Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Education Programming


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCS has decided to postpone our 2020 Season and Student Matinee Week until 2021, when we can safely gather again in The Grove theater.

In the meantime, we are producing educational materials about Shakespeare and his plays over the next few months! Please check out lesson plans and videos below. 

Stay tuned for the fall when we will launch our “Behind The Scenes” with SCS to learn more about how a theater company runs. This video series will include interviews with dramaturgs, theater admin, directors, designers, and actors.

If you would like to read our official postponement announcement from Artistic Director Mike Ryan, you can view it HERE.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

~ Alexi Carr, Education Coordinator

Education Materials on TWELFTH NIGHT


Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses was a public arts and humanities series co-produced by Santa Cruz Shakespeare, UCSC Shakespeare Workshop, and The Humanities Institute. It brought professional actors and scholars together with the public for a staged reading and discussion of the works that made Shakespeare famous in the London theater. As a young writer at the start of his career, Shakespeare explored ambitions, rivalries, and passions that swept away the dynasty that had reigned in England for more than four centuries. Over the course of ten sessions, we immersed ourselves in these rarely performed plays—in Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III—and reflected on them both as points of departure for Shakespeare’s career and as a mirror for the times in which we live.

Sessions were free to the public, and broadcasted live over zoom. These sessions were not recorded.

CLICK HERE for more information including dramaturgical resources and past playbills for Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses.

Additional Resources:

Link to SCS 2018 Student Matinee Week Video Short –see the excitement of our kick-off education program!

Lesson plans and resources on one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies!


Get the low down on Shakespeare’s most iconic love story, details, lesson plans & activities!

School Testimonials:

The students loved seeing such a high level professional performance so up close and personal. They particularly enjoyed the talk back with the actors, and asked impressively thoughtful questions.
~ SLVUSD Charter-Quail Hollow Integrated Arts

“Students loved the play! They already understood the plot, characters, and time period of Shakespeare. They easily followed the play, and became excited by the amazing costumes and acting.”
~ Watsonville Charter School of the Arts

“They loved how the actors interacted with the audience.”
~ North Monterey County High School

“The students LOVED watching Shakespeare’s language come to life. For the freshman – it is a preview of the play they will read in English class. For the Advanced Drama students – it was a chance to see professionals act (and get some pointers!).”
~ Los Gatos High School



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For more information or to ask questions, please contact Alexi Carr, Education Coordinator, at