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Director Craig Noel dies at 94

Director Craig Noel dies at 94

Craig Noel, the founding director of San Diego's Old Globe who established a vital regional community theater that eventually became a Tony Award-winning font of dramatic productions bound for Broadway, has died. He was 94.
Noel, who began his career as an actor before becoming a director and producer, died of natural causes Saturday at his home in San Diego, the Old Globe announced.
He had been a fixture at the Globe since 1937, when as a 22-year-old actor he joined the playhouse troupe and landed a part in "The Distaff Side."
He directed his first play at the theater in 1939, Edwin Justus Mayer's "Firebrand."
Built as a temporary structure for the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park in 1935, the Globe grew into a beloved community theater staging Shakespeare and other works.
Under Noel's direction, the Globe became the first professional Actors' Equity theater on the West Coast in 1949 with the debut of the San Diego National Shakespeare Festival.


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:41 GMT+08:00