City of Carlsbad Appoints Richard L. Schultz as Cultural Arts Manager
The City of Carlsbad Library & Cultural Arts Department has selected Richard L. Schultz as Cultural Arts Manager, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on February 1, 2017.
Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Schultz has served as an arts administrator, stage director, and playwright. Prior to joining the City of Carlsbad Library & Cultural Arts Department, he co-founded and served as the Director of Arts for the Arizona Conservatory for Arts & Academics, a performing arts charter school for grades 6 through 12. He also worked at the Maricopa Community College District from 2005 to 2008 and again in 2011. During his tenure, his responsibilities included managing the Center for the Performing Arts at Paradise Valley Community College and the Downtown Phoenix campus for Rio Salado College.
As a theater professional, Mr. Schultz’s directing credits included productions at the Herberger Theatre Center, Theater Works, and the Tempe Center for the Arts. 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. Mr. Schultz has also covered the arts and cultural scene in Arizona as a writer for Echo Magazine, a statewide monthly publication. Mr. Schultz began his career in Chicago, where he founded Theatre Eclectic, a professional theater 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, Arizona. Mr. Schultz is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and holds a master of fine arts in theatre from Illinois State University
“Joining the City of Carlsbad team is the realization of a dream for me,” said Mr. Schultz. “I feel so thrilled to find the ideal forum combining my passion for the arts with my diverse experience as an arts administrator and entrepreneur. It has been a wonderful transition, starting with the exceptional support Arts Consulting Group provided me throughout the search process.”
“ACG congratulates Richard Schultz on joining the outstanding, devoted, and passionate Cultural Arts team with the City of Carlsbad,” said ACG Vice President Shawn D. Ingram. “His diverse background in arts management and his innate desire to connect people and art make him an ideal fit for this role. We are excited to see how Mr. Schultz will enhance an already excellent program in the beautiful City of Carlsbad.”