Artistic Director’s Welcome


Mike Ryan, Artistic Director

2016 marks the beginning of our third year as an independent non-profit, and the 35th year of Shakespeare performed in an evocative outdoor environment that only Santa Cruz can provide.

One of the wonderful things about theatre, and the reincarnation of this Shakespeare Festival specifically, has been the opportunity to examine old ways of thinking and performing and to take bold new directions. Self-examination and change have provided other opportunities as well. We have embraced gender equity in the acting company, finding a better way of telling stories that are inclusive and designed for a 21st century audience. Students 18 and under qualify for a free ticket. We have a successful new financial model. We are raising money to build a new outdoor theater, one that will provide us with a great deal more opportunity and flexibility than we have ever enjoyed.

I look forward to the busy months ahead, and welcome you to become part of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare community, if you have not joined already. Play on!

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


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


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.


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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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