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Word Up! Live

June 04 - September 10

General Admission

Word Up! Live


Word Up! is a free, fun, festive word-based collaboration between audience and artist, hosted by Laura Z. This Mad Libs–style communal storytelling will feature a new performing artist every week, as well as special community guests from around San Diego. More of a gathering than a show or a class, Word Up! is a low-pressure opportunity for community members to connect with each other and with a new performing art medium each week.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with music by DJ Miki Vale, and drinks will be available at Lady Carolyn’s Pub. The show starts at 5:30 p.m.

These events will also be simulcast for free through The Old Globe’s YouTube channel, so everyone can enjoy this exciting collaborative theatre-making event.

All Word Up! Live events are now general-admission with no tickets required. Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Schedule (all events are 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.):

  • Friday, June 25: Drag Music with Jaye Piper Rosewell and San Diego Business Guest Farah Dinga
  • Friday, July 2: R&B with Rebecca Jade
  • Friday, July 16: Opera with Mandi Miller
  • Friday, July 30: Oral Tradition with Bibi Mama
  • Friday, August 6: Classical Violin with Omari Abdul-Alim
  • Friday, August 20: Commedia dell’Arte with Valeria Vega and Jesús Quintero
  • Friday, September 10: Spoken Word with Angelo Pamintuan

Past Word Up! videos here

For COVID-19 updates, please check out our website and social media accounts.

Arts engagement programs at The Old Globe are generously supported in part by The James Irvine Foundation, Qualcomm, and the Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego.

The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.

Live Stream of Friday, June 4 Word Up! Live: Hip Hop & Freestyle Rap with Miki Vale and Ric Scales