Artistic Director’s Welcome


Mike Ryan, Artistic Director

Welcome to Santa Cruz Shakespeare!

Love refuses to be controlled in our 2018 season. The scintillating word-play and battle of the sexes in Love’s Labour’s Lost, the heart-breaking beauty of Romeo and Juliet, and the sexy thrills of David Ives’ Venus in Fur all await you under the stars and eucalyptus trees. Picnic with panoramic views of Monterey Bay, sip on a glass of wine, and enjoy our productions with your amazing community.

This year, SCS will celebrate two very important milestones. The first is our FIFTH ANNIVERSARY as a forward-funded, independent non-profit theatre company. The past five years have given us so much to celebrate, including world-class productions and a new home in the beautiful Audrey Stanley Grove at Upper DeLaveaga Park.

The second is our brand-new education program: Student Matinee Week! After our regular season closes on September 2nd, 2018, our professional production of Romeo and Juliet will remain open for four student-only matinee performances September 4-7. Our goal is to ensure that every single high school student in Santa Cruz County has seen a live, professional production of one of Shakespeare’s plays by the time they graduate.

My foremost hope is that you will join us, along with your friends and neighbors, for some of the greatest stories ever told this summer. It would also mean the world to me if you would consider becoming a part of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare family by becoming a member. Your gift not only supports the kind of art that makes Santa Cruz an incredible place to live, but also funds wonderful education and outreach programs that bring art to everyone.

See you in the Grove!


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

Lane Jouvet
Marketing Director

Hal Day
Production Manager

Sue Dormanen
Company Manager

Alexandra Schroeder
Membership and Education 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
Sara Koehring

Honorary Director

Audrey Stanley