ATLANTA: The board of Dad’s Garage has selected Tim Stoltenberg as the company’s interim artistic director. The decision comes after the announcement of Jon Carr‘s upcoming departure to serve as executive producer of Second City in Chicago. Dad’s Garage plans to start the search for a new artistic director in early 2021.
“As soon as we heard about Jon’s exciting new role, the entire board thought of Tim Stoltenberg for interim,” said board chair Derin Dickerson in a statement. “His history with the organization, coupled with his expertise at creating new programs, is exactly what we need at this critical moment in the organization’s history.”
Stoltenberg is originally from Wisconsin and currently resides in Los Angeles, where he has been riding out COVID as a woodworker. A graduate of St. Norbert College (’01), Stoltenberg went on to tour with the Academy Theatre in Atlanta. While in Atlanta, he worked with the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Alliance, Laughing Matters, Agatha’s Dinner Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Jewish Theatre of the South, and Dad’s Garage Theatre. At Dad’s, he was the improv director for four years, and in that capacity he wrote original plays, created improv formats, and taught improv classes and corporate training workshops. Stoltenberg toured with Second City and appeared in other theatrical productions and co-productions with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Goodman Theatre. In Chicago, he taught improv at Second City and performed with numerous improv groups at iO Theatre. Since moving to L.A., he continued to teach and perform at Second City Hollywood, hosted open mic nights, and co-created a commercial improv workshop with Lawless Casting. He has been seen in commercials for Southwest Airlines, Comcast, and Dollar Shave Club.
“As a performer and teacher, I’m always thinking about how I can impact those around me,” said Stoltenberg in a statement. “Being able to step into this interim role allows me to deepen that impact with a theatre I love very much. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect during the pandemic, and I’m excited to get to work with some new ideas and perspectives.”
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