Founded in 2014 as a newly independent theatre company, SCS continues a 40-year tradition of staging bold productions of the plays of Shakespeare and other great playwrights. Throughout our history, hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, have been enthralled, engaged, and energized by what we bring to the community.

Inspired by Shakespeare, we create and strengthen our community by bringing audiences and theatre artists together to celebrate stories about our collective humanity. Matching a fearless aesthetic with transparent financial responsibility, SCS is passionate about theatre that is inclusive, inquisitive, and that engages with the contemporary moment.

Repertory: In a true repertory company, actors play parts in most (or all) of the productions offered in any given season. Once each of the shows opens, it enters a schedule of rotating performances, so productions of multiple plays can be seen in a single week.

Professional: SCS believes in equitable wages and therefore hires members of entertainment trade unions providing salaries, pension, and health benefits for their members. For admittance into these unions, these artists must be highly regarded in their respective fields, and maintain their status by garnering regular works with other professional theatre companies. Non-union employees receive industry standard living-wage compensation for their work.

Educational: SCS engages with students and community members through many education programs, including professional internships, student matinees, free youth tickets, educational newsletters, lesson plans for teachers, symposiums, and in-school visits.

Our Staff

Our Staff

Larry Mabrey

Managing Director

Larry has been a theatre professional for over 35 years and has begun his second year at SCS. Previously he was Executive Director of Circus Flora in St. Louis, MO, Executive Director of West Virginia Public Theatre, and was the co-founder and producing artistic director of Avalon Theatre Company.  He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College and has completed the coursework for his MFA in Arts Management and Leadership.


Mike Ryan

Artistic Director

Mike, along with Marco Barricelli and the Shakespeare Play On Board of Directors, founded Santa Cruz Shakespeare in 2014, and he has been the Artistic Director since.  A 25 year veteran actor, he’s performed with regional theatres and Shakespeare festivals throughout the country.  He received his MFA from UCSD and his BFA from SMU where he was a National Merit Scholar.


Lydia Bushfield

Production Manager

Lydia has been a part of Santa Cruz Shakespeare since 2000. She has been a Props Artisan, Props Designer, Marketing Director and Production Manager. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she is involved in the theater community as an actress, director and playwright. She is also the Production Manager for Stonebrook Media.


Alexi Carr

Programs Manager

As a Santa Cruz native, Alexi grew up with SSC/SCS, attending every year with her family. After graduating from UCSC with a B.A. in Theater Arts, she started working for Santa Cruz Shakespeare in 2015. Within the organization, Alexi focuses on database report analysis, membership and donation inquiries, and education programming.


Vivian Rogers

Director of Development

Vivian brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience to SC Shakespeare. Her previous position was with the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.  She has enjoyed watching many of the productions at the Shakespearean summer festival since 2001.


Sue Dormanen

Company Manager

After a quiet career in writing and editing, Sue was thrilled to find a lively summer job with her long-time favorite theater company, supporting artists so they can do their best work while at SCS. Her favorite part of the job? Seeing all that’s involved in creating what finally comes to the stage.

Our Dedicated Board

Rick Wright, President

Bill Richter, Immediate Past President

Chris Frost, Vice President

Jean Shimoguchi, Secretary

Mark Dammann, Treasurer

Margaret Brose

Liz Sandoval


Mary Anne Carson

Lee Duffus

Anna Hackenbracht

Kent Imai

Kevin Lohman

Festival Founder: Audrey Stanley

SCS returns to live, outdoor performances in Summer 2022!

SCS returns to live, outdoor performances in Summer 2022!

Tickets will be on sale in early 2022.  Become a member today to enjoy early access to discounted tickets plus other great perks!