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Two New Faces at the Festival

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is excited to announce the hiring of two new professional artists and educators to join its administrative staff. Clare Campbell has joined the Festival as its new creative director, and Stewart Shelley will be joining the staff April 15 as the education programs manager.

Campbell has been working at the Festival as a part-time graphic designer for nearly five years, and the Festival is happy to have her move into this full-time position of creative director where she now oversees the graphic look of the Festival in all its printed and digital advertising, brochures, signage, etc.

She grew up a Navy family, living in many parts of the United States, spending the longest time in San Diego, California. She attended Southern Utah University and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree with a graphic design emphasis. While at SUU she served in student government and as Miss Native American SUU, working with the Native American Student Association. She loves being outdoors; following a myriad of sports, teams, and organizations; getting lost in museums; and spending time with family. 

“I have worked on a wide sphere in the design world, including web-based module training, many freelance print/marketing/merchandise projects, marketing and managing tongue-in-cheek sales campaigns for goofy, viral companies, and then making a complete 180 leap into the world of theatre, sophistication, and fun!” Campbell said. “I am looking forward to many more years at the Festival in the role of creative director.”

As the new education programs manager, Shelley will work directly with Education Director Michael Bahr and provide operational support for all the Festival’s educational programming.

Shelley’s interest in theatre began in fifth grade when was cast as Kurt in his elementary school production of The Sound of Music. That experience during his formative years galvanized a lifetime in theatre and education. He earned a bachelors degree in theatre arts education from Brigham Young University, and a masters in education administration from Grand Canyon University. Stewart spent fourteen wonderful years as a high school theatre teacher, before making a big move with his family to the Caribbean, to teach at a private school on the island of St. Croix. Two category 5 hurricanes and a pandemic later Stewart and family moved to Netarts, Oregon to continue a career in theatre education. 

“Being a part of the Utah Shakespeare Festival is a homecoming of sorts for me,” said Shelley. “As a young high school student I participated in the annual Shakespeare Competition every year, and then as a teacher I brought students to the Festival/competition each year. To now be on the other side helping provide learning opportunities and educational experiences is such a joy!”

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