Prince for a day: Prince Philip visits Mason Gross Theater students

Mason Gross Theater Arts students at Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe in London are keeping distinguished company these days: On November 10, they met Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip is a patron of the Shakespeare Globe Trust, an educational charity associated with the theater. Prince Philip was present to officially open the Globe’s Sackler Studios, a converted warehouse featuring studios, offices and spaces for students and actors in Southeast London.

Prince Philip also observed the students' movement class and spoke with the 13 BFA III actors from Rutgers. They are spending a year in an immersion program treading the boards alongside master theater artists in a venue committed to William Shakespeare’s work and the legendary 16th-century playhouse for which he wrote. 

Mason Gross alum Jennifer Monaco is director-in-residence of Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe. She was present at the event and praised the prince’s affability.

“He walks in the room, and he is just another human being,” Monaco said.

Prince Philip may have come off like an Everyman, but his arrival did not go unnoticed among the Mason Gross School actors in London.

Prince Philip’s presence “created a buzz that made us as a class want to step up,” student Sam Roberts said.

"The students wanted to do a good job," Monaco added. "They knew they'd been asked to participate in a very special day. They are part of the Globe Education department and wanted to do them proud."

Besides, Monaco said, "How often does an American university student get to hang out with royalty?"

More information about Globe Education is available here.