SAN DIEGO: The Old Globe has named Timothy J. Shields the company’s new managing director. Shields, who currently serves as managing director of McCarter Theatre Center, will begin his new position in October. He will work together with artistic director Barry Edelstein.
“I am thrilled that Tim Shields will come to San Diego to partner with Barry Edelstein in leading the Old Globe in making theatre matter to more people,” said board chair Vicki L. Zeiger in a statement. “With his experience leading nationally respected theatres and serving as president of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Tim has a deep understanding of what it takes to run a successful, thriving theatre.”
Shields has served as McCarter Theatre Center’s managing director since 2009. He also served as the business manager and general manager at McCarter, beginning in 1983. Previously he was managing director at Milwaukee Repertory Theater for 10 years, and managing director at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, N.Y., for six years. He also held administrative positions at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and the Denver Center Theatre.
Shields is the immediate past president of the League of Resident Theatres, and was the board chair for ArtPride NJ. He has served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group, Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Board, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and Theatre Wisconsin. He has also been a panelist, panel chair, and on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a B.F.A. in Drama Production from Carnegie Mellon University in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
“I couldn’t be more deeply honored to be named the Old Globe’s new managing director,” said Shields in a statement. “I feel extraordinarily privileged to join an institution with the stellar reputation that the Globe has, and I relish the opportunity to partner with artistic director Barry Edelstein to continue building the Globe’s reputation for artistic excellence and community impact. I’m tickled pink at the thought of beginning that work when I join the Globe’s staff in October.”