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The Innovative Playwriting Initiative is part of The Old Globe Residency Project,
which also provides Free Access to Globe Productions and
Community-based Internships for San Diego Residents

SAN DIEGO (Sept. 28, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced the launch of The Old Globe Community Voices, a series of workshops dedicated to the creation and presentation of short plays by adult residents of San Diego County.  Community Voices is the centerpiece of The Old Globe Residency Project, an artistic initiative offering three avenues of engagement for underserved communities.  Funded by a two-year, $500,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation, the Residency Project builds upon the Globe’s earlier Southeastern San Diego Residency Project by expanding the definition of “community” to include groups defined by shared experience, geography, demographics, identity, profession or other characteristics.  In addition to Community Voices, The Residency Project also provides free admission to Globe productions for underserved communities and paid internships for young adults.

“Due to the generous support of The James Irvine Foundation, first with the Southeastern San Diego Residency Project and now The Old Globe Residency Project, the Globe has been able to connect with our San Diego community in unique ways, creating powerful and meaningful experiences,” said Managing Director Michael G. Murphy.  “As the county’s largest arts organization, we want to invite San Diegans not only to experience and learn about live theater, but also to gain the tools to create theatrical art themselves and to use the arts to enhance their lives and their communities.”

The Old Globe Community Voices introduces non-traditional audiences to theater arts and supports a dynamic creative process for individuals who have not had opportunities to envision themselves as artists.  Participants explore avenues of theatrical expression and collaboration through their individual and shared experiences and acquire the tools to create their own art upon completion of the Community Voices program.  Taught by an Old Globe Teaching Artist, the workshops are comprised of eight sessions each and emphasize building skills in playwriting and performance, and they result in the writing, rehearsing and presentation of 10-minute plays.  The program also provides mentoring opportunities with members of the Globe community and free admittance to Old Globe productions.  The sessions conclude with a public performance by the participants with professional actors in Hattox Hall in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Upon completion of the program, all Community Voices participants receive a $300 stipend.  Adults 21 years and older in San Diego County are welcome to register for one of the eight-class sessions.

The inaugural Community Voices workshops began in September with participants at Victory Outreach Church and The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.  The Globe will partner with local organizations, community theaters, the military community and faith-based groups for the ongoing series of workshops through December 2013.  Community groups and individuals can register for upcoming workshops by contacting Community Outreach Coordinator Desiree Nash at (619) 238-0043 x2105 or

The Old Globe Residency Project also provides 6,400 free admissions to the theater’s productions for members of underserved San Diego communities and paid internship opportunities for young adults at both the Globe’s campus in Balboa Park and at The Old Globe Technical Center located in southeastern San Diego.  To inquire about internship opportunities, please contact Director of Education Robert Wells-Famula at (619) 238-0043 x2144 or

The James Irvine Foundation has provided funding to The Old Globe for over three decades with grants supporting its education and artist programs.  The Foundation’s Artistic Innovation Fund most recently supported the Globe’s three-year Southeastern San Diego Residency Project.  Initiated in 2009, the project enabled the development and presentation of the hip-hop musical Kingdom and the West Coast premiere of Welcome to Arroyo’s, performed both at the Globe and at Lincoln High School Center for the Arts, and the community extravaganza Odyssey, which featured over 200 San Diegans in a retelling of Homer’s epic tale on the stage of the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.  The Southeastern San Diego Residency Project also included a series of workshops in Lincoln High classrooms, internships at the Globe’s Technical Center, free admission to Globe productions and the development of a play, Emancipated, written by four young San Diegans about their experiences in the foster care system.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation's grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.3 billion in grants to over 3,500 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $1.6 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $65 million in 2011 for the people of California.

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The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years.  The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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