Tim Carroll has been named the next Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival. As Artistic Director Designate, Carroll will work with current Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell during the 2016 season to familiarize himself with the complex workings of The Shaw and plan his first season.
A renowned theatre and opera director with international credits, Carroll has 25 years of experience, having begun his career with the English Shakespeare Company in 1990 before becoming the Associate Director at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.
Carroll's extensive opera experience includes seven years as the Artistic Director of Kent Opera and acclaimed productions of Benjamin Britten's The Prodigal Son and Handel's Acis and Galatea.
While the Associate Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, Carroll's productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III enjoyed record-breaking runs in London's West End and a Tony Award-winning visit to Broadway.
Carroll is a founding member of the experimental theatre group The Factory in London where he directed acclaimed productions of Hamlet, The Seagull, and The Odyssey. His work has been seen in theatres all over the world, including the Lincoln Center in New York, Sydney Opera House, and Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. He has directed many productions in Hungary, and for the National Theatres of Norway, Romania and Portugal. Carroll's work has also graced Canadian stages with several productions at the Stratford Festival, most recently King John, which also appeared on movie screens around the world. This fall Carroll will direct Ben Hur at the Tricycle Theatre in London.
In addition to his experience as an accomplished director, Carroll brings a wealth of knowledge in artist development having taught master classes at conservatories internationally. He officially takes the helm of the Shaw Festival on December 1, 2016 at the start of the 2017 season.
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