Director Biography

Craig Noel

Craig Noel

Born in New Mexico in 1915, Noel came to San Diego as a child. He was associated with The Old Globe since its community-theatre inception in 1937 and guided the organization through its metamorphosis from a community theatre of the highest standards to one of the nation's most successful not-for profit theatres.

Noel made his Globe debut as an actor in 1937. Two years later he accepted his first directorial assignments, staging four of the season's seven productions.

In 1948, the San Diego Junior Theatre Wing of the Old Globe Theatre was established at the suggestion of Noel. With instructors and facilities provided under the Old Globe’s stewardship, Irma Fraser McPherson directed the organizations first groups of students.

In association with San Diego State University, Noel established the world-renowned Shakespeare Festival at the Globe in 1949.

During Craig Noel's distinguished career with The Old Globe, the much-honored director staged over 225 productions of all styles and periods.

Among Noel's other innovations were Globe Educational Tours and the Play Discovery Program, which began in 1974.

He guided the theatre's transformation to professional status in 1959, establishing it as the oldest continuing, professional not-for-profit theatre in California.

Craig Noel