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The Old Globe unveils redesigned campus

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe’s executive producer Lou Spisto, Globe board of directors and staff recently unveiled the new Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in Balboa Park. Along with the flagships of the Old Globe and Lowell Davis Theatres, new additions include the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, Hattox Hall, Erna and Andrew Viterbi Lobby, Lady Carolyn’s Pub, and the 6,200-square-foot Donald and Darlene Shiley Terrace.

The Donald Cohn Education Center provides a dedicated area to accommodate new educational programs. The new Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre features a fully trapped stage, state-of-the-art acoustics, two stage-level entrances, plush seating, and complete access for patrons with disabilities. The new building has many amenities.

  • A permanent home for the educational programs serving both children and adults.
  • A 2,000-square-foot multi-purpose space for theater classes, guest lectures and student rehearsals.
  • A space for play development readings, special events and musical performances by Globe artists.
  • An additional 600-square-foot classroom equipped with the latest technology for instructional presentations.
  • Many dressing and bathrooms throughout.

Many hands helped in this project.

  • Project Manager: Project Management Advisors, Inc. in Solana Beach
  • Theatre Consultant: Joshua Dachs of Fisher Dachs Associates, New York
  • Design: LMN Architects of Seattle, WA
  • Landscape: David Reed Landscape Architects, San Diego
  • Balboa Park Historical Consultant: David Marshall of Heritage Architecture & Planning, San Diego
  • General Contractor: DPR Construction Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: RBF Consultants & Hope Engineering
  • Specialty Lighting Consultant: Horton Lees Brogden
  • Acoustic and audio-visual consultants: Jaffe Holden Acoustics

Historically speaking ...

The Old Globe Theatre was built in 1935 for the presentation of abridged versions of Shakespeare’s plays as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. At the conclusion of the exposition in 1937, a non-profit producing corporation, the San Diego Community Theatre, leased the theater and adjacent buildings from the city of San Diego (an arrangement that continues today) and renovated the theater for ongoing use.

The Old Globe annually produces 15 mainstage productions from all periods and styles, ranging from Shakespeare to an ongoing emphasis on the development and production of new works, and an annual family musical, “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

With an operating budget of approximately $20 million, The Old Globe is one of San Diego’s largest arts institutions, its leading arts employer, and among the nation’s top-ranked regional theatres. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theater’s education programs and outreach services. Source: www.theoldglobe.org

Next production

‘Whisper House’ ... When loose lips really sank ships. Jan.13–Feb. 21. Music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. Book and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow. Directed by Peter Askin. The Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park.