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Press Release



SAN DIEGO (July 28, 2009)—The Old Globe’s second annual Summer Shakespeare Intensive for Teens began on July 20 and will conclude on August 17 at 8:00 p.m. with a performance of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre.  The play will be performed in English with scenes in Spanish and American Sign Language.  The performance will also be interpreted in sign language for the deaf and hard of hearing.  The Intensive is a classical acting program designed to provide an opportunity for committed high school students to refine their acting skills through a full-time, four-week course culminating in a performance on the Globe’s outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre stage.  Tickets are $9 for children and $12 for adults and are available online at, by calling (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Globe Box Office in Balboa Park.
“The Old Globe Shakespeare Intensive offers an exciting opportunity for high school students to take part in a challenging theater program taught by professionals in the field, while exploring classic themes from plays of the Globe’s Shakespeare Festival,” said Executive Producer Lou Spisto.  “We are also thrilled to be able to offer full scholarships to every student, made possible by the Globe’s generous education sponsors, guaranteeing that all of the students can participate.  This program is one of the many offerings that make up the Globe’s strong commitment to education and outreach to young people in the San Diego area.”
“By performing Shakespeare’s work in English and in Spanish, students can learn to embrace our community’s rich cultural heritage while learning about the Bard’s work, drawing on the Globe’s tremendous resources and reputation for classical theater,” added Education Director Roberta Wells-Famula.
The Summer Shakespeare Intensive is a rigorous acting program for students in grades 9 through 12 and provides over 100 hours of training over the course of the program.  The participants study classical theater technique, voice, movement, stage combat and more while rehearsing for a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) production of a Shakespeare play.
This Intensive provides an opportunity for serious students to explore the craft of acting with talented and well-trained mentors, and to prepare themselves for college or the professional theater world.  Program instructors include University of San Diego/The Old Globe Master of Fine Arts students, professional actors currently performing in the theater’s productions, and members of the Globe’s professional technical staff.
United Scholar Academy, Mater Dei High (Chula Vista), Preuss School (La Jolla), Monte Vista High (Spring Valley), San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts (Paradise Hills), Scripps Ranch High (Scripps Ranch), Pacific Ridge School (Carlsbad), Frances Parker (San Diego), Clairemont High (Clairemont), San Dieguito Academy (Encinitas), Westview High (Rancho Penasquitos), Canyon Crest Academy (Carmel Valley), Classical Academy High (Escondido), Lincoln High (National City), Junipero Serra High (Gardena), Point Loma High (Point Loma), River Springs Charter (Temecula) and Rancho Bernardo High (Rancho Bernardo).
The Old Globe’s Education and Outreach Programs are supported by: Donald and Darlene Shiley, The James Irvine Foundation, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, Mary Ann Blair, Bank of America, QUALCOMM, The Shubert Foundation, Wells Fargo, HM Electronics, Mickey Stern, American Express, Anonymous, California Bank & Trust, San Diego Foundation, Union Bank of California, American Airlines, U.S. Bank, Sempra Energy, Torrey Pines Bank, Peter Cooper and Norman Blachford, The County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program, National Endowment for the Arts, ResMed Foundation, the Mr. Isaac C. Malamud and Mrs. Agustina R. Malamud Endowment, The San Diego Foundation’s Weingart-Price Fund, Starbucks Coffee Company, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, National Corporate Theatre Fund, Samuel I. and Henry Fox Foundation, John and Marcia Price Family Foundation, Ric Torres, WD-40, Nordstrom, Cushman Family Foundation and Globe Guilders.
LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit
CALENDAR:  Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, Cyrano de Bergerac and Coriolanus (in repertory thru 9/27), Summer Shakespeare Intensive’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre (08/17), Sammy (9/17-11/1), The Savannah Disputation (9/26-11/1), Whisper House (1/13-2/21).
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 74 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium (an interim second stage during construction of the new 280-seat Conrad Prebys Theatre Center) and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education programs and outreach services.  Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theaters across the country.