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Press Release



SAN DIEGO (June 15, 2010)—Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the opening of a permanent exhibit of photos in celebration of The Old Globe’s 75th anniversary.  Located in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center and the Old Globe Theatre lobby, the exhibit uses photographs and graphics to present images of the Globe’s 75 years including the many artists who have worked both on and off the stage.  The exhibit is comprised of four parts:  “Bringing Art to Life,” “Lineage of the Globe,” “Artists of the Globe” and “History of the Globe.”  Curated and designed by Llance Bower, the exhibit includes more than 150 images, custom wall-mounted illustrations, motion-activated digital picture frames and lenticular printing that allows images to change when viewed from different angles.

“As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Old Globe we thought it important to create a permanent visual display which highlights the theater and its artists, and gives the theater lover a better understanding of the art and craft of theater and the origins of the art form,” said Spisto.

The largest portion of the exhibit is located in the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center and focuses upon the history of theater as an art form, the Globe’s artists and its rich history.  “Lineage of the Globe” features custom illustrations by costume designer Anna Oliver and a narrative by Cynthia Caywood, Ph.D., and David Hay, Ph.D. which explores the historical highlights of Western theater.  “Artists of the Globe” is a visual journey illustrating the exceptional men and women who created the Globe’s productions from directors and dramaturgs to actors and designers.  “History of the Globe” is a collection of more than 50 mounted photos and digital frames representing the Globe’s 75-year history and historical and cultural significance.

Located in the Old Globe Theatre lobby, “Bringing Art to Life” takes a look at the theater’s skilled production team that creates the sets, costumes and props for productions ranging from intimate dramas to large scale classical theater and musicals.  The display features the photography of Jeff Wiant who has captured engaging behind-the-scenes images of the Globe’s artisans at work.

The exhibit can be viewed by the public as part of the Globe’s regularly scheduled “Behind the Scenes” tours.  The 90-minute tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and cost $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.  No reservations are necessary.  Group tours can be scheduled for selected weekdays.  For more information, or to book a tour, please contact Kim Montelibano Heil at (619) 231-1941, ext. 2145 or

Funding for the exhibit has been provided in part by the California Cultural and Historical Endowment which contributed to the Globe’s capital campaign that raised funds for the building of the new Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

LOCATION:  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.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit

CALENDARKing Lear (6/12-9/23), The Madness of George III (6/19-9/24), The Taming of the Shrew (6/16- 9/26), Robin and the 7 Hoods (7/14-8/22), The Last Romance (7/30-9/5).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 75 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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