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Guide to the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Records
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Organization History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Shakespeare Santa Cruz records
    Dates: 1981-2001
    Collection number: UA 41
    Creator: Shakespeare Santa Cruz
    Collection Size: 16 boxes

    13 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. University Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection consists of prompt books, stage manager's workbooks, call sheets, performance receipts, costume information, posters and video tapes of interviews, and performances.
    Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.
    Boxes 1-7 - VHS tapes are restricted and unavailable for use

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Shakespeare Santa Cruz records. UA 41. University Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred to University Archives in 1992.

    Organization History

    It was Audrey Stanley's 1975 production of The Winter's Tale that caught the eye of UCSC Dean of Humanities and renowned Shakespearean scholar, Cesar Lombardi Barber, who first suggested the possibility of a Santa Cruz festival.
    Barber's death early in 1981 prompted UCSC sociology professor Dane Archer to write then Chancellor Robert Sinsheimer, proposing a Santa Cruz Shakespeare festival to honor Barber's memory, draw attention to the campus, and provide a medium where often-strained town-gown relations could improve. By late 1980 a group of UCSC people and community members had already come together as Shakespeare Santa Cruz and in early 1981, a proposal was submitted by Kristin Bolder-Froid, suggesting a 1982 summer festival with two plays, King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with seminars, workshops and films. Chancellor Sinsheimer approved the plan and gave the fledgling company a start-up grant. Shakespeare Santa Cruz was on its way. Karen Shinseimer, the founding board president, along with Audrey Stanley, Cleo Barber and Stella Kahrs, worked at generating community support and developed a Board of Directors that would represent the community as "Co-producers" of the festival.
    Now in its the 25th season (2006), Shakespeare Santa Cruz has earned a national reputation for producing innovative, intelligent Shakespeare productions and other classics. It is a professional resident theater that draws on the intellectual resources of the University of California, Santa Cruz and an international network of professional artists. Shakespeare Santa Cruz is committed to linking the best of contemporary scholarship with the highest artistic standards of production and the exciting possibilites of repertory performance. It serves as a vital resource to the greater Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas.
    The out-reach program, Shakespeare to Go was started by Shakespeare Santa Cruz eighteen years ago in collaboration with the UCSC Theater Arts Department. Each year, a Theater Arts faculty member casts and directs a 50 minute version of one of the plays that Shakespeare Santa Cruz will be presenting in the summer festival. The winter quarter is spent rehearsing the play with the UCSC student actors and the spring quarter is spent touring Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara Counties performing for school audiences.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of prompt books, stage manager's workbooks, call sheets, performance receipts, costume information, posters and video tapes of interviews, and performances from 1981-2009.
    A second accural remains unprocessed. For more information please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
    The VHS tapes are Restricted.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Shakespeare Santa Cruz--Archives
    Drama festivals--California--Santa
    Stanley, Audrey Eunice
    Gamel, Mary-Kay
    Whitworth, Paul
    Scheie, Danny
    University of California, Santa Cruz--Focused Research Activity in Shakespeare
    University of California, Santa Cruz--Theater Arts

    Other Finding Aids

    MS 108 Santa Cruz County Theatre collection, 1974-1982