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The Old Globe Community Voices

The Old Globe Community Voices presented ten 10-minute plays written by the program's participants and performed by professional actors at The Old Globe on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Photo by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz.


The Old Globe is pleased to invite community members to participate in The Old Globe Community Voices, a series of workshops dedicated to the creation and presentation of short plays by adult residents of San Diego County.

The Globe is partnering with local organizations, community theaters, the military community and faith based groups to help identify workshop participants.

Adults 21 years and older representing underserved communities are invited to participate – no experience required! Participation is free; workshops are limited to 10 people.

Workshops will be held at various community locations in San Diego County. Upon program completion, participants will receive a $300 stipend and free admission to several future Globe performances.

Participants will take part in eight playwriting sessions taught by Community Teaching Artist Katherine Harroff and will have the opportunity to see shows and interact with artists, designers and producers. Workshop topics will include: Introduction to Play Structure, Character Development, Improvisation and Dialogue, The Voice of the Playwright, Dramatic Conflict, Play Revision, Actors Performance and Final Play Preparations into Performance. The culmination of the program will be a reading of their 10-minute plays, performed by professional actors at The Old Globe.

With this new initiative, the Old Globe seeks to introduce new audiences to not only theatergoing, but also to the process of creating art and the tools to create theatrical art in their own communities.

The innovative playwriting initiative is the centerpiece of The Old Globe Residency Project, an artistic initiative offering three avenues of engagement in underserved communities. Funded by a two-year grant from The James Irvine Foundation, the Residency Project builds upon the Globe's earlier Southeastern San Diego Residency Project by expanding the definition of "community" to include groups defined by a shared experience, geography, demographics, identity, profession or other characteristics. In addition to Community Voices, The Residency Project also provides free admission to Globe productions for underserved communities and paid internships for young adults.

The Old Globe Community Voices participants from Victory Outreach Church with performers from their play readings at The Old Globe on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012. Photo by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz.


The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation's grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With $1.6 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $65 million in 2011 for the people of California.