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July 16 – August 13
(Performance Night: Monday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m.)
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
Through a month-long process, high school students or recent graduates 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 Studio will run Monday through Friday, July 16 to August 13, and will culminate in a public performance on Monday, August 13 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 final presentation will combine Shakespearean scenes, soliloquies, and sonnets with original material generated by the students.
Elvina Adams (Choreographer) is a San Diego–based choreographer who blends her dance backgrounds of hip-hop, contemporary, Bollywood, tap, and folk dance into the unique style it is today. Ms. Adams has her own studio in Chula Vista called Body’s In Rhythm, co-owned with fitness instructor Rosie Velez. She is excited for her third year with the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio.
Melissa Alcazar (Music Director) is a professional multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. Ms. Alcazar performs five nights a week at The Shout! House and has been a featured pianist at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Abelardo Hall Auditorium in the Philippines. She manages her own music studio and is the President of the board for HEAL, a not-for-profit organization aiding the homeless. She recently released her debut album of original music available on all music platforms including iTunes. She received her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. melissaalcazar.com.
Erika Malone (Movement Teaching Artist) has taught dance and theatre for San Diego organizations including The Old Globe, Malashock Dance, A Reason to Survive, San Diego Junior Theatre, and Arts for Learning. As a dancer, she found her primary artistic home with Eveoke Dance Theatre (2001–2012), where she performed in Soul of a Young Girl: Anne Frank’s Diary, Reflections, and Monstropoly. As Eveoke’s Artistic Director from 2010 to 2012, Ms. Malone spearheaded an award-winning production of Las Mariposas, based on Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies, partnering with the U.S. Embassy to tour the Dominican Republic. She currently serves as an Expressive Arts Therapist and Therapeutic Dance Teacher at Monarch School, providing education and services to K–12 youth impacted by homelessness.
Willie Mae Michiels (Production Coordinator) has credits including Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! and Rain (The Old Globe), The Squirrels (La Jolla Playhouse), Paloma (Los Angeles Theatre Center), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles). Ms. Michiels has also supervised Halloween Horror Nights maze productions at Universal Studios Hollywood and deck managed for Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is currently working on her M.F.A. at UC San Diego and received her B.A. from University of Redlands.
Erika Phillips (Co-Director) is originally from New York City and has worked as an actor throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. In San Diego, her work has expanded to directing, playwriting, and teaching, and she is delighted to return for her third summer at The Old Globe. She has worked with James Pillar as an artistic collaborator since La Jolla Playhouse’s Excavating Escondido, a citywide student piece produced for the Without Walls Festival in 2013. Year-round, Ms. Phillips and Mr. Pillar co-lead the Globe’s Reflecting Shakespeare program, an 18-week intensive of ensemble building, acting, and writing. Ms. Phillips is passionate about theatrical work that empowers young people to find and value their unique voices. erikabethphillips.com.
James Pillar (Co-Director), originally from the United Kingdom, joins the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio team after serving as Director of La Jolla Playhouse’s Young Performers’ Conservatory between 2010 and 2017. A theatre artist with a passion for creating original work, Mr. Pillar’s recent projects include Excavating Escondido and The Quest (La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival), Out of the Yard playwriting programs for incarcerated populations (Playwrights Project), and Reflecting Shakespeare, which he co-facilitates with his creative partner, Erika Phillips (The Old Globe). His additional directing and theatre credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company (Education), BBC Radio (Education), British Film Institute, and San Diego Junior Theatre.
Skyler Sullivan (Clown Master-Class Instructor) is an actor and director, originally from Hartford, Connecticut, who has worked with such companies as Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, Bread and Puppet Theater, “Sesame Street,” “The Electric Company,” and American Mime Theatre. He graduated from the International School of Comic Acting in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Mr. Sullivan is also a clown doctor, healing sick kids and their families with healthy humor, and he will be a clown-in-residence at Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in August. He is most happy working with community members, using the arts to change how they experience the world. He received his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College.