Educators Day March 16 at UCSC Arboretum – Registration Closed

Educators Day is built to provide teachers with tools and lesson plans to gain confidence and strategies for teaching Shakespeare in the classroom and beyond; this includes direct lesson plans for SCS’s Student Matinee Program. Attending Educators Day is a great way to get prepared for our Matinee Week starting in late August 2019.

Thank you to everyone who registered! Registration is currently closed. 
Questions? Contact us at or 831-460-6396 x5.

Educators Day is sponsored in partnership with Shakespeare Workshop, a program sponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz.


Educator’s Day: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Horticulture II Meeting Hall at the UCSC Arboretum, Empire Grade, Santa Cruz
Focus on activity and project-based experiences for educators. Includes study guides, lesson plans, and artistic presentations with a focus on Shakespeare.

11-11:15AM Welcome

11:15-12PM Scansion, verse, and text work with Artistic Director Mike Ryan.

Mike Ryan (Santa Cruz Shakespeare Artistic Director; actor) first came to Santa Cruz in 1997 to play Silvius in As You Like It and Piotr in The Forest at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. That season launched a long career with SSC; he appeared in over 35 productions with the company before it was closed at the end of 2013. Along with Marco Barricelli and the Shakespeare Play On Board of Directors, he founded Santa Cruz Shakespeare in early 2014 and served as Co-Artistic Director for the new non-profit theatre company in its inaugural year before taking over as sole Artistic Director at the end of that season.

12-12:15PM Break

12:15-1PM “Creative Collaging for Set and Costume Design,” an artistic exploration of color, tone, and expression to inspire design elements for a stage production presented by Aimee Zygmonski

Aimee Zygmonski has been the managing director at SCS since its inception as an independent nonprofit in 2014. She has worked as an arts administrator at various institutions including La Jolla Playhouse, the Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Roundabout Theatre Company. Prior to heading the administrative side of SCS, she was a professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She moonlights as a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, has taught at UC San Diego, where she received her PhD, and most recently, taught crochet and cooking to 4th graders, her hardest teaching gig yet.

1-1:45PM Lunch provided

1:45-2:45PM “Authorship and the Early Modern Playwriting Process,” with an acting activity on cue scripts presented by Katie O’Hare.

Katie O’Hare has a PGCE in English for secondary and five years of teaching experience from her time working as a teacher of English and Drama in the UK, Ethiopia, and Uganda. She directed productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, as well as some selected scenes from other early modern plays such as Beaumont & Fletcher’s Knight of the Burning Pestle and Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy. Katie completed a Master’s degree at King’s College London University and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in 2017, where she specialized in early modern publication and book history and editing.

2:45-3PM Break

3-4PM “What was Shakespeare like as a Teenager? Understanding the Early Modern English Teenager to Supplement the Teaching of Romeo and Juliet” with Ethan Halter

Ethan Halter has been teaching high school English in and around the Bay Area since 2006. He currently teaches at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto where he has been teaching since 2011. In 2016, Ethan took a leave to do a Master’s degree in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College, London and at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre after which he spent one year teaching at an International School in Kampala, Uganda where he co-directed a production of The Tempest.