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Measure for Measure

The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

November 12 - November 20

General Admission

Measure for Measure


The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

The Old Globe's Rehearsal Hall in House of Charm

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s richest plays, mixing comedy and drama in a thrilling story of love and power. In a decadent Vienna, the strict, newly appointed leader Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay—until he falls for a young woman pleading for the life of her brother. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic, featuring the best American classical actors of tomorrow, who are now in training at the Globe and USD.

A joint venture of the Globe and USD, the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate 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.

Major underwriting of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program at The Old Globe is provided by Darlene Marcos Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by the Globe Guilders, the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund, and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.

Cast and Creatives



Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Director) Founder and former Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre for 12 acclaimed seasons (Des McAnuff New Visions Award for risk-taking leadership and body of work, 2015 Director of the Year Award from San Diego Theatre Critics Circle). Directing credits: The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Island City Stage, TheatreSquared, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, more. Honors: Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Program grant, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Patté Awards, Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award, Second Stage Theatre’s Van Lier Fund fellowship, New York Drama League’s Directors Project.

Robin Sanford Roberts (Scenic Design) The Old Globe: Alive and Well, The Price, Fiction, Art, Bus Stop, Blue/Orange, Betrayal, others. Shiley Program: Henry IV, Part I, The Visit, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, Much Ado about Nothing. Broadway: It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues. Regional: San Diego Repertory Theatre, MOXIE Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Swine Palace. Education: Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University, M.F.A. in Scenic Design from UC San Diego. Other: Resident Scenic Designer and Professor of Practice at University of San Diego’s Department of Theatre. robinsanfordroberts.com, @mizrobin on Instagram.

Brooke Kesler (Costume Design) Recent designs: Interstate (East West Players), A Midsemester Prom Night’s Dream, John Proctor Is the Villain (California Lutheran University), The Skin of Our Teeth (Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program), one in two, Girlfriend (Diversionary Theatre), Red Bike (MOXIE). Other: adjunct faculty in costume design at San Diego State University, 2020 recipient of USITT’s Zelma H. Weisfeld Award in Costume Design and Technology. Education: M.F.A. in Design and Technology, Costume Design from San Diego State University. brookenicolekesler.com.

Jason Bieber (Lighting Design) Shiley Program: Henry IV, Part I, Cloud 9, The Importance of Being Ernest, Pericles, Prince of Tyre. The Old Globe: The Mystery of Irma Vep, Since Africa. MOXIE Theatre: Bleeding Kansas, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Eternally Bad, Eurydice, Orange Julius. Mo`olelo Theatre Company: Cowboy Versus Samurai, Permanent Collection, Yellow Face, Extraordinary Chambers. Other: Lighting Director and Resident Assistant at San Diego Opera since 2013.

Evan Eason (Sound Design) (he/him) Eighty-Sixed (Diversionary), Cabaret (Cygnet), Into the Woods, Beehive – The 60s Musical (New Village Arts), Pick Me Last, Emily Driver’s Great Race Through Time and Space (La Jolla Playhouse), Good Trouble (Blindspot Collective). Associate/assistant work: Mineola Twins (MOXIE), The Women’s Party (Clubbed Thumb), The Humans, Aubergine (San Diego Repertory), Twelfth Night (Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program), Avenue Q (New Village Arts).

Emmelyn Thayer (Music Director, Vocal Coach) The Old Globe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dial M for Murder. Regional: Noises Off, Sweeney Todd, Man from Nebraska, Private Lives, History Boys (Cygnet Theatre), Good People (Carlsbad Playreaders), Frozen (ion theatre company). USD Department of Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, The Mail Order Bride, Arcadia. The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Voice and Speech faculty; Cloud 9, Rites of Passage, Zevon. Workshops: UC San Diego Extension, San Diego Mesa College, The Bishop’s School, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Dieguito Academy. Honors: Horrigan Award, Craig Noel M.F.A. Fellowship. emmelynthayer.com.

Madison Mae Williams (Dramaturg) (she/her) Select dramaturgy: The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, The New Cosmopolitans, The Playwrights Realm, Chautauqua Theater Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, UC San Diego. Education: current Ph.D. candidate in Theatre and Drama at UC San Diego, B.A. in Musical Theatre, Poetry, and Africana Studies from Hampshire College. madisonmaewilliams.com, @maddiemaew on Instagram.

Karla Stacey Garcia (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Dial M for Murder (as script assistant), Mala (as production assistant), Power New Voices Festival’s Regular (as production assistant), El Borracho (as script assistant),Globe for All’s Shakespeare: Call and Response (as stage management intern). Regional: In Lieu of FLWRZ (La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW Festival), Get Your Pink Hands Off Me Sucka and Give Me Back (San Diego Rep’s Latinx New Play Festival), Dinner & a Zoom (MOXIE Theatre), The Goddess of Lost Things (Bocón). Education: M.A. in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz.

Jamie Boyd (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: stage management intern for The Taming of the Shrew. Other regional theatre: The Pleasure Trials (MOXIE Theatre), The World Goes ’Round (Coronado Playhouse).