Barry Edelstein has been appointed the new artistic director of The Old Globe in San Diego. A nationally-recognized director, producer, author and educator, Edelstein will work together with managing director Michael G. Murphy to lead San Diego’s flagship arts institution. Currently the director of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative in New York City, Edelstein will assume the artistic directorship of The Old Globe on Nov. 1 and will reside full-time in San Diego in January 2013.
Edelstein is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the works of William Shakespeare in the United States, having directed nearly half of the Bard’s works. He is the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions and Thinking Shakespeare, which New York magazine called “a must-read for actors” and is now considered the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. As director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater, he oversees all of the company’s Shakespearean productions, as well as The Public’s extensive educational, community outreach and artist-training programs. He was associate producer of The Public’s recent Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.
Congratulations to Mr. Edelstein and The Old Globe on the announcement. We look forward to seeing his influence in The Old Globe’s upcoming season and heartily welcome him to Southern California. www.theoldglobe.com