Globe Guilders is the volunteer auxiliary of The Old Globe. Its members are dedicated men and women who love the theater and generously give their time, effort and financial support to the artistic and arts engagement programs of this iconic San Diego institution. It is organized by and exists under authority of the Board of Directors of The Old Globe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, tax identification number 95-1543396.
To promote the artistic and arts engagement community programs of The Old Globe.
- To provide funds toward the artistic, arts engagement, education and community programs of The Old Globe.
- To promote membership in the theatre and attendance at theatre productions.
- To encourage service by members in the various volunteer activities essential to the operation and growth of The Old Globe.
Craig Noel, The Old Globe’s founding Artistic Director, was a visionary. One of his dreams was to establish a women’s auxiliary that would support The Old Globe, so he turned to his friend, Irma Macpherson. She had founded the Junior Theatre Wing of The Old Globe (later known as San Diego Junior Theatre), and she knew The Old Globe well, having performed on its stage. She was also a prominent woman in San Diego’s cultural community, featured frequently on the social pages of local newspapers.
The Globe Guilders organization was founded in 1955, and the group began to grow very quickly. They hosted 12 opening night dinners a year, six of them black-tie. Invitations were all hand-addressed. From the beginning, Guilders took an active role in theatre education, promoting Shakespeare scholarships for young actors in the summer. The energetic women staffed the box office, sewed costumes, found student housing and raised funds with their own talent show, “Cabaret.”
Since 1991, Globe Guilders have presented an elegant couture fashion show each year. Originally titled “Oscar in Autumn” in honor of designer Oscar de la Renta, the name of the annual fashion show has evolved over the years into Celebrating Couture as other designers replaced de la Renta following the designer’s long run with the Guilders. Recent shows have showcased the beautiful designs of Naeem Khan and Monique Lhuillier. This “must see” event raises significant funds for The Old Globe.
Globe Guilders are seemingly everywhere. You can find them volunteering in the costume shop, the education department, and at special events such as Balboa Park’s December Nights. In addition, members provide financial support and often mentor the graduate students in the The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre program.
Globe Guilders possess passion for theatre, dedication to volunteerism, a sense of style, and love of camaraderie. Now over 60 years old, the organization is strong and resilient.