Note: As the clouds moved across the sun outside the window in Sheila LIvingston's office, the light around the video camera changed in ways too quick and subtle to notice while we were listening to Sheila's stories. In other words, the the second half of the video has some odd lighting effects. We thought the interview was worth posting anyway; we hope that they don't distract you from what she is saying. (Feel free to see them as dramatic theatrical choices if it helps you enjoy them more.)
Sheila Livingston has been associated with the Guthrie Theater since its earliest days in 1961 when she joined Stagehands, the Guthrie’s volunteer organization, serving as president in 1969-1970. She officially joined the Guthrie staff in 1971 and established the Student Resource Center, developing the Symposia, Open House Tour Programs, and numerous educational programs that continue today. Over the years, she has served as the Guthrie’s Audience Services Director, Public Relations Director, and the staff liaison with the Artist Relations Committee of the Board of Directors. In May 1988, Sheila was appointed the Guthrie’s first Education Coordinator. She developed several highly successful educational programs including: the Summer Theater Conference, the Global Voices series and the In Conversation series. Sheila has served on many arts organization boards, including the Playwrights’ Center, Minnesota Jewish Theatre and Project SUCCESS.