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The MFA Cast of "Mother Courage and her children" by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Rosa Joshi, Spring 2023

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Spring 2024


The Studio Theatre - ON CAMPUS at USD

Performance Schedule
Sunday April 21st, 7:30 PM


Seven original works written, directed and starring - Jose Balistrieri,  Luana Fontes, Madeline Grace Jones, Carter Piggee, Vandous Stripling II, Emma Svitil, Michael Underhill

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Spring 2024

CYMBELINE- A Workshop Production 

The Studio Theatre - ON CAMPUS at USD

Directed by Madison Mae Williams 

Modern Verse Translation by Andrea Thome


Performance Schedule
Friday March 22nd, 7:30 PM
Saturday March 23rd, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday March 24th, 2:00 PM

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Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare’s late romances—or maybe one of his first telenovelas!—brimming with high drama, love, power, deception, and forgiveness. When Imogen’s husband is banished from the kingdom by her father, she doesn’t take the news lying down, and instead fights to set the record straight. Cymbeline will have you rooting for Imogen as she faces the odds stacked against her. Cymbeline is presented as part of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program’s ongoing partnership with Play On Shakespeare, a nonprofit company promoting and creating contemporary modern translations of Shakespeare’s plays for modern audiences. This version of Cymbeline is directed by Madison Mae Williams and translated by Andrea Thome.

Winter 2024

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
The Studio Theatre - University of San Diego
directed by Lamar Perry


Performance Schedule
Friday February 16th, 7:30 PM
Saturday February 17th , 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday February 18th , 2:00 PM

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Judas is on trial for his betrayal of Jesus, his soul is left in the balance. What will the verdict be?Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’ provocative and irreverently funny play forces us to examine our ideas of love, divine mercy, free will and forgiveness, searching for the line between good and evil. What does reconciliation look like after betrayal? Content Warning Please be advised that this production features use of discriminatory language that exhibits racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism and anti-Semitism. It explores themes of death, violence and suicide (specifically hanging), references to abortion, rape, and disordered eating, and contains debate on theological arguments, faith and spirituality. $15 General Admission $10 Students, Seniors, Military and USD Faculty

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Summer 2023

The Old Globe:

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kathleen Marshall

June 8 – July 9, 2023

The Merry Wives of Windsor
By William Shakespeare
Directed by James Vásquez

July 30 – September 3, 2023


Fall 2023

The Old Globe: Fall Shakespeare Production
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
directed by Jimonn Cole


Set in a modern-day Italy, we meet two young men in search of identity—and Julia, the first Shakespearean female character to disguise herself as a young man. This company of 14 M.F.A. actors, now in training at The Old Globe and University of San Diego, brings a wild cast of characters to life in a bold staging of this timely, classy comedy that highlights themes of betrayal, loyalty, and friendship. The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be performed live by the M.F.A. students from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. The cast of 14 features Danny Adams as Duke, Kevin Alicea-Minor as Speed, Jose Balistrieri as Proteus, Luana Fontes as Outlaw 3, Chris Hathaway as Host and Outlaw 2, Madeline Grace Jones as Julia, Erick Lindsey as Antonio, Angelynne Pawaan as Sylvia, Carter Piggee as Lance, Akoni Steinmann as Turio, Vandous Stripling II as Valentine, Emma Svitil as Eglamour, Michael Underhill as Pantino and Outlaw 1, and Lisa VillaMil as Lucetta.

Spring 2023 

Mother Courage and her children
Bertolt Brecht 
directed by Rosa Joshi

First Year Workshop:
( a play with broken songs)
by Caridad Svich
Directed by Jesse Perez

2nd Year Thesis 2023: one night festival of solo plays created and performed by the Class of 2023

Fall 2022

The Old Globe Theatre
Fall Shakespeare Production
Measure for Measure
directed by Old Globe Resident Artist
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Photography by Rich Soublet


Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s richest plays, mixing comedy and drama in a thrilling story of love and power. In a decadent Vienna - in the power of the 1980's: the strict, newly appointed leader Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay—until he falls for a young woman pleading for the life of her brother. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic, featuring the best American classical actors of tomorrow, who are now in training at the Globe and USD. Tickets available Nov. 12th - November 20th! Limited Engagement! “Shakespeare is central to The Old Globe, and so is the professional actor training we do at The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “A highlight of each year here is our chance to watch the great classical actors of tomorrow engage with a major Shakespeare play as part of their development. Measure for Measure, with its unusual comic tone and its charged insights into the intersections of sexuality and power, is one of Shakespeare’s most provocative plays, and it’s sure to be a memorable evening in the theatre, especially in the capable hands of director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, a Globe Resident Artist. I look forward to sharing it with our audiences” Measure for Measure will be performed live by the M.F.A. students from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. The cast of 14 features Jose Balistrieri, Luana Fontes, Madeline Jones, Sarah Joyce, Camilla Leonard, Becca Lustgarten, Carter Piggee, Jeffrey Rashad, Bernadette Sefic, Vandous Stripling II, Emma Svitil, Jude Tibeau, Michael Underhill, and Maggie Walters.

Summer 2022

The Old Globe:
Taming of the Shrew and
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Taming of the Shrew Directed by Shana Cooper  June 5th - July 10th 2022 Lowell Davies Festival Theatre ​“After a two-year absence, Shakespeare returns to the Globe’s outdoor Festival stage with a riotous and deeply inventive new production of The Taming of the Shrew,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, it’s given a fresh, modern, and wildly energetic production by Shana Cooper, a renowned interpreter of the Bard’s works. She takes the play very seriously even as she mines new levels of romance and laughter in its complex views of gender, power, and love. San Diego audiences will enjoy this Shrew under the stars, and we could not be happier to welcome them again.”  Shana Cooper directs a cast of 20, which includes Armando Durán as Baptista (Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s A View from the Bridge), Felicity Jones Latta as Tranio (Broadway’s Metamorphoses), Orville Mendoza as Grumio (Broadway’s Pacific Overtures), Jesse J. Perez as Gremio (The Old Globe’s El Borracho, Romeo and Juliet), Cassia Thompson as Bianca (The Book Club Play), John Tufts as Hortensio, Biondello, and Merchant (Pride and Prejudice, Lucille Lortel nomination), James Udom as Petrucio (Joel Coen’s Macbeth with Denzel Washington, Lincoln Center’s The Rolling Stone), and Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine (Karen Page in Netflix’s “Daredevil,” Jessica Hamby in HBO’s “True Blood”). The cast also includes students in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Henian Boone (Vincentio, Ensemble), Brett Cassidy (Peter, Ensemble), Jacqui Dupré (Tailor, Nicholas, Ensemble), Savannah Faye as (Philip, Ensemble), Komi M. Gbeblewou (Nathaniel, Ensemble), Camilla Leonard (Ensemble), Becca Lustgarten (Widow, Joseph, Ensemble), Jeffrey Rashad (Haberdasher, Ensemble), Bernadette Sefic (Curtis, Police Officer, Ensemble), Jude Tibeau (Lucentio), Nathan VanAtta (Sugarsop, Police Officer, Ensemble), and Maggie Walters (Ensemble). In addition to Cooper, the creative team includes scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge, sound design by Paul Peterson and Paul James Prendergast, original music by Paul James Prendergast, voice and text coach Ursula Meyer, movement consultant Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, casting by Alaine Alldaffer, CSA and Lisa Donadio, production stage manager Marie Jahelka, and assistant stage manager Kendra Stockton.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Directed by Patricia McGregor July 31st - September 4th Lowell Davies Festival Stage “Patricia McGregor has graced San Diego and the Globe with her abundant talent for years now, and as she departs our city to become Artistic Director of the great and important New York Theatre Workshop, we can’t imagine a better curtain call than her amazing new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Shakespeare is one of Patricia’s loves, and this magical, funny, and totally marvelous play will allow her abundant talents to flourish. From the romantic lovers to the winsome fairies to the slapstick ‘mechanicals,’ Midsummer is chock full of delights. It really is the perfect play for this director, and the perfect Shakespeare to experience under the starts on a balmy San Diego summer night. This is a show that’s certain to be unforgettable.” Patricia McGregor directs a cast of 20, which includes Karen Aldridge as Titania (Broadway’s Matilda The Musical, FX’s “Fargo”), Celeste Arias as Helena (The Old Globe’s Uncle Vanya, Off Broadway’s Anatomy of a Suicide), Paul James as Oberon (Showtime’s “I Love That for You,” Netflix’s “Soundtrack”), Jake Millgard as Bottom (The Old Globe’s Trouble in Mind, Macbeth), Victor Morris as Egeus (The Old Globe’s Trouble in Mind, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Twelfth Night), Carter Piggee as Fairy (The Old Globe’s The Taming of the Shrew, MOXIE’s Ironbound), Christopher Michael Rivera as Puck (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’s Henry IV, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Jamie Ann Romero as Hermia (Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in Love, Off Broadway’s Dracula), and Miki Vale as DJ (The Old Globe’s Globe for All Tour’s Measure for Measure, Shakespeare: Call and Response). The cast also includes students in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Brett Cassidy (Theseus, Mustardseed), Jacqui Dupré (Peaseblossom), Savannah Faye (Starveling), Komi M. Gbeblewou (Snout),Camilla Leonard (Hippolyta, Cobweb), Becca Lustgarten (Quince), Jeffrey Rashad (Demetrius), Bernadette Sefic (Lysander), Jude Tibeau (Snug, Fairy), Nathan VanAtta (Flute), and Maggie Walters (Moth, First Fairy).

Spring 2022

Thesis Project:
"...And Then Some Light Gets In"

May 9th 2022 Studio Theatre - University of San Diego A collaborative workshop class dedicated to supporting, mentoring, creating, and producing the 2nd year MFA Actor Thesis Project - a solo acting performance written by the actor. Coursework includes in-depth discussions with feedback, research, writing sessions, brainstorming, rehearsals,tech, and perfortmance. Guest Artist Professor and the Old Globe Director of New Plays and Dramaturgy, Danielle Mages Amato, guides this 2nd year class of amazing artists to their opening night - May 9th 2022.

Spring 2022

PlayOn Macbeth

Directed by Dawn M. Simmons Adaptation by Migdalia Cruz April 22nd - April 24th 2022 Shakespeare's classic gets a contemporary adaptation by Migdalia Cruz in a staged reading with a rotating cast every night!In Migdalia Cruz’s Macbeth, the Witches run the world. The Macbeths live out a dark cautionary tale of love, greed, and power, falling from glory into calamity as the Witches spin their fate. Translating Shakespeare’s language for a modern audience, Nuyorican playwright Migdalia Cruz rewrites Macbeth with all the passion of the Bronx.Please join us for any and all performances as this rotating cast of actors explore identity and power from all perspectives.Each performance has a different rotating cast. Maggie Walters - Macbeth Jeffrey Rashad - Lady Macbeth Bernadette Sefic - Banquo Jude Tibeau - Macduff | Witch 1 Becca Lustgarten - Witch 2 Camilla Leonard - Malcolm | Witch 3 Bernadette Sefic - Macbeth Becca Lustgarten - Lady Macbeth Jeffrey Rashad - Banquo Camilla Leonard - Macduff | Witch 1 Maggie Walters - Witch 2 Jude Tibeau - Malcolm | Witch 3 Jude Tibeau - Macbeth Camilla Leonard - Lady Macbeth Maggie Walters - Banquo Becca Lustgarten - Macduff | Witch 1 Jeffrey Rashad - Witch 2 Bernadette Sefic - Malcolm | Witch 3

Spring 2022

The Skin of Our Teeth

Directed by Matt Morrow by Thorton Wilder photography by Daren Scott Studio Theatre - University of San Diego February 25-27 2022 GEORGE ANTROBUS-Jude Tibeau MAGGIE ANTROBUS-Jacqui Dupré SABINA -Henian Boone HENRY 1, FORTUNE TELLER, GLADYS 3-Becca Lustgarten MR. FITZPATRICK, PROFESSOR, CONVEENER-Komi M. Gbeblewou JUDGE, CONVEENER, BROADCAST OFFICIAL, ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER-Brett Cassidy MAMMOTH, MUSES, GLADYS 2, IVY -Savannah Faye GLADYS 1, CONVEENER, BROADCAST ASSISTANT, HESTER-Camilla Leonard ANNOUNCER 1, DOCTOR, CONVEENER, CHAIR PUSHER, HENRY 3-Nathan VanAtta TELEGRAPH BOY, ANNOUNCER 2, CONVEENER, MR. BAILEY-Bernadette Sefic DINOSAUR, HOMER, HENRY 2, MR. TREYMANE-Jeffrey Rashad

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