Artistic Director’s Welcome

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Mike Ryan, Artistic Director

Welcome to Santa Cruz Shakespeare and our 2017 season!

Last year, we got to celebrate the opening of our brand new outdoor theater, The Audrey Stanley Grove, at Upper DeLaveaga Park.  Built in record time and with overwhelming support and enthusiasm of our donors, patrons, and the City of Santa Cruz, The Grove played host to a wildly successful season enjoyed by thousands.  This year, we turn our attention to creating new summer traditions at The Grove for generations of audiences, both from Santa Cruz and abroad.  Take advantage of the Boyle Family picnic glade, with its sweeping views of Monterey Bay, enjoy our groundling box seats with your family or a group of friends, bring a child under 18 to see The Two Gentlemen of Verona for free with a paid adult ticket, revel in Family Matinees for children under the age of six, and, as always, enjoy the highest quality professional theatre in an unmatched outdoor setting.  The Grove celebrates the power of community, and we want it to be your favorite place to see the works of Shakespeare and other amazing playwrights.

This year’s season is shaping up beautifully with suspenseful thrills, hilarious comedy, and deeply relevant political drama.  I invite you to join your fellow community members in The Grove, and to become a member of Santa Cruz Shakespeare if you are not already.  Play on!

 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and our tax ID number is 46-4635444.

Mission

Inspired by Shakespeare, we create and strengthen community by bringing audiences and theater artists together to celebrate stories about our collective humanity.

Vision

We envision a community where generations are increasingly passionate and knowledgeable about Shakespeare and Live theater, a community that engages in active discussion about language and art and reaches for passion, connection, and empowerment.

Values

Bold
We believe in taking risks, charting new territory, and demanding a fearless aesthetic.

Transparent
We commit to clear communication and responsiveness to inquiry in all that we do, from the artistic process and planning to financial management, governance, and operations.

Responsible
We ensure a balance between the financial stability of the organization and artistic risk.

Passionate
We are most passionate about our art, our community, and Shakespeare.

Inclusive
We strive to include the breadth and diversity of our community in our art and organization.

Inquisitive
We continue to learn not only from our artists, but our community; and we encourage our artists and audiences to seek and gain knowledge through the work.

Professional
We are uncompromising in our quest to work with the finest artists, artisans, administrators, and partners for our collaborative process.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and our tax ID number is 46-4635444.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Core Staff

Mike Ryan
Artistic Director

Aimee Zygmonski
Managing Director

Alexis Rossini
Development Director

Lane Jouvet
Marketing Director

Lydia Bushfield
Production Manager

Sue Dormanen
Company Manager

Alexandra Schroeder
Membership and Intern Coordinator

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Board of Directors

Rick Wright, President
Chris Frost, Vice President
Tamara Santos, Secretary
Owen Brown, Treasurer
Bill Richter, Immediate Past President
Margaret Brose
Mark Dammann
Samantha Forde
Julie Fraser
Kent Imai
Renee Winter

Honorary Director

Audrey Stanley