Barry Edelstein Appointed Artistic Director of The Old Globe

The Board of Directors of The Old Globe today announced the appointment of Barry Edelstein as Artistic Director. 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. Both Edelstein and Murphy will report jointly to the Board of Directors. 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.

"Barry Edelstein and Michael Murphy will give The Old Globe a world-class theatrical leadership team and open up a future for the Globe that's even brighter than its illustrious heritage," said Board Chair Harold W. Fuson Jr. "Barry will be a terrific asset to San Diego, helping secure the city's cultural reputation in the same way our universities make San Diego the center of cutting-edge research. Everyone associated with the Globe owes a great debt of gratitude to Elaine Darwin and the Search Committee for bringing us a leader of Barry's stature."

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.

Prior to his work with The Public, Edelstein was the Artistic Director of the Classic Stage Company in New York City. There Edelstein produced and directed some of New York's most memorable classical productions. Under his leadership, the Off Broadway theater doubled in size and was recognized with every major theater award, including six Obie Awards and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

Edelstein's Shakespearean directorial credits include productions of The Winter's Tale with David Strathairn, Timon of Athens with Richard Thomas, As You Like It with Gwyneth Paltrow, Julius Caesar with Jeffrey Wright and The Merchant of Venice featuring Ron Leibman's Obie Award-winning performance as Shylock. His additional credits include the Lucille Lortel Award-winning revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons; the world premiere of Steve Martin's The Underpants, which he commissioned; Ben Jonson's The Alchemist; and Molière's The Misanthrope, starring Uma Thurman in her stage debut. He is currently rehearsing the world premiere of The Twenty-Seventh Man by renowned fiction writer Nathan Englander, which he developed with the author and which will begin performances at The Public Theater on Nov. 7.

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