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San Diego MFA Students Stage Pericles

The Old Globe logoThe Old Globe in San Diego in conjunction with the University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program will be staging William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre, running Nov. 15–23 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre.

“The Old Globe's M.F.A. program is one of the jewels in this theater's crown, and I'm as proud of the work we do training the next generation of American actors as I am of anything else in the institution's life,” Artistic Director Barry Edelstein said in a press release. “The talent that thrives in our venture with USD is top-notch, and in the fascinating Shakespearean saga that is Pericles, Prince of Tyre, that talent will be on dazzling display.” 

Ray Chambers, Head of Acting with the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program, will direct Pericles. Since first training with The Old Globe in the mid-80s, Chambers has worked as a classical actor and director with numerous regional theaters across the country. For nearly two decades as an associate artist with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, he has worked as actor, director, writer, and instructor, and he served as Director of the Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training Program at ASF from 2001 to 2009. His credits at The Old Globe include The Life of Riley, Coriolanus, The Comedy of Errors, The School for Scandal, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, and Macbeth. He has taught Acting and Classical Text in master classes and workshops for universities and theaters around the country.

The cast features Amy Blackman (Thaisa), Maxx Brawer (Cleon), Lindsay Brill (Bawd), Charlotte Bydwell (Lychorida, Diana), Lowell Byers (Pericles), Ally Carey (Dionyza), Jamal Douglas (Simonides), Tyler Kent (Helicanus), Jake Millgard (Cerimon, Pandar), Makha Mthembu (Marina), Daniel Petzold (Boult), Megan M. Storti (Gower), Nathan Whitmer (Antiochus, Leonine), and Patrick Zeller (Lysimachus, Thailard). Thecreative team includes Sean Fanning and Brian Redfern (Scenic Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design), Jason Bieber (Lighting Design), Melanie Chen (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Voice and Speech Coach), Brian Byrnes (Movement Coach), Nicole Ries (Production Stage Manager), and Ryan Heath (Assistant Stage Manager).

Private funding for the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation. For additional information, visit

Tickets to Pericles may be purchased online at, by phone at 619-23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Tickets are $19. Discounts are available for students, USD faculty and staff, seniors, active military, and groups of 15 or more.

November 10, 2014

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