To purchase tickets for the lecture and take advantage of Premium reserved seating for the performances you must call or stop by the UCSC Ticket Office on campus in the Theater Arts Center.

831-459-2159  |  Tuesday through Saturday 12pm - 4pm.

Conference package with Premium performance tickets to both plays:  $116
Conference package only:  $30


Schedule and Location
Weekend with Shakespeare events will be held in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) Building, Room 308.
The DARC building is located to the right of the UCSC Theater Arts parking lot when looking up the hill towards the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen, the location of the performances.  Room 308 is on the third floor, and there is an elevator located in the lobby.
There will be parking attendants in the parking lot each day selling parking permits for $4, which will allow you to park for the Weekend with Shakespeare events and the performance on that day. 
Schedule of Events:
Friday July 25:

12:00 - Arrival and lunch
1:00 - 2:30 - Welcome and First Panel: Sean Keilen discusses As You Like It
2:30 - 3:00 - Break
3:00 - 4:30 – As You Like It discussion continues with Patty Gallagher & Emily Sloan-Pace
4:30 - 7:30 - Break and Dinner - purchased in SCS lobby or on your own
8:00 – The Merry Wives of Windsor evening performance

Saturday July 26:

9:00 - 9:30 - Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 – Second Panel: Kirsten Brandt discusses The Merry Wives of Windsor
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
11:00 - 12:00 – Merry Wives of Windsor discussion continues with Kirsten Brandt, Emily-Sloan Pace, and Michael Warren
12:30 - 1:30 - Break - Lunch available for purchase in SCS lobby
2:00As You Like It matinee
5:00 - Post-Show Discussion with actors in the Glen
End of Event

About our speakers:

Kirsten Brandt is an award-winning playwright, director and producer. She directed the critically acclaimed productions of Legacy of Light, Groundswell, Splitting Infinity, This Wonderful Life and Rabbit Hole at San Jose Repertory Theatre. She has served as the Executive Artistic Director of Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego’s leading Alternative theatre. At Sledgehammer, Brandt produced 23 productions (including nine world premiere and five west coast premieres) and directed 15 productions, garnering numerous “Critic’s Choice” nods and 32 awards (San Diego Critic’s Circle, Backstage West Garland, KPBS Patte Award, San Diego Playbill). Notable productions at Sledgehammer include MacbethThe Dream PlayFurious BloodKnife in the Heart, and Sweet Charity. She was one of the co-founders and curators of DURGA, the Women’s Performance Festival of San Diego in 2000 & 2001. Regionally, she has directed for The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory and Diversionary Theatre. She is the author of the award-winning Berzerkergang, NU, The Waves and The Frankenstein Project. Brandt received a San Diego Critic’s Circle Award for “Creative Achievement” and another for “Outstanding Direction” for The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at The Old Globe. Brandt wrote and directed The Thinning Veil, a telematic, multi-venue, multi-media performance piece which had its world premiere at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she lectures in the Theatre Arts Department. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a proud alumna of the University of California,San Diego.

Patty Gallagher is Professor of Theatre Arts at UC Santa Cruz, and teaches movement, mask, Balinese dance, and clown. Her collaborators include: The Rogue Theatre (where she is an Artistic Associate), Folger Theatre, CalShakes, Ranga Shankara and Jagriti (India), Purnati (Bali), The New Pickle Circus, Ripe Time Theatre, Two River Theatre, Teatro del Cronopio and Grupo Malayerba (Ecuador). Favorite roles include: Red Peter (Kafka’s Monkey), Hoopoe (Conference of the Birds), Winnie (Happy Days), Ranevskaya (Cherry Orchard), Ariel (The Tempest), Orlando (Orlando) and Eve (to Marco Barricelli’s Adam in The Diaries of Adam and Eve). Her directing projects include SSC Fringe shows Tom Jones,Double Bind, The School for Fiance(é)s, Shakes-to-Go’s Twelfth NightKrapp’s Last Tape (with Paul Whitworth), and Girly Chaplin/Sister Keaton. Her choreographic work includes SSC’s Midsummer and The Tempest, and Folger Theatre’sOrestes. She is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Ph.D from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Sean Keilen received his Ph.D. in English from Stanford University. He comes to UCSC from the College of William and Mary (Virginia) where he has held an appointment since 2008. Keilen specializes in English and comparative literature of early modern Europe; specifically he examines the Renaissance inheritance of the classical tradition (its antiquarian propensities); poetry and poetics, in particular the early modern debates about the relative merits of poetry and rhetoric; early modern English literature more generally and, crucially, Shakespeare. He is proficient in Latin and Greek. His first single-authored book, Vulgar Eloquence: On the Renaissance Invention of English Literature (Yale University Press, 2006) examines the importance of Latin rhetoric to English literature by showing how early modern English poetic subjectivity was the outcome of an experience of domination that English historians associated with the Roman Conquest and English humanists with Roman eloquence itself. His book-in-progress, Lessons of the Poets: Literature and Love in Renaissance England, focuses on distinctions between poetry and rhetoric and early modern English poets’ invention of a literary tradition rooted in the aesthetic and the affective as a reaction against the lessons learned in grammar school about strategic rhetoric. It is under contract at Yale University Press. Keilen’s teaching areas include British Literature, The Classical Tradition, Renaissance Poetry and Poetics, Renaissance Drama, and Shakespeare. At the graduate level, he has taught course son Genre, The Ovidian Tradition, Paleography, Renaissance Gothic, and Imitation and Translation in Renaissance Literature. 

Emily Sloan-Pace is currently dramaturg for Santa Cruz Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.  She previously served as dramaturg for Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Henry IV 1 and 2, Henry V). She is also currently dramaturg at Shakespeare in San Quentin, where she works with inmates using Shakespeare’s plays for therapeutic purposes. Recent productions include Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice. Emily is the founder and director of Shakespeare at the Edges, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to non-traditional spaces and audiences. Emily lectures in Literature and Humanities at UCSC, and writes for The Huffington PostThe Shakespeare Standard and ACT’s Words on Plays. Follow her on twitter @shakespeareprof.

Michael Warren is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at UC Santa Cruz. He served as Textual Consultant to Shakespeare Santa Cruz from its first season in 1982 till its closure in 2013 and as dramaturg for many of its Shakespeare productions. He expects to continue in both roles for Santa Cruz Shakespeare. A past president of the Shakespeare Association of America, he has published The Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare's Two Versions of ‘King Lear,’ (co-edited with Gary Taylor), The Complete 'King Lear' 1608-1623, and numerous articles on the texts of English drama. He co-edited (with Gary Taylor) The Widow in The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton. He has also published Shakespeare: Life, Language and Linguistics, Textual Studies, and the Canon: An Annotated Bibliography of Shakespeare Studies 1623-2000.

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