The City of Carlsbad has selected Richard L. Schultz to serve in the position of Cultural Arts Manager with the Library & Cultural Arts Department. He joined the city on Jan. 31, after relocating to Carlsbad from the Phoenix area. Schultz has a Master of Fine Arts in theatre from Illinois State University and in his career has served as an arts administrator, stage director and playwright.
Schultz started his career in metro Chicago, where he founded Theatre Eclectic, a professional theatre ensemble. While with Theatre Eclectic, he wrote and directed the original comedy, Patsy’s Bridal Shower, which initially ran in Chicago for five years and enjoyed an extended run at the Broadway Palm Theatre in Mesa, AZ years later when he relocated to the Phoenix area.
In Phoenix, Schultz co-founded and served as the director of arts for the Arizona Conservatory for Arts & Academics, a performing arts charter school for grades 6-12. He worked at the Maricopa Community College District from 2005-2008 and then returned to work there in 2011. His responsibilities with the district included managing the Center for the Performing Arts at Paradise Valley Community College and the Downtown Phoenix campus for Rio Salado College.
Schultz’s directing credits in Phoenix included productions at the Herberger Theatre Center, Theater Works and the Tempe Center for the Arts. He is also covered the arts and cultural scene in Arizona as a writer for Echo Magazine, a state-wide monthly publication. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University, a guest artist at the College of DuPage and a grants panel member for the Phoenix Arts Commission. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Schultz’s hiring as the Cultural Arts Manager follows a national executive recruitment process, which was led by the city and consultant Arts Consulting Group.