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Classical Directing Fellowship 2023

The Old Globe announced today the four-member cohort for the 2023 Classical Directing Fellowship, a program of the Karen and Stuart Tanz Fellowships at The Old Globe, led by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, a leading Shakespearean teacher, author, podcast host, and director. Patrice Amon (Hoops at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, A Skeptic and a Bruja at Urbanite Theatre, Hoopla! for La Jolla Playhouse’s POP Tour), Lavina Jadhwani (productions at Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre), Victor Lirio (London premiere of Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter at The Turbine Theatre, Coming Up for Air at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Noon Day Sun at Theatre Row, Suites by Sondheim at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall), and Rondrell McCormick (Between Dog and Wolf at Theatre of NOTE, Vol. 1 – A Post Racial America at Boston Court Pasadena, Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and San Diego Repertory Theatre) will participate in the fourth year of this series of workshops on Shakespearean directing. The workshops will be held at the Globe from Monday, March 20 to Friday, March 24, 2023.

The Classical Directing Fellowship focuses on Shakespeare’s text, how it is put together, and how it works in the imaginations and voices of American actors. In these seminars, Edelstein presents a series of techniques that the fellows then employ in rehearsals with a company of professional actors. The work culminates in a private presentation. After that, all involved debrief and broaden the conversation to larger questions about Shakespeare, American culture, and the director’s art and life. Throughout the week, in addition to the artistic work, fellows meet with members of the Globe’s staff in many departments to deepen knowledge of how a classically oriented theatre brings plays to life.

Past participants of The Old Globe’s Classical Directing Fellowship include directors Jennifer Chang, Meg DeBoard, Kareem Fahmy, Manoel Felciano, Yolanda Marie Franklin, Daniel Jáquez, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Tai Thompson, Awoye Timpo, Edward Torres, Sam White, and LA Williams.

The Classical Directing Fellowship is supported by a program of the Karen and Stuart Tanz Fellowships at The Old Globe. 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.

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