The Old Globe is world-renowned for the broad range of repertoire produced on its three stages in Balboa Park and for its many productions that have been sent to Broadway. But what many San Diegans don’t realize is that the Globe’s Education Department is also busy year-round with activities that reach thousands of young people … all thanks to the generous support of Board, patrons and friends and through vital funds raised at the annual Globe Gala.
• School in the Park – funded by Price Charities – welcomes 5th, 6th and 7th graders to the Globe campus for sixteen weeks each school year, giving them a “hands-on” experience in theatre and a great introduction to Shakespeare.
• Middle-school students hone their acting, movement, stage combat and audition skills every summer in the Middle School Conservatory.
• Each spring high school students audition for the Summer Shakespeare Intensive, which offers four weeks of training and rehearsal, culminating in public performances of two Shakespeare plays.
• Elementary school teachers have the opportunity to participate in Seussabration, a set of professional development workshops, giving tools to prepare students before attending Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
• In addition to the pre-show workshops, Production Guides enhance students’ experience by providing activities and historical information connected to each play.
• Student Matinees offer free access to Globe plays and musicals for elementary, middle- and high-school students, many of whom attend Title One schools.
• The Globe invites directors, playwrights and designers to examine their own work in Audience Matters and Insights seminars.
• The Community Voices program has offered training to nearly 200 San Diegans in the past two years, resulting in 177 new 10-minute plays, all performed in staged readings at the Globe.
Additionally, special exhibits and presentations are offered, and currently showing at The Old Globe is an art exhibit in Hattox Hall featuring works created by veterans in the Combat Arts project. The exhibit supports a deeper exploration of issues raised in the Globe’s production of Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Located in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center provides a home for many of these programs, where students can learn about theatre and dramatic literature from professionals at the Globe.
These programs are available to the community thanks to loyalty of Board members, patrons and donors, who believe in the Globe’s mission and help provide an environment for the nurturing of theatre professionals, audiences and the community at large.
The Old Globe encourages all San Diegans to call (619) 231-1941 for more information about performances and programs.