ChildersA theater director has resigned his position as executive director with the theatrical company following an investigation by Paintsville Herald staff that revealed his apparent involvement in a homosexual pornographic video.Martin Childers, formerly with Jenny Wiley Theatre, resigned Monday stating “personal reasons” for his departure.However, what appears to be Childers is featured in a “teaser” video for an online membership-based adult entertainment site in which he is shown nude with another man. The video features what appears to be Childers under the stage name “Darren Kane.”When contacted by Herald staff on Monday, Childers responded by saying “I don’t know where you got this information ... I don’t know what to say,” he said.However, Miriam Silman, president of Jenny Wiley Theatre, issued a statement on Tuesday saying, “Jenny Wiley Theatre regrets the resignation of Executive Director Martin Childers for personal reasons on September 16, 2013. Marty’s tenure as Executive Director presided over a period of tremendous growth and positive change for the theatre and we appreciate his leadership through this process.”Silman went on to say that “the board and staff of Jenny Wiley Theatre have no knowledge of any staff connection to, or involvement in, pornographic material.”The video that appears to feature Childers is a 2.06 minute “teaser” that may be viewed for free, along with a few photos. The teaser encourages viewers to purchase a membership in order to view full video footage and photos. The video appears on the website Hairyandraw.com, along with other adult entertainment websites.According to guidelines from the Jenny Wiley Theatre employee handbook, all employees of the theater are to “represent the Theatre in a positive manner at all times, in the community and at the theater.”Childers began his career with Jenny Wiley Theatre as executive director in 2000. He has spent those years ensuring the theater remains as one of the longest-running outdoor summer musical theaters in the country. Fall, winter and spring productions are held in conjunction with the Mountain Arts Center, in Prestonsburg, and in its newly acquired location in Pikeville.With a mission to “enhance the quality of life in eastern Kentucky by providing professional theater and exceptional educational opportunities in the performing arts,” Jenny Wiley Theatre is a non-profit organization and receives funding from individuals, corporations, Paintsville Tourism, Prestonsburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Pikeville, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Department of Travel.The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Jenny Wiley Theatre with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
By Paula HalmThe Paintsville Herald