The Old Globe Community Voices

The Old Globe is launching 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.  Community Voices is the centerpiece of The Old Globe Residency Project, an artistic initiative offering three avenues of engagement for underserved communities.  Funded by a two-year, $500,000 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 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 introduces non-traditional audiences to theater arts and supports a dynamic creative process for individuals who have not had opportunities to envision themselves as artists.  Participants explore avenues of theatrical expression and collaboration through their individual and shared experiences and acquire the tools to create their own art upon completion of the Community Voices program.  Taught by an Old Globe Teaching Artist, the workshops are comprised of eight sessions each and emphasize building skills in playwriting and performance, and they result in the writing, rehearsing and presentation of 10-minute plays.  The program also provides mentoring opportunities with members of the Globe community and free admittance to Old Globe productions.  The sessions conclude with a public performance by the participants with professional actors in Hattox Hall in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Upon completion of the program, all Community Voices participants receive a $300 stipend.  Adults 21 years and older in San Diego County are welcome to register for one of the eight-class sessions.



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The participants of The Old Globe Community Voices, whose 10-minute plays were performed by professional actors at The Old Globe on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Photo by Doug Gates.
The participants of The Old Globe Community Voices watch their 10-minute plays performed by professional actors at The Old Globe on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Photo by Doug Gates.
Actors perform the ten 10-minute plays written by participants of The Old Globe Community Voices, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Photo by Doug Gates.

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Actors perform the ten 10-minute plays written by participants of The Old Globe Community Voices, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Photo by Doug Gates.
Actors rehearse to present the ten 10-minute plays written by participants of The Old Globe Community Voices, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Photo by Doug Gates.
The participants of The Old Globe Community Voices watch their 10-minute plays performed by professional actors at The Old Globe on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Photo by Doug Gates.

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Community members at the launch dinner for The Old Globe Community Voices on Sept. 12, 2012. Photo by Jeffrey Weiser.
Teaching artist Katherine Harroff (center) with community members at the launch dinner for The Old Globe Community Voices on Sept. 12, 2012. Photo by Jeffrey Weiser.
Community members at the launch dinner for The Old Globe Community Voices on Sept. 12, 2012. Photo by Jeffrey Weiser.