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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

November 12 - November 20

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits
<p>(from left) Amara James Aja and Kevin Hafso-Koppman in <em>The Two Gentlemen of Verona</em>. Photo by Adriana Zuniga Photography.</p>
The Two Gentlemen of Verona


The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Richard Seer

Best friends Valentine and Proteus find themselves both madly in love with the same woman. Will their friendship survive? One of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is an exuberant tale of friendship, young love, and secret identities, featuring a band of outlaws, two bumbling servants, and one unforgettable dog.

A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program trains seven select students in an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theatre. Private funding for the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation.

Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.  There is one 15-minute intermission.



Cast and Creative



Robin Sanford Roberts (Scenic Design) has designed over 25 productions at The Old Globe including Alive and Well, The Price, Fiction, Bus Stop (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Blue/Orange,and Betrayal (SDTCC and Patté Awards). She also designed It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues on Broadway. She has designed for San Diego Repertory Theatre, MOXIE Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Swine Palace. Ms. Roberts holds a degree in Architecture from Louisiana State University and an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from UC San Diego. She is the resident scenic designer for the University of San Diego Department of Theatre.

Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design) previously designed Reckless, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Her select credits include Constellations (The Old Globe), Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse), The Who and The What, Our Town, Tall Girls, Brahaman/i, and Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (La Jolla Playhouse), The Cocktail Hour, Hedda Gabler, The Fox on the Fairway (Craig Noel Award nomination), Chapatti, and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Sylvia, and Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts), and Snakeskin, Lifeblood Harmony, Chagall, and A Man Found Wanting (Malashock Dance). Ms. Benzoni’s assistant costume credits include As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe), Les Dialogues des Carmélites (Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy), Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory), and Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse). She holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design from UC San Diego, where she is currently an adjunct lecturer.

Kimberlee E. Winters (Lighting Design) has the wondrous opportunity to travel extensively for work. While so much travel is often challenging, it always brings new experiences and people into her life that are irreplaceable and the memories will last a lifetime. She has recently designed in Las Vegas, Scotland, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Chicago, North Carolina, and more. Her lighting design credits include the Panasonic APEX convention and Lamborghini media reveal in L.A. as well as Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Odd Couple, and Christmas and tribute concerts (Flat Rock Playhouse), Medea with Child (Sideshow Theatre Company), and Jekyll & Hyde and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Twin City Stage). Her associate design credits include Miss You Like Hell, The Last Tiger in Haiti, Guards at the Taj (La Jolla Playhouse), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike andLend Me a Tenor (Paper Mill Playhouse), and The Other Place (Alley Theatre).

Melanie Chen (Sound Design) is a San Diego-based freelance sound designer who has designed over 70 productions in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Most recently, she designed North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor as well as Cygnet Theatre Company’s Seven Guitars and King Hedley II for their August Wilson repertory. Coming up, Ms. Chen will travel to Beijing as the Sound Design Associate on a large-scale immersive installation version of Peter Pan with Broadway Asia. Ms. Chen holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design for Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego.

Amanda Peñaloza-Banks (Choreographer) trained as a contemporary dancer at the London Contemporary Dance School in the early ’90s, subsequently touring for 12 years with European dance companies. Her extensive choreographic and movement-education work with dance and theatre professionals and educators has taken her to the U.K., Ireland, Norway, Lithuania, and Kenya. In the U.S., Ms. Peñaloza-Banks teaches Laban principles, creative-movement techniques, and period dance in a variety of educational, academic, community, and professional settings.

Brian Byrnes (Movement Coach and Fight Director) worked on the Old Globe productions of Rain, Arms and the Man, The Twenty-Seventh Man, and The Winter’s Tale. He also designed As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. His other work includes Intrepid Theatre Company’s 2016 production of Art; New York theatres; regional theatres; Shakespeare festivals; and motion capture animation in the U.S. and Sweden. Mr. Byrnes has worked with Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Ensemble Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Houston Ballet, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Texas Ballet Theater, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Prague Shakespeare Company, American Players Theatre, John Housman Theatre, Lucille Lortel Theatre, Westbeth Theatre Center, and others. He is an Actors’ Equity Association actor, a director for theatre and opera, and a writer of several plays that have been professionally produced. Mr. Byrnes is a longtime member of the Society of American Fight Directors as a certified teacher, fight director, and fight master.

Jan Gist (Voice and Speech Coach) has been the voice, speech, and dialect coach for The Old Globe on 89 productions, and she has coached at theatres around the country including Ahmanson Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, American Shakespeare Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. She is an original member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and she has presented at numerous conferences in addition to Voice Foundation’s conferences. Ms. Gist has taught workshops at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and the International Voice Teachers Exchange at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. She has been published in numerous VASTA journals and has authored chapters in the books Voice and Speech Training in the New Millennium: Conversations with Master Teachers, The Complete Voice and Speech Workout, and More Stage Dialects.

Abraham Stoll (Dramaturg) specializes in Renaissance and early modern literature. He has published on Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, and others. He is currently finishing a book, Conscience in Early Modern English Literature, which is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, and he is beginning work on a new edition of Paradise Lost. Mr. Stoll teaches Shakespeare in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program and is Chair of the English Department at USD.

Nicole Ries (Production Stage Manager) is happy to return The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, where her previous productions include Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Antigone, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Trelawny of the “Wells”, Clybourne Park, Reckless, and Acquainted with the Night. Her other regional credits include the 2015 and 2016 Ben Vereen Awards (Broadway/San Diego), Jade Heart, Coming Attractions, and A Man, His Wife and His Hat as well as staged readings of The Cancer Play and Seven (MOXIE Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors and A Behanding in Spokane (Cygnet Theatre Company), and Into the Woods, Tom and Huck and Jim, Paradise Hotel, and Little Women: The Musical (San Diego State University). Ms. Ries is currently MOXIE Theatre’s Production Manager and has also worked with San Diego Repertory Theatre (Company Manager/Assistant Production Manager, 2003–2009) and Starlight Musical Theatre (General Manager 2010-2011). She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Arts Management from San Diego State University.