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Greensboro-based Triad City Beat posted its story online minutes later.
It was reported that four male alumni, then UNCG students, shared their experiences last summer during a video conference with two Triad Stage board members and an outside lawyer as part of an internal investigation.
The article did not mention when the alleged incidents occurred.
The allegations have sparked conversations among local theater officials, who saw Lane win local awards and a playwright scholarship in California to help them become an integral part of the city’s arts and culture scene.
“Preston has made a huge impact on the artistic life of our community,” said Linda Sloan, who was instrumental in founding Triad Stage. “I am very proud of everything Triad Stage has achieved over the past 20 years.”
Some members of the Board of Trustees declined to comment on the controversy. Forward questions to Chairwoman Deborah Hayes.
Hayes said in Monday’s announcement that plans to find Lane’s replacements are underway. However, the allegations of sexual abuse were not mentioned.
On Tuesday, Hayes declined to answer any further questions about Lane’s resignation.
“It is our practice not to discuss human resources issues in the media,” she said.