Director Biography

Roberta Wells-Famula

Roberta Wells-Famula has served as Director of Education at The Old Globe since 2006, developing and managing audience engagement programs for all ages. She has overseen the implementation of Globe Readers, Globe Honors, the Summer Shakespeare Intensive (for which she serves as producer), the Middle School Conservatory, Theatre Tots, and has expanded the Free Student Matinee program, and developed the curriculum for the Globe's participation in the School in the Park program. She oversaw the first Sensory-Friendly performance of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Her community outreach work led to the development of Emancipated, a short play written by young people whose lives have been shaped by their experiences in the Foster care system.

Prior to joining The Old Globe, she was Education Director at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre and has worked with AEMS (Arts Education in Maryland Schools) focusing on Arts in Education advocacy, and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (MD) where she developed their Artist/Teacher training seminars.

She has acted and directed in theatres across the country and has worked as a Teaching Artist for the Baltimore Symphony, Harwelden Institute, Chesapeake Academy, and independently for over 30 years.

Directing credits include: Heart Problems, (NYC); Lysistrata, (Annapolis, MD); Blithe Spirit; Prelude to a Kiss; A Christmas Carol; The Music Man; Anne of Green Gables; Foxfire; Eleemosynary; Cheaper by the Dozen; Feliz Navidad; Burn This; Clementine’s Christmas (Tulsa, OK); It’s Cool in the Furnace (Chicago, IL); Safety Kids (NJ); The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See… (CA)