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.


Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses
Join actors, scholars, and friends for ten live readings and discussions focused on the plays about a divided society and a civil war that made Shakespeare famous in the London theater. Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses is a public arts and humanities series co-produced by Santa Cruz Shakespeare, UCSC Shakespeare Workshop, and The Humanities Institute that focused on Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III. For more information visit

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!

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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.

2021 Pre-show discussions dates coming soon.

2021 Post-show audience/actor talkbacks coming soon.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Preview Night

SCS Season Preview at Bookshop Santa Cruz — Free event — June 2021 dates coming soon!

Join Artistic Director Mike Ryan at Bookshop Santa Cruz for a preview of the 2021 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

Q&A events, meet the directors, actors and creative team. Free to the public. 2021 session dates coming soon!

• SPOTLIGHT on DIRECTORS & DESIGNERS – Q&A featuring directors & designers from the 2021 season.

• LITERARY SALON featuring SCS Textual Consultant and UCSC Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Warren.

• ACTORS CONNECT Q&A featuring actors from the season’s company.

• NEXGEN: The Intern CoQ&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 2021 Season free ticket production information is coming soon!

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.

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