New Yorker takes reins at San Diego theater

The Old Globe, the San Diego legit regional, has tapped Barry Edelstein as its new artistic director, filling a slot that was vacated last year by former chief exec and exec producer Louis G. Spisto.

Edelstein is currently the director of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative, overseeing the Off Broadway company’s Bard productions as well as the org’s initiatives in education, audience outreach and artist training. He also was associate producer of the 2010 Broadway staging of “The Merchant of Venice,” the Al Pacino topliner that originated as part of the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park programming.

He’s currently directing the upcoming Public production of “The Twenty-Seventh Man” by Nathan Englander. The world preem begins previews Nov. 7.

Prior to his gig at the Public, Edelstein was a.d. of Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Company.

At the Old Globe, Edelstein will work with managing director Michael G. Murphy. He officially takes the mantle Nov. 1, with his full-time residence in San Diego starting next year.

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