Guild Hall Announces New Director of Performing Arts

By David Salazar

Guild Hall has announced its new Director of Performing Arts.

Following a year-long search, the company has selected Nick Schwartz-Hall to the new position. He will kick off his tenure in April 2023.

“I am very grateful to join such an accomplished team and supportive board in a place with a remarkable legacy of creativity and deep and meaningful relationships with the surrounding community,” Schwartz-Hall said in an official press statement. “I have been struck repeatedly by how people speak about Guild Hall’s importance and impact on their lives… Now with the prospect of reopening our historic and newly renovated venue, with galleries, a state-of-the-art theater, and spaces for learning and gathering, we have the creative opportunity and challenge of opening our doors as widely as possible.”

Schwartz-Hall is the recipient of the 2019 and 2021 LA Regional Emmy Awards as well as numerous Telly Awards for LA County Annual Holiday Celebration at The Music Center. He has also worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as the Si Cuba! Festival, RadioLoveFest, and Music Voices: Arts and Ideas Festival, among others.

“Nick is a rare find with an astounding breadth of professional accomplishments and versatility in genres,” added  Guild Hall Executive Director Andrea Grover. “But what Nick and the search committee most connected on was a deep love for artists and a belief that art helps us become better neighbors and global citizens. As Nick says, ‘The arts provide us with ways to speak with each other about our common humanity, share values and perspectives, and uphold creativity and innovation in our communities. And, to enjoy ourselves together.”