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
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. Free and open to the public, August 17-18, 2019.
Don Rothman Talkbacks
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.
2019 Pre-show discussions dates coming soon.
2019 Post-show audience/actor talkbacks coming soon.
Bookshop Santa Cruz Preview Night
SCS Season Preview at Bookshop Santa Cruz — Free event — June 10 at 7pm
Join Artistic Director Mike Ryan at Bookshop Santa Cruz for a preview of the 2019 Summer Season festival. 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.
SCS SESSIONS 2019
Q&A events, meet the directors, actors and creative team. Free to the public.
• SPOTLIGHT on DIRECTORS & DESIGNERS – Monday, July 1 at The Nick 12-1pm, Q&A featuring directors & designers from the 2019 season.
• LITERARY SALON – Tuesday, July 16 at The SC Downtown Library from 6-7pm
featuring SCS Textual Consultant and UCSC Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Warren.
• ACTORS CONNECT – Friday, July 19 at The Nick 12-1pm, Q&A featuring actors from the season’s company.
• NEXGEN: The Intern Co. – Friday, August 16 12-1pm, Q&A featuring our intern company.
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 2019 Season free ticket production is for the Shakespeare play is The Comedy of Errors.
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.