Park Profiles: Meet Crescent Jakubs!

Cassie Kaawaloa Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, One Park - One Team, Park Profiles

Crescent is the Facilities Director at The Old Globe. Having joined The Old Globe and the Park only a year ago, he’s made a significant impact on The Old Globe’s sustainable practices and is an active contributor to “greening” Balboa Park. His experience and best practices ensure functionality, comfort, safety and efficiency of each of The Old Globe’s theaters.

How did you become the facilities director for The Old Globe?
I was living in Oregon a few years ago and saw the job listing and applied. I was out of state at the time and didn’t get the position, but I then became the facilities manager at Fairbanks Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe. I love Balboa Park, the museums and the community events, so when I saw the job opening was posted again I went for it and here I am!

What do you like most about working with The Old Globe?
Well first, I get to work in Balboa Park which is like it’s own community. I like the aspect of being in the heart of San Diego and being a part of making it a better place. I like music and I like the arts, so working at The Globe where the center of our motive is bringing the arts to people every day feels really good and inspiring. I also love getting to work with and meet all the awesome and creative people that put together the exhibits and costumes and sets. I consider myself an environmentalist, and so I also enjoy being able to be a part of the team here that is working to make Balboa Park more green and sustainable. Balboa Park is kind of like an open blueprint for sustainable practices so it’s great to be on the ground working with the team to make that shift.

What are your favorite events or shows?
Working behind the scenes lets me get involved with all of the shows, meetings and committees that are involved with The Globe, so I’ve seen every single show  in our theatres. My favorite show has to be Uncle Vanya, it was written more than 100 years ago but it’s still so relevant and real today. And I love the musicals.

What is the most interesting part of your job?
The most interesting part I would say are the dynamics of The Globe. There’s so much energy and moving pieces which is kind of neat, and the people that work there are all so passionate which is a great thing to be a part of.

With America Recycles Day taking place in the month of November, could you share some ways The Old Globe is becoming more green?
Like most places we’ve implemented LED lighting, and since I’ve been there we’ve also been able to upgrade the landscaping equipment. I had the opportunity and the budget to implement low-water usage equipment for our landscaping to conserve water and resources. Our most recent projects used sustainably-sourced materials that were either made with 80% recycled materials or were recyclable. The Old Globe’s Pub now also uses reusable cups for guests to use each time they visit instead of the typical disposable cups.

What is your favorite story/quirk about the Park?
My favorite quirk about Balboa Park is all of them. The Park is kind of built in pieces so you walk through and you notice there are different themes and chunks of history that come together. There are artists making their own murals and naturalists building gardens. It’s like a compilation of different artistic expressions.

What do you like to do outside of working here in the Park?
I spend a lot of time in nature, especially with my kids. I have a cabin in Palomar Mountain so  that lets us get away from the city for a while to enjoy nature and the simpler things.

Favorite book, TV show, movie, song?
I’m not a TV fan but I do love documentaries! My favorite book is John Muir’s, “My First Summer in the Sierra”, and I love folk rock and any of Bob Marley’s music.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I guess I never thought too much about it as a kid, but I always knew that I wanted to work with people. I always wanted to travel the world and meet and work with different people.

What is your favorite spot in Balboa Park?
I like to visit Spanish Village and the Marston House for a nice walk and a little getaway. The Marston House is a bit of a hike but there are plenty of spots around the Park where I can read. The log benches under the Pine tree in Spanish Village are the perfect place to read and relax in the shade.