The Old Globe has launched Creative Youth Studio (CYS) on three school campuses in the City Heights, Wilson Middle School, Clark Middle School, and Hoover High School. Funded by Price Philanthropies, CYS provides opportunities for students to express themselves, socialize, and achieve academic success through in-school classes and after school clubs centered on theatre as a tool for community building and creative exploration. Students will have the opportunity to learn performance skills, technical theatre skills, script writing, and visual art.

“It is my personal mission to make theatre matter to more youth in San Diego,” shared Lisel Gorell-Getz, Associate Director of Arts Engagement Learning at The Old Globe. “In my role, I see the incredible impact our dedicated teaching artists are having in classrooms. Not only are they building confidence and forging meaningful relationships with students, they’re also encouraging creative development in youth that welcomes them to participate in the arts in ways they may not have imagined.”

Check out the exciting opportunities for youth at each school site:

  • Wilson Middle School: Two in-Class Residency teaching artists and classroom teachers are working with students on projects and activities for the school production of The Lion King. After-School, students attend weekly Drama Club meetings to learn technical theatre and performance skills that promote student leadership in the arts and create opportunities for student-led theatre productions and activities.
  • Clark Middle School: An In-Class Residency teaching artist worked with all 6th grade English classes each Tuesday for the month of October. In November, the focus is on the 2nd period English Language Development Newcomer class for the remainder of the residency. Through after-School Drama Club meetings, students will build theatre skills based on collaboration, communication, and creativity.

 “The Old Globe has had a presence in the City Heights community for years with our annual free Globe for All performance at the City Heights Performance Annex and as community collaborators for Día de Muertos celebrations,” Shared Lisel Gorell-Getz. “Partnering with Price Philanthropies on Creative Youth Studio residency programs at the City Heights schools gives us the chance to light the spark of creativity, collaboration, and curiosity in a new generation of theatre makers and future community leaders.”