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

November 2 –10, 2019
(Opening night: Saturday, November 2)

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jesse Perez

“If music be the food of love, play on!

Shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, the clever and courageous Viola disguises herself as a man for protection in this strange land, and soon finds a job working for Duke Orsino. Orsino loves the noble Olivia, Viola falls for Orsino, and Olivia becomes infatuated with Orsino’s messenger boy… who’s actually Viola in disguise! In Shakespeare’s world where identity is topsy-turvy, true love sees through all disguises. The classical actors of tomorrow, now training in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, expertly perform Shakespeare’s magical comedy, filled with some of his most unforgettable characters and memorable moments.

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.


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Jesse Perez
Jesse Perez. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative


Jesse Perez (Director) is Director of Professional Training for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. He has acted Off Broadway in Party People (The Public Theater), The Father and A Doll’s House (Theatre for a New Audience), Informed Consent (Primary Stages), Triple Happiness (Second Stage Theater), Barrio Grrrl! (Summer Play Festival), Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons), In the Penal Colony (Classic Stage Company), and Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop). He also appeared in Lucia di Lammermoor (The Metropolitan Opera). His regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Goodman Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. His international acting credits include The Venice Biennale and Salzburg Festival. Perez’s television and film credits include “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Job,” “Life on Mars,” American Splendor, and Adopt a Highway. As a choreographer he has done The Comedy of Errors directed by Taibi Magar (Shakespeare & Company), Much Ado About Nothing directed by Joanna Settle (Shakespeare on the Sound), and Steel Magnolias directed by Brian Mertes (Trinity Repertory Company). He also served as company choreographer starting in 2003 for Lake Lucille Chekhov Project, where he has choreographed all of Anton Chekhov’s major plays under the direction of Mertes and Melissa Kievman. He also choreographed for Salzburg Festival and Jedermann directed by Mertes, and he was movement coach on The Great Leap directed by Magar (Atlantic Theater Company). Perez has also been a guest artist and faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where he has choreographed, directed, and taught for the last 12 years.