Santa Cruz Shakespeare Board

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Board
Chris Frost

Chris Frost

Chris Frost (or just Frost, there are already enough Chrises in the world) is the CTO of Cruzio Internet. He is an Infrastructure geek, a theatre lover and a hobby woodworker. He enjoys spending time working at the Grove maintaining and improving the space, which gives him ample justification for his addiction to power tools. In addition to his work with SCS, in 2020 Frost launched Equal Access Santa Cruz, an initiative to bring improved broadband to low income families throughout Santa Cruz county. Frost is married and lives in Live Oak where he can see the theatre space from his house if you climb on the roof and squint a bit.
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Mary Anne Carson

Vice President

A native Californian and advocate for the arts, Mary Anne first discovered the wonders of live Shakespeare performances while attending UCSC. She served on the board of directors for Shakespeare Santa Cruz from 2003-2008 and joined the Santa Cruz Shakespeare board in 2018. Mary Anne serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Santa Cruz County Bank. Throughout her 33-year banking career, she has been recognized for her leadership, community involvement and industry acumen by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Woman of Influence, by American Banker Magazine as one of the Top Women in Banking Teams in the country, by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce as Woman of the Year and by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce as Volunteer of the Year. She is a graduate of Leadership Santa Cruz County and Focus Agriculture.

Jean Shimoguchi

Jean Shimoguchi


Jean Shimoguchi joined the Board of Directors for Shakespeare Santa Cruz in 2006 and in 2013 helped work through its transition to become an independent organization -- Santa Cruz Shakespeare. After a brief hiatus, she rejoined the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Board in 2016 and is currently its Secretary. After decades of working in marketing and communications in the high-tech industry, Jean retired in November 2019 and is focusing her time on volunteering with Santa Cruz Shakespeare and the Mountain View Buddhist Temple. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Rick Wright

Rick Wright

Immediate Past President

Rick joined the SCS board in 2014, serving as president for 8 years.  In addition to shepherding the growth of the organization, Rick has played a key role in the design and development of the Grove.  Involved from the beginning, Rick planned the theater’s overall layout and designed the stage, tech-booth, bench seating, and most recently the soon-to-be-built multi-purpose actors' center and theater offices.  With a continuing eye on the growth and sustainability of the organization and the Grove, Rick continues to work towards improvements, which may include a better sunshade, permanent restrooms, and who knows what else.

When not working on something SCS-related, Rick is an IT exec, having worked as the VP of Ops for a tech consulting firm, and has led teams at Apple, Salesforce, Sony, and many other companies over the past 30+ years.

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Bill Richter

Founding Board President

Bill has been on the Festival’s Board since 2005 and is the founding Board President of SCS.  By day, he is a corporate and transactional lawyer, and the sole proprietor of Richter Law Offices, a Santa Cruz practice formed in 2002 dedicated to the representation of entrepreneurs, investors and inventors and the companies they form. Bill practiced corporate law for five years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Shearman & Sterling. He serves in leadership positions on the boards of Mahler Foundation, and the American Farm School & Perrotis College (Greece), and is an honorary lifetime trustee at Kirby School. A NY native, Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale College and earned a Masters Degree in Russian Studies from Harvard University and his JD from New York University School of Law.       

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Margaret Brose

Margaret Brose is a retired Professor of Literature and Italian Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her M.A and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University. She has received prizes for her books on poetry, and she is also a published translator of modern Italian poetry. She served as the Resident Director of the University of California Education Abroad Programs in Italy for a number of years. She is a former dancer, and a present practitioner of yoga.

Margaret began attending the very first Shakespeare Santa Cruz plays in the redwood dust-filled Glen in the mid 1980s. An avid supporter of the Festival, she joined the Board of Directors of SCS in 2015 to help shepherd it through its re-birth as independent non-profit organization. She believes that literature and live theatre are truly transformative powers, and very much needed in our present world; and that Santa Cruz Shakespeare is the heart of the arts in Northern California.

Margaret has been a long-time supporter of Santa Cruz Shakespeare, the UCSC Emeriti Association, The Homeless Shelter, Temple Beth El, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

She also supports the UCSC Osher Lifelong Learners Institute [OLLI], where she teaches courses on Dante’s Divine Comedy, and is a ready guide for people who want to descend into Hell with her.

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Lee Duffus


A native Californian, Lee Duffus has been a member of the Santa Cruz community since 1968 when he joined the cadre of pioneering staff and faculty at UC Santa Cruz. He served in a variety of administrative roles, retiring in 1992 as assistant vice chancellor. For the next ten years he owned and managed an independent bookstore in Aptos. 

Lee has served as a leadership volunteer with many organizations, including: United Way, the American Red Cross (chapter chair during the Loma Prieta Earthquake response and recovery; state, regional, and national assignments), UCSC Retirees Association and the systemwide Council of UC Retirement Associations, the Santa Cruz Symphony, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and the Cabrillo College Foundation. He also served two terms on the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission. Duffus joined the SCS board in 2019 and chairs the education committee.

Lee resides with his wife Emily in Santa Cruz.


Anna Hackenbracht

Anna and her husband David returned to California in 1988 to “take up residence” at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Academically, Anna completed her undergraduate education at Pomona College and then her doctorate in Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  Settling into Santa Cruz, Anna commuted to her job as Director of Strategic Planning at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco.  Anna and her family loved attending productions of Santa Cruz Shakespeare with their dear friend Audrey Stanley and when she retired she found time to join the Development Committee and later the Board.  Her passion is reaching out to groups within the Santa Cruz community who do not have the opportunity to attend theatre and partnering with other artistic organizations to enrich our cultural life.
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Kent Imai

Kent is a retired physician, a married father of 3, grandfather of 6, and our entire family loves Santa Cruz Shakespeare! He's been delighted to be a Board member for 7 years, and is excited to be helping to support SCS as it moves through an innovative period of transition with expanded year-round programming, robust educational outreach, and new artistic leadership and management. He believes that experiencing world class Shakespearean theatrical performance has the power to transform our lives individually and in relationship with our fellow audience members and the acting company. Kent says our community needs and deserves Santa Cruz Shakespeare!
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Kevin Lohman

Kevin Lohman has been a member of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare board since 2018. He has a diverse background which brings many insights to his work serving on the SCS board, and he loves supporting the arts. SCS means a lot to many in the Santa Cruz community, and Kevin wants to see SCS grow, which it can only do with the help of volunteers who have a passion for the arts. 
Kevin grew up in New York (don’t hold that against him) before moving to the west coast (and “mostly” losing his New York accent). He studied marine science through graduate school and loves being near the ocean, had a successful career in technology (most of his gadgets are made by Apple), spent many years playing with improv acting, and has been “developing" (pun intended) his photographic skills for more than 40 years, including becoming an award-winning wildlife photographer. He also practices puns and dad jokes on his understanding wife, family, and friends.
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Dorothy Wise

Dorothy is a seasoned software development executive having worked at such companies as Borland, Novell, Agile Software, and most recently is COO of Mesh Communities.  She is a strong supporter of the Arts and education in Santa Cruz County. Most notably she has been associated with the Santa Cruz Symphony since 1991 as a board member, board president and executive director, and has also been a board member for the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, Kirby School and Cabrillo College Foundation.  She has owned the Glenwood Equestrian Center for 23 years and enjoys competing in Dressage on her horse Sarah.

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