Samantha Sturm (center) with the cast in Carrie Fisher's vignette "Lowdown Messy Shame," part of the world premiere musical In Your Arms. In Your Arms, with music by Stephen Flaherty and direction and choreography by Christopher Gattelli, runs Sept. 16 - Oct. 25, 2015 at The Old Globe. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

The Complete Company and Creative Team Announced for the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio 2019 Program! Featuring CLHD’s Elise Thuresson.

Tickets are now available, click the image to to buy tickets for the show. 

New to California Life’s team, Elise Thuresson has been selected for the 4-week Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio program. In Elise’s first segment with CLHD, she shared some of her favorite fashion brands to shop for on Instagram, see here.  

Tickets are now available, and can be purchased by clicking the link Purchase Tickets.

Only a few High School students were chosen for the opportunity to develop foundational skills for reading, interpreting, and performing Shakespeare’s plays, and to cultivate their own artistic voice through storytelling and creating original material.

The program runs from July 8 – August 5th, and the final presentation will include an original student adaptation of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Erika Phillips and James Pillar. The adaptation will take place on Monday, August 5th at 7:00 PM

Elise filming for CLHD Episode 499.

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SAN DIEGO (July 12, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the complete company and creative team for the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio, named for the Globe Board member whose generosity supports a four-week program for rising 9th – 12th grade students and recent high school graduates to develop foundational skills for reading, interpreting, and performing Shakespeare’s plays, and to cultivate their own artistic voice through storytelling and creating original material.

Participants receive an intensive curriculum of acting, movement, music, and text, as well as training in voice, speech, stage combat, and clowning. Students explore original writing as a part of understanding text and verse forms, and participate in regular master classes with Globe artists and staff, many of whom are among the leaders in their fields. Students deepen their understanding of and appreciation for Shakespeare’s writing and use his work as a model for investigating and engaging with their own experiences. 

Pictured: Elise Thuresson.

The Studio program includes full days of training from Monday, July 8 through Friday, August 2 and will culminate in a one-night-only public performance on Monday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. This final presentation at the Globe will include an original student adaptation of The Winter’s Tale. The company includes Adrien Bautista (San Diego Met High School),Kamran Bina (Noble and Greenough School), Sophie Camilleri (Canyon Crest Academy), Nadia Chacon (San Diego Virtual School), Grace Crandell (Helix Charter High School), Kathryn Dawson (Canyon Crest Academy), Lakesanne Deal(Fusion Academy Solana Beach), Yadira Deskins (Diego Hills High School), Lily Famolaro (Inspire Charter School), Jordan Marie Finley (Francis Parker School), Gabriela Fonseca Luna (Mater Dei Catholic High School), Amaya Gray(Marston Middle School), Kaileykielle Hoga (Scripps Ranch High School), Seth Holt (IDEATE High Academy), Sylvie Jones (Ad Fontes Academy), Retta Karpinski (Point Loma High School), Nadia LePiere (The Grauer School), Juliana C. Mansfield (Scripps Ranch High School), Kate Ortega (San Diego Met High School), Jovana Partida (San Ysidro High School), Chase Rabine (Mt. Everest Academy), Quora Reese (School of Creative and Performing Arts), Brenna Richardson (Mt. Vernon High School), Jennifer Saenz (Audeo Charter School), Ian Sanchez (Otay Ranch High School), Broc Stermer (Steele Canyon High School), Elise Thuresson (The Bishop’s School), and Hannah R Worlock (The Grauer School).

The Globe’s creative team includes Erika Phillips and James Pillar (Co-Directors), Elvina Adams (Choreographer),Adrian Alita (Clown Master-Class Instructor), David Huber (Voice Coach), Leonard Patton (Music Director), Jake Millgard (Fight Choreographer), Sam Mitchell (Movement Teaching Artist), and Willie Michiels (Production Coordinator), as well as a team of Youth Mentors comprised of Jose Hurtado (Directorship Intern), Madison Stallings (Stage Management Intern), and Jotham Patton (Musical Directorship Intern). 

Guest artists who will drop in to share their expertise include Globe staffers and company members of various Globe productions, including Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, Artistic Associate Lamar Perry, and Arts Engagement Programs Coordinator Reanne Acasio.

The Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio is generously supported by Pam Farr and Buford Alexander with additional lead support from Terry Atkinson and Kathy Taylor and Theatre Forward’s Educating Through Theatre Grant. Further support comes from Ann Davies Fund for Teaching Artists, The James Irvine Foundation, Qualcomm, and ResMed Foundation. This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Scholarship support for students participating in the Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio is provided by Sing Your Song. Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

SINGLE TICKETS are $9.00 for students and $13.00 for adults and will go on sale Friday, July 19. One performance only!—Monday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. 

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances, located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit For directions and up-to-date information, please visit–parking/detailed-directions.

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CALENDAR: As You Like It (6/16–7/21), The Tale of Despereaux (7/6–8/11), AXIS: The Tale of Desperaux Sensory-Friendly AXIS Event (7/20), Steve Martin’s The Underpants (7/27– 9/1), Romeo and Juliet (8/11–9/15), Almost Famous (9/13–10/20), AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration (9/14), Noura (9/20–10/20), 2019 Globe Gala (9/21), Globe for All Tour: The Winter’s Tale (10/29–11/17), M.F.A.: Twelfth Night (11/2–10), AXIS: Day of the Dead (11/3), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/3–12/29), Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show (11/23–12/24), August Wilson’s Jitney(1/18/2020-2/23), Hurricane Diane (2/8–3/8), Little Women (3/14–4/19), Faceless (3/28–4/26), The Gardens of Anuncia(5/8–6/14), What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (5/28–6/28). 

The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 85th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, as well as the renowned The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Numerous world premieres—such as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.