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Special Events

2015 Globe Gala

The Old Globe's premiere fundraising event in support of the theatre's education and artistic programs was once again a success! This fabulous black-tie event, helmed by Co-Chairs Pamela Cesak, Jo Ann Kilty, and Vicki L. Zeiger, began with a reception on the Globe's Copley Plaza and in the Craig Noel Garden. It was followed by a one-night-only performance by Carmen Cusack, recent star of the Globe's world premiere musical Bright Star, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. After the performance, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner catered by Giuseppe's Fine Catering and dancing to the music of the 15-piece Cab Calloway Orchestra, led by Cab's grandson, Calloway Brooks, on the Copley Plaza.

Lead Underwriters were Audrey Geisel/Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Darlene Marcos Shiley, and Vicki and Carl Zeiger. Additional Underwriters included Lisa and Steve Altman, Pam and Jerry Cesak, Karen and Don Cohn, Peter Cooper and Norman Blachford, Elizabeth Dewberry, Nina and Bob Doede, Pam Farr and Buford Alexander, Karen Fox, Pam and Hal Fuson, Elaine and Leonard Hirsch, Jo Ann Kilty, Carmela and Miguel Koenig, Sheila and Jeff Lipinsky, Barbara and Dr. Howard Milstein, Neiman Marcus, Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner, Gillian and Tony Thornley, ViaSat, Pam Wagner and Hans Tegebo, Lynne and Steve Wheeler, Sheryl and Harvey White, and Emma and Leo Zuckerman. VIP Table Hosts were Elaine and Dave Darwin, Ann Davies and Karin Winner, and Kathy and John Hattox. Additional Table Hosts included Hanna and Mark Gleiberman, Deni Jacobs, Sue and Duff Sanderson and Steve and Laura Embry, Sycuan Casino, Torrey Pines Bank, Transition Opportunity Fund at the San Diego Foundation, and June Yoder.

We proudly thank our dedicated and generous Co-Chairs, Underwriters, and Table Hosts for contributing to the 2015 Globe Gala, ensuring that it was a spectacular event.

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2015 Old Globe Gala in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein; Gala Co-Chairs and Board members Jo Ann Kilty, Pamela Cesak, and Vicki L. Zeiger; and Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Carmen Cusack performs for Gala guests. Photo by Douglas Gates.

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(from left) Season Sponsor Sheryl White, Iris Strauss, Hilit Edelstein, and Season Sponsor Karen Cohn. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Board Chair and Season Sponsor Elaine Darwin, Board member Karen Tanz, Linda Howard, Season Sponsor Dave Darwin, and Board member and Season Sponsor Peter Cooper. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Board member Lynne Wheeler, Circle Patron Steve Wheeler, Katherine Kennedy and Glenn Bourgeois. Photo by Douglas Gates.

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(from left) Board members Margi Sargis, Jo Ann Kilty, and Jordine Von Wantoch and Circle Patrons Leonard Hirsch and Barbara Hoffer. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(clockwise from far left) Board member and Season Sponsor Ann Davies, Cristina and Thomas Hahn, Dr. Joyce Gattas, Deborah Szekely, Jay Hill, and Circle Patrons Paul Scott Silvera and Todd Schultz. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Board member Ann Steck, Cab Calloway Orchestra bandleader Calloway Brooks, Hilit Edelstein, Dr. Joyce Gattas, and Circle Patron Nancy Spector. Photo by Douglas Gates.

Keep the Party Going with a Globe Experience!

Globe Experiences help support the 2015 Globe Gala, help contribute to the theatre's artistic and education mission, and give you a unique experience to interact with Globe actors, artists, and crew members!

Host an Onstage Dinner for 30 at The Old Globe – $25,000
Give your party a night to remember with a fully catered, private 3-course seated dinner on the Globe Theatre's Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
(5 available. Group limited to 30 people. Catering, wine, floral & rental credit of $6,000. Donor may upgrade & cover additional expense. Subject to theatre availability. Fair-market value is $6,000.)

Your Name Engraved in Stone on the Globe's Copley Plaza – $10,000
Etch your name into Globe history with a gift to support artistic and education programs. Your name will be engraved the outer rings of the engraved pavers oustide the entrance to the Globe and White Theatres of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.
(10 available. Names only, with options of "In loving memory" or "In honor." No phrases, other text or logos. Some limitations on text length & number of rows. Fair-market value is Priceless.)

Sponsor 20 Local Children to Enjoy a "Kids Day at the Grinch"! – $7,500
Give the gift of "Grinchmas" to 20 San Diego County children in need. Join the kids in an exclusive Grinch-y lunch in the Globe Board Room and Terrace prior to a performance of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Also includes a private backstage and costume shop tour, a visit with the Grinch, and children's activities.
(1 available. Catering & tickets for 20 children plus yourself. Board room rental credit of $4,000. Subject to ticket, Board Room, & transportation availability. Fair-market value is $4,000.)

Walk-On Role in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – $7,500
Give 1 adult or child a chance to shine onstage in a walk-on role during 2015's beloved holiday classic, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Enjoy a full set of activities around your performance, including 4 VIP show tickets; cast rehearsal; personal costume fitting; private backstage tour; photos with cast members and more!
(3 available. Ages 9 & older. Must be available for prior costume fitting & scheduled rehearsal; must follow instructions of stage manager & staff; walk-on date subject to November ticket & crew availability. Fair-market value is $795.)

Private Edition of Barry Edelstein's Thinking Shakespeare Live! – $5,000
Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will present a 1-hour version of his immensely popular program Thinking Shakespeare Live! to your group, in the comfort of your home, clubhouse or other private venue of your choice.
(2 available. Group limited to 24 people. This event will featuring only Mr. Edelstein; no actors. Venue subject to Globe approval; must take place in San Diego County. Subject to Artistic Director’s schedule & availability. Fair-market value is Priceless.)

VIP Experience at the Globe's New Voices Festival (All 3 Readings & Dinner) – $3,000
In its third annual New Voices Festival on January 14-17, 2016, the Globe presents 3 staged readings of exciting new plays by promising young playwrights. You and your guests will be invited to enjoy a complete experience that includes meeting all of the playwrights and VIP tickets for all 3 onstage readings. Plus, you will be invited to the closing celebration dinner with all 3 playwrights and Globe artistic staff on January 17, 2016.
(3 available. For 4 people. Valid for all 3 readings. New Voices Festival takes place January 14-17, 2016. Fair-market value is $340.)

Rehearsal with Artistic Director Barry Edelstein & Lunch with Managing Director Michael Murphy – $2,500
You and a guest will join Artistic Director Barry Edelstein during a rehearsal for his upcoming world-premiere musical Rain, based on Somerset Maugham’s short story. Your exclusive sneak-peek will be followed with private lunch with Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy at the Prado.
(3 available. Rehearsals to occur in Spring 2016. Subject to availability of Artistic & Managing Directors. Fair-market value is $140.)

"Globe For All" Rehearsal with Rob Melrose & Lunch with Artistic Director Barry Edelstein – $2,500
Globe for All brings live Shakespeare to audiences who are normally unable to attend a professional production at venues including community centers, retirement homes, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities. You and a guest will join director Rob Melrose, helming this year's Globe For All tour of Much Ado About Nothing, for a rehearsal of the show. You will then enjoy lunch with Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein at The Prado.
(4 available. Rehearsal visit to take place before November 10, 2015. Globe For All performances run from November 10-22, 2015. Subject to availability of Globe For All director & Artist Director. Fair-market value is $140.)

Post-Show Cocktails & Desserts with Cast – $1,500
Enjoy an intimate and exclusive brush with stars as your party of 4 will receive VIP tickets to attend a performance of In Your Arms, The Metromaniacs, The Last Match, or Constellations, followed by a private cocktail and dessert reception with the cast in the Lipinsky Family Suite.
(8 available. Subject to availability. Valid for 4 people. Offer expires May 8, 2016. Fair-market value is $500.)

Lunch & Learn about Play & Musical Development – $1,500
Enjoy a 2-hour lunch with Globe Associate Producer Eric Louie and Literary Manager and Dramaturg Danielle Mages Amato, as they talk with you about play-development: the germination of a new work; development through readings and workshops; collaborative editing; dramaturgical support; casting; rehearsals; design; and final on-stage production.
(3 available. For 2 people. Expires December 31, 2015. Fair-market value is $140.)

Dance Rehearsal & Meal with In Your Arms Choreographer – $1,000
Attend an In Your Arms dance rehearsal and enjoy a meal with the show's Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer, Christopher Gattelli.
(1 available. 2 people. Rehearsal & meal subject strictly to artist availability & schedule. Fair-market value is $140.)

Special Appearance by the Grinch & Reading of the Seuss Holiday Classic at Your Child's School – $1,000
Make your child the class hero by bringing "the Grinch" himself to school. The class will also enjoy a private reading of Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic to be read by a Globe teaching artist, bringing to life this touching story with Mr. Grinch's every scowl and grimace. A non-speaking, costumed "Grinch" (not the stage version) will be present.
(6 available. Subject to availability & restricted to San Diego County schools only. Non-speaking Grinch actor used for this event. Offer expires 12/18/15. Fair-market value is Priceless.)

Join the Crew Backstage during the 2015-16 Season – $1,000
Spend one performance shadowing a crew member backstage during a show in the 2015-16 season. Watch as this intricate, elaborate and complex production unfolds backstage to create the theatrical magic you see from your seats in the house.
(2 available. For 1 person. Valid during the 2015-16 Winter season. Subject to crew, staff & ticket availability. Fair-market value is Priceless.)

Artist Meet & Greet/First Rehearsal Experience – $500
Enjoy unprecedented access to the Globe's creative process while you meet a production's cast on their first day; attend the design presentation; and listen to the first read-through.
(5 available. For 4 people. Choose a show from the 2015-16 Winter season. Fair-market value is Priceless.)

Join the Tech Crew for a Day & Help Paint a Set – $500
Spend the day in The Old Globe's Technical Center with Charge Scenic Artist Carol Payette, and help Carol paint a set for an upcoming play or musical. Package includes a box lunch with Carol and Technical Director Ben Thoron, plus a private tour of the Technical Center.
(5 available. For 2 people. Subject to schedule & availability. Expires July 25, 2016. Fair-market value is $60.)

MFA Shakespeare Rehearsal Visit, Show Tickets & Lunch with Directors Richard Seer & Justin Waldman – $500
You and a guest will spend up to 2 hours watching the Old Globe/USD Master of Fine Arts students rehearse Shakespeare's As You Like It, and have lunch at The Prado with award-winning director Richard Seer, USD's Director of Professional Training, and Globe Associate Producer and director of As You Like It, Justin Waldman. You will also receive 2 tickets for any performance of the MFA production during its run at the Globe.
(5 available. For 2 people. Offer for rehearsal visit expires November 13, 2015. Performances of As You Like It run from November 14-22, 2015. Fair-market value is $140.)

For 2016 Gala sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eileen Prisby, Events Director, at (619) 694-4146 or
To purchase a 2015 Globe Experience, please contact Rico Zamora, Development Assistant, at (619) 684-4145 or