MFA in Action
 

The MFA Cast of "Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare,

directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg at the Old Globe Theatre - Fall 2022

In addition to the many performance opportunities available with The Old Globe’s professional company, the Graduate Theatre program produces four student productions and performance projects each year.  Play genres are representative of the ensemble of Artists and the Classical and Contemporary canon.   
Mother Courage and her Children
Mother Courage and her Children

directed by Rosa Joshi

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First Year Workshop
First Year Workshop

Class of 2024

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Thesis 2023
Thesis 2023

Class of 2023 present original solo performances for one night only!

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Mother Courage and her Children
Mother Courage and her Children

directed by Rosa Joshi

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Spring 2023 - Coming Soon

Production:
Mother Courage and her children
by 
Bertolt Brecht 
directed by Rosa Joshi

Project:
First Year Workshop 
2nd Year Thesis 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

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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.

The Old Globe "Measure of Measure"
The Old Globe "Measure of Measure"

The Class of 2023 and the Class of 2024

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MeasureforMeasure
MeasureforMeasure

Bernadette Sefic(2023) as Mistress Overdone - center, Emma Svitil(2024) center floor, Vandous Stripling II(2024) - left, Carter Piggee (2024) right

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Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure

MFA Actors in the Fall 2022 Old Globe Theatre Shakespeare Production directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

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The Old Globe "Measure of Measure"
The Old Globe "Measure of Measure"

The Class of 2023 and the Class of 2024

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

directed by Patricia McGregor Picture: Brett Cassidy, Maggie Walters, Camilla Leonard, Jacqui Dupré as Fairies Photo by Rich Soublet II

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Old Globe Theatre directed by Patricia McGregor picture: Bernadette Sefic(2023) and Jeffrey Rashad(2023) photo by Rich Soublet II

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The Old Globe Taming of the Shrew
The Old Globe Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Shana Cooper picture: Deborah Ann Woll and James Udom Photo by: Jim Cox

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

directed by Patricia McGregor Picture: Brett Cassidy, Maggie Walters, Camilla Leonard, Jacqui Dupré as Fairies Photo by Rich Soublet II

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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.

Komi M. Gbeblewou
Komi M. Gbeblewou

Thesis Project 2022

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Komi M. Gbeblewou
Komi M. Gbeblewou

Thesis Project 2022

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Nathan VanAtta
Nathan VanAtta

Thesis Project 2022

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Komi M. Gbeblewou
Komi M. Gbeblewou

Thesis Project 2022

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PlayOn Macbeth
PlayOn Macbeth

Directed by Dawn M. Simmons picture: Jeffrey Rashad and Maggie Walters photo by Camilla Leonard

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PlayOn Macbeth
PlayOn Macbeth

Directed by Dawn M. Simmons picture: Becca Lustgarten and Bernadette Sefic photo by: Camilla Leonard

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PlayOn Macbeth
PlayOn Macbeth

Directed by Dawn M. Simmons picture: Bernadette Sefic photo by Mark Holmes

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PlayOn Macbeth
PlayOn Macbeth

Directed by Dawn M. Simmons picture: Jeffrey Rashad and Maggie Walters photo by Camilla Leonard

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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

The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth

Directed by Matt Morrow photo by Daren Scott

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The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth

Directed by Matt Morrow photo by Daren Scott

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The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth

Directed by Matt Morrow photo by Daren Scott

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The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth

Directed by Matt Morrow photo by Daren Scott

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