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Press Release: Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio Applications


Interviews Will Take Place April 7 – 8


SAN DIEGO (January 31, 2017)—As part of The Old Globe’s ongoing commitment to programs that serve all of San Diego County, the theatre announced today that on Saturday, February 4, applications will become available online for the Globe’s 2017 Summer Shakespeare Studio for high school students—now named the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio. The applications, which will be accepted through April 1, will be accessible on February 4 at www.TheOldGlobe.org/studio-application. The four-week program is a unique opportunity for rising 9th – 12th graders and recent graduates not only to develop foundational skills for reading, interpreting, and performing Shakespeare’s plays, but also to cultivate their own artistic voice through storytelling and creating original material inspired by deep, personal connections to Shakespeare.

Through a month-long process, students receive an intensive curriculum of acting, movement, music, and writing classes as well as training in voice and speech, stage combat, and text. Master classes are offered with Globe artists and staff, many of whom are among the leaders in their fields. These instructors seek to deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writing and to use his work as a model for engaging the students with their own experiences. The Studio also incorporates non-Shakespearean material, such as modern music, original texts, and the participants’ own freewrites, in which the group brainstorms topics essential to the story, then breaks out to discover different ways to express them.

The Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio will run Monday – Friday, July 17 – August 14, and will culminate in a public performance on Monday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. This unique performance combines Shakespeare’s words, today’s popular songs, and original material generated by the Studio’s company. Through language, music, movement, and puppetry, the ensemble members create an exploration of Shakespeare for the audience.

Tuition for the four weeks is $725; however, the Studio admits students without regard to their ability to pay, and financial aid is available for all students with demonstrated need. All scholarship students will also receive a bus pass to help with transporation. Interviews will be scheduled for Friday, April 7, or Saturday, April 8. For more information on the program and how to apply, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/studio-application or email Studio@TheOldGlobe.org.

Pam Farr and Buford Alexander are providing a generous sustaining gift to The Old Globe and have named the Summer Shakespeare Studio in honor of Farr and her participation in numerous Globe programs when she was a teenager. Her fondest memories are of her participation in the then Summer Shakespeare Repertory Festival. Farr currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Old Globe.

The Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio is also sponsored, in part, by Qualcomm.

The mission of Arts Engagement at The Old Globe is to make theatre matter to more people and to strengthen the connections between the institution and its neighbors. The Globe’s Department of Arts Engagement was created to share with individuals and families a chance to experience theatre, perhaps even for the first time. Their work opens new doors to creativity through theatre-based activities that encourage direct participation in art-making and that engage San Diegans with every level of the institution. The Arts Engagement team strives to make the Globe truly accessible to its neighbors through a combination of new and existing programs that are innovative, participatory, and multigenerational. Arts Engagement creates new bonds of community and deepens existing ones.

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Through a special arrangement with the San Diego Zoo, Old Globe evening ticket-holders have the opportunity to pre-purchase valet parking in the Zoo's new employee parking structure. With a drop-off point just a short walk to the Globe, theatregoers may purchase fast, easy, convenient valet parking for just $20 per vehicle per evening. Pre-paid only, available only by phone through the Old Globe Box Office. Call Today: (619) 234-5623. For more information: http://www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/parkingvalet.aspx.

There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances, located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.

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2017 CALENDAR: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2/4-3/12), The Blameless (2/23-3/26), Red Velvet (3/25-4/30), Skeleton Crew (4/8-5/7), The Old Man and The Old Moon (5/13-6/18), The Imaginary Invalid (5/27-6/25), King Richard II (6/11-7/15), Guys and Dolls (7/2-8/13), Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! (7/22-8/27), Hamlet (8/6-9/10)

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The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-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 theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,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 on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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