Shakespeare in the Community

Santa Cruz Shakespeare offers many events throughout the year that provide educational opportunities for the Santa Cruz Community. SCS commits to maintain a consistent engagement with all our audience members, and remain dedicated to developing dynamic, new programs that will delight and challenge our community, both artistically and intellectually.

Key Programs in the Community:

Weekend with Shakespeare & Educator's Day

One weekend in August, SCS teams up with Shakespeare Workshop, a collaboration of faculty and students at UCSC, to host a symposium about the Shakespeare plays in our season. Performances of the plays are enhanced by panel discussions, lectures by esteemed drama and literature scholars, hands-on workshops with artists, and open-forum discussions. In addition, “Educator’s Day” offers a one-day training workshop to provide educators the tools, strategies, and lesson plans through visceral experiences in the instruction of Shakespeare.

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Don Rothman Talkbacks

Our third preview performance features a pre-show discussion with the director and designers of a production to learn about the genesis and evolution of the/their artistic concept.

Every Saturday matinee in August, post-show discussions bring audience members face to face with their favorite actors to ask questions about the performance and the details of the production they have just enjoyed.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Preview Night

2018 date coming soon!

Join Artistic Director Mike Ryan for a preview of the 2018 Summer Season at the Audrey Stanley Grove. We’ll discuss the season’s plays, including artistic content and production influences, and share some early design ideas including costume rendering and a set model.


Free Talks at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Join our season’s dramaturgs for discussions about the season’s productions! Gain insight in to the play prior to seeing them in The Grove.

2018 dates coming soon!

Noon at the Nick

Held on Fridays at noon (2018 dates coming soon) at the Nickelodeon Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz, Noon at the Nick is a series of brown bag lunch discussions that bring community members together with artists from each of the season’s productions for discussions about the artistic process and a sneak peak at what each production has in store.

Free Youth Tickets

Each year, SCS provides a free groundling ticket to one of its Shakespeare plays to audience members 18 and younger with the purchase of any adult groundling ticket. The 2018 Season free ticket production is for the Shakespeare comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Free Seats for Community Organizations

As a way of saying “thank you” to all the hard-working community organizations in Santa Cruz County, SCS provides six free tickets each performance to social service organizations and other non-profits as a way of saying thank you for the important work they do for the Santa Cruz Community. This year, our goal is to give away over 300 tickets. If you would like to suggest an organization or receive tickets, please email us. We’d love to thank you for all you do!


Every year, SCS hires a group of 12 – 20 interns in all areas of production, including acting, directing, stage management, administration, and design. Interns are undergraduates or immediate post-grads who spend the summer working beside master artisans throughout the SCS season, participate in master classes with seasoned artists, and produce their own “Fringe” production on the outdoor stage. Our interns hail from both East and West Coasts, from undergrad and graduate theatre training programs, and two very talented high school students from Santa Cruz area high schools. Visit our internship page for more information.