denied From Marching In Seafair Torchlight Parade

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:55:08 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - This year the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors men and women from Washington who have died serving our country, applied to march in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. However, the organization was denied by the parade selection committee via email saying, "the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade.">>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - This year the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors men and women from Washington who have died serving our country, applied to march in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. However, the organization was denied by the parade selection committee via email saying, "the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade.">>