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Tim Stoltenberg
Tim Stoltenberg (far left, at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival) is the new interim artistic director at Dad's Garage Theatre Company. (Photo by Lindsay Williams)

Breaking: Dad’s Garage names old friend Tim Stoltenberg as interim artistic director

Barely a week has passed since Dad’s Garage Theatre Company announced that artistic director Jon Carr was leaving to work with The Second City. Today, the company introduced Tim Stoltenberg, a Dad’s alum, as interim artistic director. He began work Monday.

Tim Stoltenberg
Tim Stoltenberg

Stoltenberg is based in Los Angeles but has been doing woodworking in his home state of Wisconsin during COVID-19. While in Atlanta, he performed with the Academy Theatre, Agatha’s A Taste of Mystery, the Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jewish Theatre of the South, Laughing Matters and Synchronicity Theatre.

In addition to doing improv at Dad’s, Stoltenberg was improv director for four years, wrote original plays, created improv formats, and taught improv classes and corporate training workshops.

After leaving Dad’s Garage in 2009, he moved to Chicago, where he toured and taught improv with The Second City. Through Second City, he also worked with Chicago’s iO and Goodman theaters and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Since moving to Los Angeles, he’s taught and performed at The Second City Hollywood, hosted open–mic nights and cocreated a commercial improv workshop. He’s a regular on the improv and comedy festival circuit (Amsterdam, Burbank, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Sweden, among others. He has been seen in commercials forAt&T, Comcast, Dollar Shave Club, Southwest Airlines and T-Mobile.

“As a performer and teacher, I’m always thinking about how I can impact those around me,” Stoltenberg said in a statement. “Being able to step into this interim role allows me to deepen that impact with a theater 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.”

Carr’s last day at Dad’s is December 15. The board plans to start the search for a new artistic director in early 2021.


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