Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director
Old Globe Artistic Director
Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (Director) is a stage director, producer, author, and educator.
Widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the works of Shakespeare in the United States, he
has directed nearly half of the Bard's works.
Before his appointment as Artistic Director of The Old Globe, Barry was most recently the Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at New York City's Public Theater.
In this capacity he
oversaw all of the company's Shakespearean productions, including its famous Shakespeare in the Park series in Central Park, as well as The Public's extensive educational, community outreach and artist-training programs.
was Associate Producer of The Public's recent Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.
Other productions he
supervised there were As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well directed by Daniel Sullivan, King Lear with Sam Waterston and Bill Irwin, Measure for Measure directed by David Esbjornson, The Winter's Tale directed by Michael Greif, Twelfth Night with Anne Hathaway, Othello with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hamlet with Michael Stuhlbarg.
supervised the addition of Shakespeare to The Public's Public LAB small-scale producing series with his
own production of Timon of Athens with Richard Thomas in the title role, and he
supervised Love's Labour's Lost, Titus Andronicus and the upcoming Troilus and Cressida in that series.
launched The Public's
Mobile Unit tour to prisons, homeless shelters and other underserved audiences with Measure for Measure and
Richard III . This body of work led NPR to call Barry
"one of the country's leading Shakespeareans."
(from left) Daniel Oreskes, Ron Rifkin and Noah Robbins in The Twenty-Seventh Man, directed by Barry Edelstein
at The Public Theater
Alessandro Nivola and Gwyneth Paltrow in As You Like It, directed by Barry Edelstein at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Director Barry Edelstein (right) with John Turturro at a workshop of Richard III at Classic Stage Company.
Barry has taught at The Juilliard School, New York University's Graduate Acting Program, Yale School of Drama and University of Southern California.
has lectured on theatre around the USA and the world and has written on the subject for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic and American Theatre
He is a graduate of Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
wife, Hilit, have two children, Tillirose and August.
Director Barry Edelstein (left) with Steve Martin during rehearsal for Martin's Wasp and Other Plays at New York Stage & Film.
(from left) Mary Lou Rosato and Uma Thurman in The Misanthrope, directed by Barry Edelstein at Classic Stage Company.
The cast of Ferdinand Bruckner's Race, directed by Barry Edelstein
, at Classic Stage Company
(from left) Chris McKinney, Richard Thomas, Mark Nelson, Cary Donaldson and Max Casella in Timon of Athens, directed by Barry Edelstein
, at The Public Theater